It doesn’t need to be winter for you to feel under the weather. If you’re not feeling one hundred percent, and you’re not sure why – it may be time to detox. This doesn’t mean going on a special diet or an intensive juice cleanse for a week. What it means is that your body may have been building up some toxins due to lack of regular exercise, too few fluids, or not enough fiber in your diet. A massage can help kick start your body’s natural detoxing process.
Toxins can build up in your body’s muscle tissues over time. A massage can help with the cleansing process by stimulating the circulatory system and releasing the toxins from where they settle between the muscle fibers. The steady pressure and rhythmic strokes release the toxins into the circulatory system where it’s easier to eliminate them.
Massage has also been shown to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for working with the cardiovascular system to flush toxins from the body. Lymph fluid can become sluggish, which allows toxins to build up and affect your health. The lymphatic system does not have a central driving pump, like the heart, so it relies on exercise and breathing to remain in motion. Massage can help stimulate the movement of lymphatic fluids, which makes it more efficient at getting rid of those toxins that are slowing you down.
It happens to everyone – exercise, diet, and relaxation time sometimes get left by the wayside when life gets busy. This can leave you feeling sluggish and off balance, and therapeutic massage may be the starting point to getting you back on the right track!