Detoxing isn’t all about juicing and clean eating – booking a massage is a more indulgent way to boost your cleanse.
Most of us feel sluggish, tired and bloated during the winter, especially after the festive season – no wonder so many of us embark on a cleansing regime in the New Year. Your body actually does a good job of detoxifying itself naturally – your liver, kidneys, bowels and skin all play important roles in getting rid of toxins.
Your lymphatic system is also key – this is a network of thin vessels and nodes that run through your whole body, carrying a clear fluid called lymph, which collects waste products, bacteria and damaged cells, to be filtered out by the lymph glands.
But while your body’s working away all the time to detox you, at times an extra bit of support can help make the process more efficient. Eating light, healthy meals, staying active, sleeping well and avoiding alcohol is a good place to start, but you can also add a regular home massage to the list.
It accelerates blood and lymph circulation, explains massage therapist Nina, speeding up the disposal of toxins out of your body. ‘Massage also helps work on the adhesions between muscles – which most people think of as “knots” – and that can release toxins into the bloodstream so they can be carried out,’ she explains.
Book an at home massage and you could boost your detox in indirect ways, too. ‘A massage relaxes you deeply, so you sleep better, which helps your body regenerate itself,’ Nina says. ‘And because it helps you feel more positive, you’ll be more motivated to look after yourself.’
How can you get the maximum detox benefits from your massage? ‘You should ideally have a 1½ hour massage every two weeks,’ says Nina. ‘Drink lots of water afterwards – you’ll have more toxins in your bloodstream for the first day or two, so you may get a headache if you don’t drink enough.’
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