If, like me, you aren’t feeling your best after the festive period of general over-indulgence, it might be time to help your body to detox.
Many people think that to detox their bodies they need to just focus on their diets. They are right to an extent. However, the great thing is you don’t have to go on a detox diet or drink kale smoothies to kick start your journey. Getting a massage helps your body’s own natural cleansing processes, which can slow down for a variety of reasons, for example over-indulgence, lack of regular exercise, not drinking enough or having enough fibre in your diet. If you haven’t been taking the best care of yourself (we can’t be perfect all the time!), a detoxifying massage can help set things right again.
The circulatory system: The regular movements and pressure applied to muscles, organs and tissues during massage therapy help stimulate the circulatory system. It works sort of like a sponge: When pressure is applied to the fat and tissue, the toxins are “squeezed” out from in between the muscle fibres and cells. They are then released into the circulatory system for easier elimination.
Your lymphatic fluid system and cardiovascular circulatory system work together to flush out toxins and carry immune cells throughout the body to help fight against infections. If your lymph fluid circulation gets lethargic, the toxins can build and the immune cells may not get carried to the areas of the body where they’re needed.
Since the lymph system doesn’t have a big central pump like the heart to keep things moving, it has to rely on gravity, exercise, breathing… and massage. So if you haven’t been as good as you should about your exercise and diet (it happens to the best of us!), that can affect how you feel and can cause aches, pains and swelling (lymphatic edema).
So if you’re not feeling your best or haven’t been as good about your diet and exercise routine lately, try a massage to get back on track. After your massage, remember to drink a glass or two of water to help the body flush out toxins more rapidly.
To book your massage and help your body with its detox journey, get in touch today.
I’m currently offering 25% off all massage therapies on Tuesday afternoons from 12pm – 7pm.