New Year Detox Alternatives

Rest Relax Renew Do you have a New Year detox or cleanse planned? Not so fast. The beginning of a new year seems like the best time to turn over a new leaf and purge all of those holiday indulgences that may have left you feeling tired and sluggish.

But before you gear up to do a New Year detox it’s worth considering that this time of year may not be ideal for a full body cleanse. The reality is that cleanses are taxing on the system. The body has to work hard to remove toxins that are deeply embedded in the tissues and organs.

Once these impurities are released, the lymphatic system sweeps the cells to remove them from the body. This is a big job! Additionally, cleanses can also result in unpleasant symptoms like congestion, runny nose and sore throat.

Instead of embarking on a New Year detox, consider taking some time to rest and recover. Focus on eating healthful foods that support the body. Soups made with fresh vegetables and homemade broth give powerful support to the immune system while providing the body with nutrients that are needed for high energy and radiant skin.

It’s also important to slow down and create space to relax and nourish your body. Committing to simple relaxation rituals is essential for releasing stored tension and promoting feelings of well being. One way to kick off your commitment to relax in 2016 is with the Natural Body Series of affordable commitments. Here are just a few offerings:

Rest and Renew Body Therapy

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Essential oils are combined with cinnamon and applied to the body to re-mineralize and deeply nourish the skin. Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory widely known for its health benefits. It improves blood circulation, alleviates symptoms associated with respiratory infections, regulates blood sugar and helps to reduce high cholesterol.

This hydrating therapy also combines the technique of dry brushing to exfoliate and encourage skin cell turnover. During the exfoliation Narayan Oil is used to release tension and soothe muscles. This oil combines essential oils of Clove, Eucalyptus and Peppermint for a cooling sensation that also enlivens the senses.

A 75-minute session is just $135

Sleep Massage with Valerian and Hops

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Relax, rest and recover with a comforting sleep massage with Kneipp Massage Oil. Valerian and Hops are botanical extracts that encourage deep, rejuvenating sleep which is essential for the body to function at an optimal level. This massage will leave you feeling well-rested and completely renewed.

The winter season is the perfect time to rest and recharge in preparation for the increased activity that always comes in the spring. Commitment to simple relaxation rituals not only relieves stress, but it also rejuvenates the mind. Take advantage of this time to pamper yourself and prepare for an incredible year!

Erica Jones is a natural and organic beauty educator, co-founder of Designer Health Centers and creator of

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