Today I’m sharing a great post relating to wellness and self care with my friend Melody of Here & Now Massage. She is my go to for all things therapeutic massage! Just a few months ago I strained my neck & back playing with my boys – talk about getting old – and she helped me by doing cupping and it was life changing! Melody will come to your home and do her thing, making you feel like a brand new person when she’s done!!
It’s so important to take care of your body and know when it needs a rest, but did you also know massage can help kick off your detox or help with your immunity? This girl knows her stuff, so keep reading to see just how important taking care of your body
Shed Toxins, Boost Immunity and Combat Stress
Kick off your detox & wellness with massage
The start of a new year brings about a slew of resolutions, promises of better self care and a desperate need for a major detox. Whether you’re still trying to lose some of that holiday bloat, get your immune health in check or winter has you feeling blue, there’s no easier way to start your New Year, New Me program than with a detox massage.
Your skin is the the largest organ in the human body and also an important organ of elimination (like your liver and kidneys). Dry brushing helps to open your pores, stimulate your sweat glands and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin while riding dead skin cells in the process. This encourages the movement of lymph and blood which helps clear built-up toxins.
When toxins are in overdrive and you are in need of a detox boost or your immune system is at risk, a lymphatic drainage massage will help support your internal filtration system and get things moving.
Lymphatic drainage massage specifically targets the flow of lymph in the body. Using a specific amount of pressure and circular movements towards the heart, this technique is designed to stimulate the lymph, encouraging drainage of fluid and waste. Since the immune system is tied to the lymphatic system, if the flow of lymphatic materials slows, the immune system weakens. Lymphatic drainage massage can help improve the function of the immune system and increase the production of antibodies that fight off infections.
Tense? Stressed? Muscle pain? Add cupping therapy to your next massage session for even faster results. Cupping is believed to increase blood flow and circulation, resulting in a mild immune response. It’s also thought that cupping helps to release fascia, which can pull on muscles causing pain or limited mobility.
Enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out lingering toxins in your body’s tissues by incorporating cupping therapy into your massage session. Cupping therapy involves placing cups on the skin and creating a vacuum suction (negative pressure). Rather than applying pressure to muscles (traditional massage), the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward stimulating the flow of fresh blood and lymph to the affected area(s) and throughout the body.
After your massage, finish up with a warm glass of lemon water. Since Lymph is about 95% water, without enough of it the lymphatic fluid cannot flow properly. And, one of the most common causes of lymph congestion is dehydration. The alkalinity in lemon also helps to mineralize the body and lymph.
Thank you for sharing Melody!!!
If you’re in the Orange County area contact her for all of your massage therapy needs! We can vouch, she’s the best!!