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Massage for Detoxification

Some of the conditions associated with toxicity

• Auto immune diseases
• Multiple sclerosis
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Lethargy and muscle fatigue
• Psychological problems e.g. anxiety, depression, claustrophobia
• Cancer
• Colds
• Joint pain
• Arthritic changes
• Fevers
• Skin eruptions
• Digestive disturbances

Treatment of toxicity
Toxins which are circulating in the blood are normally eliminated through the colon, the kidneys, the lungs, by the liver via the bile, the mucus membranes, and the sweat glands in the skin. Other toxins like bacteria and minute particles such as coal dust are taken up and neutralized by the lymphatic system. Toxic substances can bind to proteins in the interstitial tissues and are then broken down by the action of phagocytes.

Effects and application of massage
Massage is very beneficial in the treatment of toxicity. It helps to relieve the symptoms such as headaches, myalgia and fatigue and improves the function of the organ or system affected.

Massage is first of all applied to improve the circulation systemically in order to secure a good nutritional supply to all tissues. It is also utilized to enhance the venous return which is essential for the removal of toxins. To this end massage movements like effleurage and petrissage are applied to the superficial tissues and to muscles. Circulation to the visceral organs can also be enhanced; using similar techniques and, in some cases, by more specific methods such as compression massage for the liver and for the kidneys (described further on).

See more at: http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/articles/558-massage-for-detoxification.html#sthash.h5rb1y16.dpuf

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Spring is here and it’s time to do some Spring cleaning – and that includes your insides.

SpringTea

 

 

 

 

SPRING DETOX TEA*

3oz green tea

2oz dried red clover blossoms

2oz dried calendula flowers

1oz dried burdock root

1oz dried lavender flowers

1oz dried dandelion leaf

1oz dried ginger root

combine the ingredients in a bowl and while gently mixing  with your hands slightly crumble the herbs and flowers to release their medicine, flavor and aroma ~ once mixed store in an airtight container & keep in the freezer to maintain freshness and potency

to brew : scoop one teaspoon into a tea strainer, or if you’re feeling fancy scoop into empty tea bags* to take with you or to share

 

* these ingredients can be found at health food/herbs stores such as Larrabee’s (Elmwood Park,IL) or on-line from Mountain Rose Herbs

Healthy Habits for Back to School

Crisp new clothes, backpacks bursting with school supplies, and fresh haircuts. Kids are headed back to school; it’s as sure a sign that fall is in the air as the leaves turning color. Autumn also means more demanding schedules for all kids—kindergarteners and high school students alike. Instill healthy routines in September to help keep your child robust throughout the school year.

  • Keep moving

The shift from outdoors to the classroom can mean a big drop in physical activity. Redirect children who head straight for the computer or television once the closing bell rings. Sign your child up for organized sports teams such as soccer or swimming, or after-school activities such as martial arts, gymnastics, dance, or yoga. Make exercise a family affair as well. Walk to your errands and to the park, hike a local trail, take a group bike ride, or work together in the garden.

  • Salute the sandman

In addition to its negative effects on overall health, lack of sleep has been found to be a major factor in poor school performance and behavioral problems. Establish a consistent sleep routine for the school year with set bedtimes. Younger children may need to adjust to going to bed earlier, so incrementally move bedtime back by 10 to 15 minutes over the course of the first week of school.

  • Make that morning meal mandatory

It’s widely held that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies show that children who regularly eat breakfast score better on standardized tests, experience fewer behavioral problems, and are less hyperactive than children who miss breakfast. Serve kids a healthy morning meal of whole-grain cereals, bagels, toast, or pancakes with fruit, cheese, and nut butters. In a time crunch, grab a granola or energy bar on your way out the door.

  • Lighten the load

Books, notebooks, calendars, and lunchboxes weigh down your child’s bulging backpack. This burgeoning weight can cause some undue harm to your child’s still-growing body. To minimize the effects, look for a pack with wide padded shoulder straps and a padded back that sits squarely on your child’s back. Make sure your child wears both straps: wearing the pack slung over one shoulder creates misalignment that causes muscle strain. Pack light and place the heaviest objects in the middle of the pack. Rolling backpacks are an option for kids who walk to school or to the bus; however, these can be awkward if your child has a lot of steps to manage.

Now it’s time to hit the books!

DIY Vitamin Water

It’s hot out there and staying hydrated is very important and water is the best way to rehydrate your body. However, sometimes we need a little bit more or we just want a little bit more. It’s no secret that vitamin-enhanced waters are loaded with calories, sugar and chemicals – which provides a short energy burst that only makes you crash later.

There is an alternative! Make a real energy drink at home for a fraction of the price. 

The fruit, herbs and veggies deliver a refreshing mix of vitamins and antioxidants that are proven to give you vital fuel. A homemade drink that tastes great, has all the benefits of the store bought options and you can pronounce all the ingredients. The best part of making this yourself is you have complete control over the nutritional value and sugar content of this drink. You can cater it specifically to your own needs.

Use distilled or purified water. You can use the pur filter on your tap, a Brita or bottled water. Add in your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs.  Here are some options:

  •  You can stir in some dried or fresh herbs like mint, rosemary, chamomile or lavender. Use 2 tbsp per quart. Tie the herbs in a thin muslin bag or put in a stainless steel tea ball or just drop fresh herbs in the water.
  •  You can add fresh fruit or vegetables like orange slices, lemon slices, peaches, berries, apple, pineapple, cucumber, celery, ginger etc. Be creative. Mix and match. Use about 1 -2 cups of fruit or vegetable per quart.  Put into a pitcher and steep overnight in the fridge to let the flavors mingle and mix.

Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study

Science is catching up with what tens of thousands already know – Reiki, and other types of energy work, produce results.

” After decades of often disputed validity, the effectiveness of Reiki, a holistic energy treatment is gaining new respect within the medical community. Not only are highly reputable medical facilities throughout the U.S. offering patients alternative healing programs such as Reiki, those facilities are analyzing the benefits of their programs and are submitting them for review and compilation. The results of these Reiki research studies are nothing short of remarkable…The most recent data analyzed (during 2008-9) shows strong evidence that Reiki is indeed responsible for a positive biological response in both humans and animals…New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus conducted one of the first studies ever performed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki treatments on the autonomic nervous system. This “blind, random study” included a Reiki treatment group, a “sham” treatment group and a “control” group. The testing began with all participants at “baseline” autonomic nervous systems levels. The results within the Reiki treatment group showed a lowering of these levels including heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These positive results led the team to recommend further, larger studies to look at the biological effects of Reiki treatment.”

READ FULL ARTICLE  HERE

 Experience for yourself the healing and balancing benefits of Reiki and schedule your session today!

Reflexology for Back Pain Relief

A study conducted at the Hospital of Beijing College of Languages investigated the effect of reflexology treatment on acute lower back pain. Twenty patients between the ages of 35 and 55, all of whom were teachers or office workers, and suffering from lower back strain participated in the study.

The reflex points on the patients’ feet were treated for a maximum of ten treatments and the results analyzed. All of the patients reported that the treatment had effectively eliminated their pain; 5 of the patients obtained complete relief after only one treatment, 10 after 3 to 4 treatments and a further 5 after 5 to 7 treatments. No analgesics or other medications were used throughout the course of treatments.

Although a small scale study, it adds to the growing body of evidence confirming that reflexology has extensive therapeutic value beyond the realms of mere relaxation and stress management.

– Xiao Zhenge, Hospital of Beijing College of Languages

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