Hot summer weather here in Arizona can put the body under a lot of pressure as we continue with activities. The heat alone can create uncomfortable swelling in the hands, legs and feet. Many people are still very physically active in the summer and outdoors workouts require a lot more hydration than usual. The more active the more likely you’re to strain the body and perhaps pull a muscle. Therefore it is important to listen to your body, hydrate frequently and stay hydrated.
A massage after a vigorous exercise unquestionably helps with reducing pain as well as discomfort. It also helps your muscles to stay limber and reduces the inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. A good relaxing massage is well known to relieving stress, your body releases endorphins and dopamine when you get a massage, which are the ‘Feel Good’ chemicals in your body. The summer tends to be busier with activities as the children are out of school. For Moms and Dads the “ME” time can be very rewarding with a relaxing and healing massage that also boost your immune system as long as you take the recommendations from the Massage Therapist to drink plenty of water to flush out all the toxins that were just released into your body.
A study was published in February issue of Science Translational Medicine after several biopsies on lower extremities they compared massaged and unmassaged legs and compared their repair processes and found out what difference massage makes. “They found that massage reduced the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation. Massage also stimulated mitochondria, which is the tiny powerhouses inside cells that convert glucose into the energy essential for cell function and repair. The bottom line is that there appears to be a suppression of pathways in inflammation and an increase in mitochondrial biogenesis, helping the muscle adopt to the demands of increase exercise, said the senior author, Dr. Mark A. Tarnopolsky.”
Colon Hydrotherapy is another very important avenue to a healthy living. 80% of our immune system is in our gut therefore flushing out all the toxins and parasites such as: Candida, ringworm, tapeworm and many others is crucial for our health. It is a gentle rinsing of the colon with warm water to remove the fecal matter that has been stuck on the walls of the colon, gas and mucus. This allows vital nutrients to be absorbed more easily and leaves you feeling rejuvenated and healthier. Colon hydrotherapy can also help to re-tone the colon by changing the water temperature during the course of the session, this is what helps with constipation. This therapy can also help with: bloating, gas, increases energy and concentration, can jump start weight loss and also encourages whole body detox for an overall well-being.
By: Kasia Kamasinska/Owner, Healing of the Body and Mind
Kasia Kamasinska (pronounced Kasha), is a Licensed Massage Therapist. After assisting a Physical Therapist for six years and learning the positive effects of massage on the body and mind, Kasia decided to return to school and obtain her massage therapy license. Kasia graduated from The Arizona School of Massage Therapy. She is a firm believer in the inseparable connection between body and mind, my mission is to support individuals in achieving their life balance through personal wellness.