A chance for you to spring clean your body

Whitsunday Times - - LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD -

FEEL­ING slug­gish af­ter win­ter? It’s nat­u­ral that your body wants to cleanse af­ter months of eat­ing heavy foods and liv­ing a slug­gish life­style.

There are ways to over­come this feel­ing and as­sist with cleans­ing your body. A healthy diet, in­creased ac­tiv­ity, and avoid­ing al­co­hol are some of the ways.

Tra­di­tional ther­a­pies such as yoga and mas­sage can also help.

Michelle Smail at Yoga for Life says her style of ayurveda yoga caters for peo­ple feel­ing lethar­gic and peps them up again through flow­ing move­ments that in­crease the body’s abil­ity to build heat to re­move tox­ins.

It’s a spe­cific way of prac­tic­ing yoga to en­cour­age a bal­ance in life, she said, and Ms Smail can tai­lor each pro­gram to in­di­vid­ual needs.

“Re­vive, restore and re­new,” are her words com­ing into spring.

“It’s liver sea­son. Time to de­con­gest your liver and op­ti­mize gall blad­der func­tion. Over win­ter, bile can build up and clog di­ges­tive sys­tems. The lovely thing is, the body has a nat­u­ral urge to cleanse,” she said.

She rec­om­mends drink­ing hot wa­ter to flush tox­ins and hy­drate the body, and eat­ing fresh food such as green leafy veg­eta­bles and berries and in­clude warm­ing spices such as turmeric to your cook­ing to help stim­u­late the di­ges­tive sys­tem.

Mas­sage can also help. Her spe­cial form of ab­hyanga mas­sage, a deeply pen­e­trat­ing warm oil mas­sage that im­proves cir­cu­la­tion and re­moves tox­ins, also as­sists in cleans­ing.

So a com­bi­na­tion of ayurveda yoga, ab­hyanga mas­sage and eat­ing well is the ideal way to spring clean your body af­ter a long win­ter of re­duced ac­tiv­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Ms Smail at Yoga for Life at 0419 820 653.

MIND, BODY, SOUL: Yoga for Life's Michelle Smail does a shi­rod­hara treat­ment on her sis­ter, Nicki dePreu.

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