Why Do We Detox

By Camille Pierson

Often, after the indulgences of the festive period we become more aware then ever of the impact that our lifestyle can have on both our energy levels and mental processes.

No matter which type of detox programme we choose, most of us see the new year as an opportunity to get into good habits and improve our health – as a means to improving our sense of wellbeing and therefore the quality of our lives.

How can Traditional Thai Massage help?

Whether you’ve chosen a detox approach to achieve weight loss, eliminate toxins such as food preservatives & additives or intend to start a new exercise regime it is important to remember that a multifaceted approach that takes into account your mind, body & emotional wellbeing, is the key to success.

Traditional Thai Massage can be of huge benefit in supporting you during whichever detox you are undertaking. Below are a few examples of how this ancient form of massage can help your detox programme:

Assists the Lymphatic System

Traditional Thai Massage aids the detoxification process by encouraging lymphatic drainage.

During Traditional Thai Massage your muscles are worked on and you are encouraged to take deep relaxing breathes all of which contribute to assisting your lymphatic system.

The primary function of your lymphatic system is to transport lymph (lymph is basically excessive or unwanted tissue fluid) throughout your body in order to rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. It also plays a vital role with immunity as it produces white blood cells which play a part in the body’s natural defences and immunity against disease.

Unlike your cardiovascular system, which is pumped by your heart, the lymphatic system does not have a pump and lymph is circulated by the movement of the body’s muscles and is also assisted by the movements involved in respiration.

Receiving a Traditional Thai Massage particularly when gentle spinal twists & backbends are included, will encourage the lymphatic system to function correctly and your body can then eliminate unwanted toxins more efficiently.

Increases Blood Flow

It’s important that your blood flows freely so that your organs receive all the nutrients, especially oxygen, needed in order to function properly.

Gentle stretches are performed during a Traditional Thai Massage, and these can help to increase blood flow. Moving your muscles will encourage the blood to flow faster through your tissues, which will in turn help you to feel more energised.

Also, you will be encouraged to perform some deep breathing during certain movements and this breathing engages the diaphragm and promotes fresh oxygen supply to the bloodstream, purging carbon dioxide and accelerating the detox process.

Increases Peristalsis

Peristalsis is the term used to describe the muscular contractions that take place in the digestive tract so that food is moved through the digestive system, urine is passed from the kidney to the bladder and bile is passed from the gallbladder to the duodenum (part of the small intestine).

As Traditional Thai Massage is such a thorough and ‘complete body’ form of treatment the Abdomen is included. The gentle attention paid to this area achieves a calming effect, encourages deeper breathing and at the same time various Sen (acupressure points) are massaged to stimulate the internal organs (intestines, kidneys, liver, spleen) which therefore encourages elimination of waste and unwanted toxins.

So you can see, in addition to the multitude of benefits including relaxation, reducing stress & tension, improved sleep and improved mental activity; Traditional Thai Massage can also really assist your detox programme and help you achieve those goals that will in turn enable you to attract more happiness and positivity into your life.

Shelley Goy trained at ‘The Wat Po Traditional Medical School’ in Bangkok where the southern style of massage is taught. Having experienced southern & northern styles Shelley continued to study northern style here in the UK at the ‘Sussex Thai Massage School’.

Shelley feels that upholding the purist form of Traditional Thai Massage is of the utmost importance. This unique ancient healing art combines massage therapy, acupressure and gentle stretching and has been practised for thousands of years and Shelley insists that its integrity must be honoured and maintained through its practice.

Shelley is available all week at The Float Spa, and should you have any questions can be contacted directly:

e: medellamassage@mail.com

t: 07921 787 720

About the Author:

Camille Pierson
Camille is the managing director of the Float Spa and a Trustee of the Brighton Yoga Foundation. She’s immensely proud of the community she’s built at the float spa and takes real pleasure from seeing yoga & floating transform people’s lives. She’s also a mother of two.

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