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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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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.

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

Circadian Rhythms Influence Immunity

This article on the connecting between sleep and your immune system from the Huffington Post outlines how lack of sleep or low quality sleep can have effects beyond feeling the need for a second cup of coffee.

Reflexology can help ease the stress, tension and pain that may interfere with your ability to get good, restful sleep.

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It’s common knowledge that too little sleep can increase our odds of getting sick, but a new study sheds light on just how direct the connection is. Researchers found that the body’s circadian clock controls an essential immune system gene in mice — a gene that helps the body ward off bacteria and viruses…read full article

Headache relief can be as close as your fingertips!

Ease a headache in minutes.

Relief from the dull ache of a tension headache or the pounding of a migraine can be as simple as knowing the correct reflex/accupressure point : a point called “valley of Harmony” which is located between your thumb and index finger.

Simply apply firm pressure to this point for 2-3 minutes, then switch and repeat on the other hand. Usually your headache will dissipate by the time you’re done.

Research reveals that pressing this spot eases headache pain by promoting circulation and the release of feel-good endorphins.

How does Reflexology work?

Rorgans and their corresponding reflex areaseflexology is a hand-on treatment that is meant to bring the body to a state of harmony and well-being. In reflexology, it is believed that there are reflex zones on the hands, feet and even the ears that correlate to specific body functions and organs. Energy is constantly circulating between organs and every living cell. When energy is blocked, problems arise in the area of blockage and crystals develop in the reflex zone, which is the source of pain in the area when a reflexologist applies pressure. Through proper massaging techniques, the energy blockages are destroyed and vitality is renewed.

One of the most common uses for reflexology is for stress relief. In our fast paced society today, everyone is looking for a way to unload the stress of everyday life. The effects of stress have been studied for quite some time and it is known that if you do not release stress from your body on a regular basis, it will eventually wreak havoc on your body in the form of one of many different sicknesses or diseases. Stress is in fact, a silent killer.

Outside of using it for stress relieving purposes, reflexology is also a beneficial tool for improving circulation, relieving pain, and as an immune and nervous system stimulator. In fact, many people with illnesses such as allergies; chronic sinus problems; acid reflux; migraines; PMS; menopause; insomnia; fertility problems; fibromyalgia; depression and even arthritis report significantly improved conditions as a result of the treatment. Even if you are healthy, reflexology is beneficial as preventative medicine for the body and soul.

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