It’s spring again, and if you’re like many of us, you’re thinking of giving the house a clean, de-cluttering your life and getting ready to shed those winter layers then you might still be feeling a bit sluggish from a long winter. There are a few massage techniques that can help you banish those winter blues for good, detox and feel fresh ready for the coming Spring.
Many of us turn to massage to get rid of pain and stress on the spot, but did you ever think of getting massages a little more frequently right now to detox in spring? It’s a bright idea to get them year-round, but spring is an especially great time to investigate how massages can give you relief and defend you when seasonal change challenges your health.
What is a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Embody For You’s definition is super helpful –
Lymphatic drainage is essentially a form of massage carried out by a specialist practitioner. The first session involves a consultation to determine the client’s needs and, at that point, the number and frequency of future sessions is decided upon. Unlike some other forms of massage, lymphatic drainage utilises a very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. The process can take anywhere from 30 minutes with the masseur concentrating on a localised area, to two hours when working on the whole body.
Did you know that your lymphatic system helps your body to fight infections and disease by getting rid of toxins and waste? If the system gets sluggish you can feel a bit low and tired. Opt for an invigorating lymph drainage massage and you can speed things along, revving up your system, as the techniques used by the therapist works to mimic the natural detoxification process. The techniques move the lymphatic fluids along and clear any blockages, giving your immune system a boost and helping you fend off spring bugs and even allergies.
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Another way to get your lymphatic circulation going again is with a session of reflexology, which will also help to get your body’s systems back in balance too. If you’re feeling drained and tired, the therapist can help get you perked up, boost a tired digestive system, and help speed up elimination of toxins, leaving you with a definite spring in your step.
Most people think a hot stone massage is just an incredibly relaxing treatment to spoil themselves with, but it’s not just about the feel good factor; a professional hot stone massage has proven health benefits, too. When the warmed stones are placed on the right trigger points on your body, the heat penetrates tissues, dilates blood vessels, and helps to improve your circulation. You’re your circulation has been pepped up, it’s free to deliver more oxygen to your muscles, helping to banish the cold weather related aches and pains!
Make sure that if you book a detox treatment, there’s real science behind it, and you’re not just having a massage that feels nice with a bit of citrus oil – a real detox treatment will get lymph and circulation moving, clear and blockages, improve your digestion and boost your immunity – just what you need for a spring pick me up!
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