Massage, for many of us, is one of nicest ways to unwind and de-stress. But apart from its obvious benefits, massage is one of the best ways to detox the body. It can help relieve symptoms such as headaches, myalgia and fatigue.
Toxins are removed from the body via our lymphatic system. As well as reducing edema, lymph massage increases the flow of lymph in our interstitial spaces. Proper circulation in tissue cells is vital for both metabolism and good health.
Without getting too technical, studies have shown that massage creates enough pressure to mechanically push the lymph through the gaps between the endothelial cells of the collection lymph vessels. Raising the skin’s temperature through massage techniques also forces more junctions between the endothelial cells to open. Both these functions increase the drainage effect on the lymphatic system.
The skin is our largest detox organ and massage movements increase circulation and de-congest the pores. The kidneys and liver are also important detoxification pathways. Regular massage improves the function of both these organs. Massage in the kidney area increases circulation to and from the kidneys and improves their filtration and elimination functions. The liver removes toxic substances from the body including bacteria and drugs such as penicillin ampicillin and sulfonamides. Massage helps circulation to the liver via the hepatic portal vein.