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Benefits of Detoxification

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In my previous column, I spoke about the benefits of massage therapy as one method of assisting our bodies to detox everyday pollutants ingested in some form through food, inhalation, or contact that we oftentimes cannot control. As a licensed massage therapist who undertook this profession in my mid-fifties, I have come to learn how important massage therapy is to one’s overall health and well being. Just look at this list of benefits we receive when we choose massage therapy on a regular basis.

  • Relieves stress, pain, pain induced anxiety, and muscle congestion
  • Improves range of motion increasing flexibility and muscle tone
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Improves metabolic waste removal strengthening immune function
  • Improves alertness
  • Reduces swelling
  • Clears thinking
  • Encourages faster healing time
  • Relieves tension headaches
  • Provides a sense of well-being
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Supports white blood cell proliferation aiding our immune system
  • Reduces depression
  • Relives symptoms of nausea and vomiting for the cancer patient
  • Enhances body image

Just think: 60 to 90 minutes of specialized care by a skilled professional massage therapist gives you all these benefits. What’s more: in the long run, each of us will be sick less often or not at all, thus reducing medical costs and lost time at work. Overall the cost of massage is a small price to pay to have great health and to take personal care of one’s self.

By giving the gift of massage to yourself and to those you love, it demonstrates an investment in caring and health. If you are an employer, a massage gift certificate becomes a special employee gift that says you care. But don’t forget to give one to yourself as well, for you cannot lead as effectively if you are not at your optimal best.

I believe it is important to select a massage therapist who is knowledgeable about the biological, chemical, and physiological systems of the body. Our community is fortunate to have many well trained therapists, many of whom specialize in effective modalities such as cranio-sacral therapy, myofascial release therapy, positional release therapy, Swedish relaxation massage, and deep tissue sports injury related massage therapy. I suggest conducting an interview with the therapist of your choice. A well trained therapist will welcome your concern and will knowledgeably answer all your questions. But don’t hesitate to experience the health-filled benefits massage therapy holds for your well being. Taking care of ourselves is of primary importance in today’s industrialized, toxin-filled life experience.

Krystle Shapiro is a Washington State licensed medical massage therapist. She owns Touchstone Massage Therapies located in the Stepping Stones Wellness Center at 803 W. Pine Street, Sandpoint. Krystle specializes in oncology massage therapy with emphasis on lymphedema treatment. She is currently undertaking a Master of Science of Holistic Nutrition program and can be reached at 208/290-6760.

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