Are you like the people that want to jump on the band wagon and detox their bodies in the new year? Detox from what, though:sugar, processed foods, or maybe everything you ate in 2015?
Here is my question to you. Is your internal body clear enough to take on this massive and aggressive detox you may be getting ready to take on?
Do you know what could happen to you? I will tell you what you are risking, but you can avoid the risk and combine a different diet with any or all of these three physical activities to ensure success.
Yoga + Detox Cleanse = Positive Outcome
Massage + Detox Cleanse = Positive Outcome
Energy healing session + Detox Cleanse = Positive Outcome
Understand HERXHEIMER- MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY
DETOXING ALONE WITHOUT SUPPORT can be a recipe for trouble. On occasion when detoxing, particularly during your first few detoxes, you may experience some symptoms, often referred to as a healing crisis (Herxheimer reaction). It is characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during the cleansing or detoxification process. Reactions, when they occur, are almost always mild, but on rare occasions can be severe.
Read this before you start and come see me or any other Yoga teacher/ Massage Therapist or Energy Practitioner that are available at The Wellness Wheel.
There are three primary triggers for a detox reaction.
- Any large-scale die-off of bacteria can release a significant amount of toxins present within the actual bacteria. The stronger those toxins are and the more bacteria present to release them, the stronger the cleansing reaction. Colon cleansing, the use of probiotics, digestive enzymes, immune enhancers, and pathogen destroyers can all trigger bacterial die-off.
- Any detox that causes the organs of the body (particularly the liver, which is a storehouse of drug and poison residues) to purge their stored poisons and toxins, can trigger a cleansing reaction, as can the use of an herbal blood cleanser.
- Any program, such as fasting or the use of weight-loss herbs, that causes a rapid breakdown of fat cells (which are a storehouse for toxins) can be accompanied by a detox reaction.Any program, such as fasting or the use of weight-loss herbs, that causes a rapid breakdown of fat cells (which are a storehouse for toxins) can be accompanied by a detox reaction
The bottom line is that the body must go through an elimination process to achieve good health. There will be ups and downs. Symptoms, if they appear, are usually mild, but in some cases can be severe. Understand, the symptoms you experience are indicative of the cleansing, purifying process that is underway. Go as slowly as your body needs to so that your elimination is gradual and comfortable. Also, keep in mind that this is not an endurance contest. If symptoms become too severe, stop the detox and regroup. You can always restart the detox again at a later date.
ANY YOGA PRACTICE CAN BE HELPFUL TO THE BODY BEFORE YOU START A DETOX PROGRAM
Detoxing The Body’s Modes of Elimination
Our bodies are innately equipped with an ingenious and highly interactive system of organs and processes through which it has been naturally designed to mobilize and purge toxic materials from itself on an ongoing basis.
These are the body’s primary organs and pathways of elimination:
Each of these pathways is synergistically interconnected with and interdependent upon the others, and if they’re all functioning properly chances are we’ll enjoy good health.
However, if one or more of these pathways becomes sluggish, congested, overwhelmed, or is otherwise functioning less than optimally, this puts an unnatural burden on the others, which often results in unpleasant symptoms. For instance, if our liver is congested, especially during a cleanse, we may notice some skin eruptions like a rash or adult acne. Or if we’re experiencing constipation while doing a detox protocol, we may develop flu symptoms like swollen lymph glands, a sore throat, or perhaps a cough or lung congestion.
Massage Tension & Stress Reduction
Deep Tissue Massage can also reduce tension and stress, leading to lower blood pressure. According to a study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center, guests may experience a drop in blood pressure of up to 5.3 mm Hg following a deep massage session. LEARN MORE about Improving Blood Circulation
The pressure associated with deep massage improves lymphatic circulation and encourages drainage, which leads to an improved range of motion and more flexibility. Due to these benefits, this type of massage is often recommended for people who have recently undergone surgery. Consult your doctor before receiving massage therapy; there may be a period of healing that is necessary before receiving a massage is safe or appropriate. LEARN MORE about why it is important to Lower Your Heart Rate and Improved Flexibility
Energy- Emotional “Our emotions and thoughts are always accompanied by biochemical reactions in our bodies. Energy fields interact within an individual person, interact between one person and another, and between one person and the world in general. When we begin to appreciate ourselves as fields of energy with the ability to affect the quality of our own experience, we will be getting in touch with our innate ability to heal ourselves and create health every day of our lives.”
– Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Health
What it is
Energy therapy is the gentle art of clearing cellular memory through the human energy field promoting health, balance and relaxation. Energy therapy is based on the concept of connection between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realms of our lives found in many holistic healing methods. It uses focused healing energy to clear blocks that accumulate in the body hindering the natural flow of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy. This healing focus promotes personal empowerment, self-healing and spiritual growth.
Why it Works
For many people, feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, and tired become a way of life. Living this way can lead to health problems such as headache, digestive disorders, back and neck pain tension, and sleeplessness, among others. Additionally, situations such as conflict in relationships, both personal and professional, being unproductive and unhappy at work, can easily and consistently develop. These types of issues, which originate from physical, emotional, and mental stress often involve an unhealthy complex relationship between mind and body, are ideally suited for treatment with energy based bodywork and therapy.
Energy therapy acknowledges that negative life experiences create emotions such as anger, fear, stress, resentment, guilt and sadness and that these emotions become trapped in specific areas of the physical body. Trapped emotions, often called energy blocks, create physical, emotional and mental disharmony.
How it Works
During an energy session, suppressed emotions are released without the client having to remember the actual stressful event that caused the energy block. It is a safe, gentle, supportive method that can be used to release negative patterns of the past and help to empower and bring balance to your life. It is an extremely effective healing modality that releases stress, feelings of being overwhelmed, and negative emotions.
As a result, energy therapy…
- Releases tension and everyday stress that makes you feel tired, burned out, and overwhelmed.
- Creates a renewed sense of vitality.
- Supports healing on all levels—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
- Brings balance to your life, allowing you to enjoy a clear sense of purpose and direction.
- Leaves you with a deeply relaxed and calm state of being.
Lighten up… Automatically
Learn to Lighten Up…automatically…with the Four A’s of Ease:
1 Awareness: Starts with YOUR-SELF—your observation of your own emotion (energy-in-motion).
2 Absorption: Invite neutral curiosity to the observation. Learning in the experience of your own emotions is about enhancing your personal understanding and loving compassion as you honor your experience and the outcomes of your journey.
3 Acceptance: Embrace that feeling with compassionate understanding and you will automatically start to learn from it and integrate. Practice staying in “neutral.” It happens most easily by using or embracing the idea of no judgment.
4 Appreciation: Life is the result of your appreciation of your process and journey. It is about gratitude as part of the love vibration; an attitude of gratitude for the perfection that actually exists in each moment.
Face it, embrace it, automatically will replace it with a higher vibration or an easier situation occurring because the energy has been transformed and enlightened to a higher understanding…this is our creational potential and process.