Massage and Cleansing: Helping Your Body Detox with this Self Care Practice

Have you been putting off getting that massage because you think, “well, I don’t really NEED it right now, that’s kind of a luxury expense and it’s really not necessary”…blah blah blah….

Well, I’m here to tell you to STOP DOING THAT!!  Don’t talk yourself out of something that will not only soothe you mentally but will have physiological benefits to your health as well.

Here’s why:

Your body was made to rid itself of unwanted freeloaders.  Your circulatory system along with your organs are all in place so that when foreign stuff comes in, it can quickly filter it out.

BUT….because of the overload of toxins that we encounter in a day be it: air pollution, processed food, cleaning chemicals or any product we use on our body we are constantly being exposed to substances that create an overload of toxins in our cells and results in us having a large toxic load.

Another reason these toxins may start to build up and get stuck in our system is because of living a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise and movement are key players in upping your bodies circulation and therefore helping it to cleanse itself of all that garbage that is foreign to our cells.  “Your heart is vital to cardiovascular circulatory system function, helping to pump oxygenated blood around your body to nourish cells and organs and eliminate waste.” (1)  Moral of the story here, get off your butt and move!

Ok so you may roll your eyes here but another reason you may be slacking in circulation is because you are not drinking enough water.  I know I know….you hear it all the time, DRINK MORE WATER, but that’s because our bodies are made up of up to 60% water.  So naturally if you aren’t replenishing what you are using you will dry up and your circulation will be nill.  Drink up!

This caption sums up perfectly why massage can be so beneficial to cleaning up our bods and getting back to feeling like a rock star:

 

“The rhythmic strokes and pressure applied to muscles, tissues and organs during massage therapy help stimulate the circulatory system. It works sort of like a sponge: When pressure is applied to the tissue and fat, toxins are literally “squeezed” out from in between the muscle fibers and cells. They’re released into the circulatory system for easier elimination.

Your lymphatic fluid system works with your cardiovascular circulatory system to flush out toxins and carry immune cells throughout the body to help defend against infections. If your lymph fluid circulation gets sluggish, toxins can accumulate and 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, diet and “me time” routine (it happens to the best of us!), that can affect how you feel, causing aches, pains and swelling (lymph edema). It can also cause deterioration in organs and glands like the thymus that are vital players in your immune system.

It’s easy to see why detoxification is important to avoiding illness and chronic health conditions. 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. Remember to drink a glass or two of pure water after massage to help the body flush out toxins more rapidly.” (2)

 

So there you have it, call your massage therapist, book that appointment and DO NOT feel guilty about it.  Your body needs this and you will show up as a clean vibrant person in your life because of it.

 

Sources:

  1. Eshe Asale (Jul 18, 2017).  Massage Therapy & Chemical Detoxification. Article. https://www.livestrong.com/article/271614-massage-therapy-chemical-detoxification/
  2. Elements Massage (Feb 9, 2011). How Does Massage Help Your Body Detox?. Blog. https://elementsmassage.com/spokane-valley/blog/how-does-massage-help-your-body-detox-

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