Spring Lifestyle Boosters
With Emma Thompson, Musculoskeletal Therapist
- Lymphatic Massage
Our Lymphatic System is our intrinsic detoxification system. Lymphatic Massage assists to manually stimulate our Lymph to gain a more efficient function of waste removal. This light-handed treatment consists of a gentle rhythmic pressure over your lymphatic channels and nodal sites to relieve the body of stagnated toxins, bacteria’s and cellular wastes that accumulate overtime.
- Dry Body Brushing
Dry Body Brushing is an ancient Ayurvedic Medicine technique; that helps keeps pores clear and skin active to assist in the bodies cleansing process. As we age our bodies become less effective in shedding outer layers of dead skin and if skin becomes inactive its ability to remove excess toxins is impaired. Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it is estimated that one-third of our bodies impurities exit via this means making skin one of our bodies most important organs in the detoxification process. Follow these simple steps and start to add body brushing into your daily ritual.
- Detox Body Scrub
Regular exfoliation aids in detoxification by activating the skin. This invigorating coffee scrub stimulates circulation (coffee), assists with removal of dead skin cells (sugar) and repairs outer skin barrier (coconut oil). Mix Together:
- 1 cup Ground Coffee
- ½ Cup Raw Sugar
- ¼ Cup Coconut Oil
- A few drops of Sweet Orange or Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus is best for lymphatic stimulation)
For best results apply to dry skin and wash off after 5-10 minutes. Apply once a week.
- Detox Bath
Bathing is an act of spiritual and physical cleansing. Relax and sweat toxins/waste materials out through the skin. Try this detox bath recipe for an extra boost.
- ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ a Cup of Epsom Salts
- ½ Cup Bicarb Soda
- 1tsp of Ginger powder
- Few drops Lemon Essential Oil (Alternative Lemon Zest)
- Few drops Rosemary Essential Oil (Alternative Fresh Rosemary Sprigs)
No Bath: Fill a bucket with warm water and soak the feet, they have amazing absorption powers and feed directly to the rest of the body so a foot soak is essentially as powerful as a whole-body immersion.
- Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic Medicine technique that has been used for thousands of years as a detoxification therapy. It is a daily practice that helps clear the body of toxic chemicals that build up in the mouth overtime. Our mouth is a focal point for bacteria and microorganisms that mix with our saliva and eventually end up in the bloodstream. Oil Pulling activates enzymes that have a powerful detoxifying effect on our entire system; it pulls toxins, bacteria, fungus and other nasties from the mouth.
- Get One Tablespoon of Cold Pressed Oil (I prefer Coconut oil as its tastier and has an added benefit of being anti-bacterial but Sesame and Sunflower also work well)
- Swish the oil around in your mouth gently pushing and pulling the oil around the checks and through the teeth.
- For a Start Swill for 5 minutes and build up to 20
- Dispose of all the now “toxic” oil (Do not Swallow).
- Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
- Dispose of Toxic Products
As an organ of absorption, it is estimated our skin soaks up 60-70% of what we put on it. With the average person lathering and spraying 10 different skin care products on his or her body every day we are essentially soaking up thousands of excess chemicals. Be aware of the products and the ingredients listed to help limit exposure, disposing of any that contain:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
- BHA & BHT
- Aluminium-based anti-perspirants (these products can block sweat glands resulting in a build-up of toxins within the body).
Buying natural and organic products that are as close to nature as possible, where possible is best.
Move your body to increase the productivity of your lymphatic system, rhythmical tensing and relaxing of muscles during physical activity forces interstitial fluid into lymphatic channels. Jumping, walking, running and activities that involve large muscle groups are best. Yoga is also a brilliant lymph stimulator with its combination of deep breathing and gentle movements. Inversion poses help reverse the effect of gravity by draining lymph from legs and poses that involve abdominal twisting help by massaging and stimulating lymphatic organs such as the spleen. Aim to move your body for at least 30mins – 1 hour a day.
Relax your body by cultivating a positive relationship between the body and mind. Mindfulness Meditation is a form of mental training that supports the mind to be more focused, clear and effective. Practicing regular meditation can have an overall positive relaxation effect on the body as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, calming the body instantly and creating an environment ideal for our physiological functioning. When you combine your practice with deep breathing you contract and expand the diaphragm, which stimulates lymphatic flow. Lymph relies on the pumping action of deep breathing for fluent movement of lymphatic fluids. An easy way to re-centre yourself is to do a quick body scan meditation.
- Start at your toes, slowly work your way up one side of the body, taking note of how you feel at each step, where you are feeling tension, where the body feels relaxed and any sensations that might be occurring at a deeper level.
- Repeat with the opposite side.
- Technology Break
Every day we are subjected to at least 3 different types of communication outlets. Technology is frequently advancing and we are quickly becoming a generation fixated on gadgets. All this constant connectivity is mentally and physically draining. We need to allow time for our brain to recharge, relax and recuperate. Giving ourselves a few peaceful hours to switch off, disconnect from the external world and interconnect with ourselves can help regenerate a stressful mind and restore the positive relationship we have with one’s self.
During sleep the body repairs, reenergises and prepares for renewed activity. During the day toxins build in our system which cannot be immediately taken care of. These toxins produce fatigue. Sleep gives time to expel these wastes and restore strength to our muscles, nerves and brain. To heal, the healthy amount of sleep for the average adult is around seven to eight hours each night. If you are having trouble falling to sleep, try the 4-7-8 breathing technique to help slow heart rate down and send you to a state of deep relaxation.
- Breathe in through your nose for 4-seconds
- Hold breath for 7-seconds
- Exhale through your mouth for 8-seconds