Low energy, depression, digestive problems, frequent headaches, poor memory, sugar cravings and skin problems. These symptoms can really impair quality of life. They are pointers telling you that your body needs a detox.
There are so many toxins in the environment – the air we breathe (pollution), radiation, chemicals (household chemicals included), pesticides and chemicals in the food we eat, medication, etc. Emotions can also be toxic. We are bombarded with this toxic cocktail which causes accumulation of toxins and energy blockages in our bodies.
Everyone needs to detox. Some people choose to do heavy detoxing and reap the benefits (after they have gotten over day 3 & 4 which are usually the days where people experience detox symptoms such as headaches, nausea and flu like symptoms). However, some maintenance should be taken to ‘preserve’ the effects of the detox.
Other people choose to detox occasionally and others choose to detox daily with nutrition, tissue salts, essential oils, semi-precious gem stones, ‘earthing’ / ‘grounding’, yoga, etc. There are many options to choose from. You just need to find one that suits your lifestyle.
When toxins accumulate, our bodies warn us in the form of pain and other symptoms, such as headaches, sinus congestion, shoulder pain, gout, indigestion, etc. If these symptoms persist, and are not addressed at the root, more serious diseases can develop.
Reflexologists look at the symptom picture of the patient to see if there is a pattern and which meridians (energy pathways) are affected and then concentrate more on that area. Toxic overload impairs the strength of our body’s natural self-healing mechanism. Everyone is affected differently depending on their body’s strengths and weaknesses.
Our bodies need support in order to deal with the overload of toxins. Reflexology is a beneficial therapy to detox the body. Reflexologists work to unblock the energy pathways, that have been clogged up with toxins, by stimulating specific reflex areas on the feet that correspond to different organs and the energy pathways in the body. This optimizes the functioning of the organs by improving blood flow to them and increasing lymphatic fluid movement to get rid of toxins.
Many patients experience detox symptoms after a reflexology session depending on how ‘toxic’ their bodies were and how the react to the treatment. Detox symptoms may include: headaches, nausea, moodiness, a change in sleep pattern, increased bowel movement, increased urination, and feeling of relaxation. Generally the ‘worse’ the symptoms, the more toxic the body is. People who experience these symptoms should ideally come for more frequent reflexology treatments until the ‘negative’ symptoms are alleviated. The more frequent the patient gets reflexology treatments the faster the problems can be resolved and the person rejuvenated.
When reflexologists work specifically to detox the body they focus on specific reflex points to help unblock the pathways and increase efficiency of the organs. The reflexologist concentrates on stimulation of the colon, urinary tract, liver, lymphatic system and the lungs. This stimulates the body to eliminate the toxins.
Ensure that you drink sufficient water or herbal tea after a reflexology treatment to facilitate the detox process. You can even take a bath with a cup Epson salts to help draw out the toxins. Some reflexologist may also recommend other ‘home – therapies’.
If you want to support your body even more you can use nutrition and herbs to help detox the body. First cleanse the colon with fibre rich foods: fresh and raw fruits and vegetables, psyllium husk (with sufficient liquid) and slippery elm. Detox with urinary tract with parsley, cranberries, asparagus, marshmallow root and water. Once the eliminatory pathways are cleared cleanse the liver with turmeric, milk thistle, beetroot, ginger, burdock root and olive oil.
When to use Reflexology for detox?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that impair quality of life (examples mentioned in the introduction)
Before and / or after medical procedures (drugs or surgery)
During and after a stressful period
If you have any pain, infections or swelling
Before / during / after exposure to radiation and chemotherapy
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