Detoxifying Massage

blend 30 ml (one ounce) of sesame oil (or a carrier oil of your choosing) with 2 drops each of grapefruit, clary sage, and fennel, and one drop of either tea tree (for outbreak prone skin), or melissa (for all other skin types) essential oils. Tea tree has medicinal properties and provides disinfection for outbreaks and irritated skin. Melissa is soothing with mild disinfection properties. Clary sage is a euphoric with benefits for the reproductive system and the libido. It is a great balancer during menopause, and it stimulates creativity while releasing inhibition.

caution
should be taken when it is used before driving or activities requiring mental focus.

Fennel is used in the treatment of PMS, menstrual cramps, and wrinkles. Grapefruit is cleansing, helps to break up cellulite, and is a detoxifier, and a mild diuretic. I like to gently warm the massage oil before using it, I use an old glass spice jar that I take into the shower during my preparation time. Other options are a canning jar on a coffee maker hotplate, or a jar in a baby-bottle warmer. Avoid microwaves because they denature the activity of wholesome foods and essential oils. As well stay away from open flames; fire and oil are a dangerous combination.

warm
up with a shower and prepare the skin by mildly exfoliating with a body scrub or brush. This will open the pores and stimulate the skin.

the key
to a good massage is to have one hand on the body at all times. An excellent massage is with more than two hands doing the procedure. Lomi Lomi massage principles illustrate this strategy. The brain tunes out when two or more areas of the body are being manipulated or two or more techniques are being used. The mind at war to choose one over the other causes the brain to let go and the body to relax.

effleurage: stroking, gliding and pulling motions. As with all treatments massage toward the heart. Beginning at the ankles, slide your oiled hands upward, hand over hand, toward the lymph nodes behind your knees. Then move up the thigh, sweeping hand over hand toward the groin area, also the site of lymph nodes. Spend at least one minute on each leg. Now move to the hands and arms and repeat the procedure.

petrissage: kneading, wringing and squeezing motions. This is for the large tissue areas such as the thighs, arms, and back.

tapotement: percussion; hacking, pummelling, cupping, and chopping motion. Do not perform on the stomach or lower back to prevent injury to the kidneys.

friction: rub with the palms or with a soft brush or loofah.

when you've finished the massage, take a shower and cleanse the oil from your skin. A soak in a warm seaweed bath will continue the detoxifying process and complete the lymphatic cleansing process.

To help flush dislodged lymphatic waste out of your system, drink at least 2 litres of water over the next twenty-four hours. Drinking warm water in smaller amounts is preferable as it will keep the kidney hydrated while it is processing the lymphatic waste.

gentle and natural