Integrative medicine recognizes detoxification as the first important step in restoring the body to a natural, balanced, healthy state. While the amazing human body naturally removes most of the harmful things we may encounter- the toxic load may accumulate over years of eating less-than-nutritious processed food, drinking alcohol, using personal care products or cleaning products full of chemicals, and exposure to pollutants. This burden of potentially harmful substances can take its toll on an otherwise healthy person.
National Integrated Health Associates has devoted an entire area to detoxification at the integrative medical and dental center in Washington, D.C. The Rejuvenation & Detoxification Spa has several state-of-the-art detoxification therapies that can be used to enhance your natural detoxification and promote health and overall wellbeing.
Far Infrared Sauna
The far infrared sauna uses infrared rays which penetrate deep, heating the muscular tissues and the internal organs and releasing toxins through the sweat glands and skin without burdening the liver and kidneys. Unlike traditional saunas, infrared radiation directly heats the occupant without heating the surrounding air. This can induce 2-3 times the sweat volume of a traditional sauna while operating at lower, more comfortable temperatures. The skin is the largest detox organ, and as the pores open the skin sheds dead cells, leaving the skin glowing and clean. Infrared rays may help relieve pain, stiff joints, tension, fatigue and help control weight.
Oxygen Steam Cabinet
A very similar cleansing therapy to the infrared sauna is the oxygen steam cabinet because toxins are released through the skin. If you have respiratory problems like sinus congestion or asthma, you might prefer the moist heat of a steam bath. Steam inhalation is very helpful for bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies. Through oxygenation, the body generates heat and energy from its fuel, and disposes of wastes. The more oxygen we have in our body, the more energy we produce, and the more efficiently we can eliminate wastes. Oxygenating the cells of our body is an essential component of optimal health and healing and may improve the immune system and circulation and is a gentle form of detoxification.
Classic colon hydrotherapy, or colonic, is a gentle, low-pressure internal cleansing of the large intestine. Colon cleansing is an ancient hydrotherapy, used as early as 1500 B.C. by the Egyptians for the purpose of restoring healthy bowel function and removing excess waste. Colon hydrotherapy should be done under the guidance of a qualified therapist. It may provide relief from health issues including constipation, bloating, asthma, fatigue, skin rashes, acne, allergies, fibromyalgia and headaches.
The detox footbath is another cleansing therapy using water for a detoxifying effect. This state-of-the-art bio-energy charger uses a direct current to concentrate energy into the footbath water for an invigorating, detoxifying effect. The ionization works to naturally pull toxins out of the body through the pores of the feet. This therapy helps in restoring energy, increasing vitality and detoxification.
Massage therapy is an ancient therapy known for enhancing the flow of body fluid, reducing muscular tension and promoting relaxation. Through the manipulation of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue, massage creates a total sense of wellbeing and is effective for combating and relieving stress and body pain.
Reflexology is the application of firm pressure to areas on the reflex points on the feet, hands and/or ears that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs in the body. It is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress or pain, improve sleep, circulation and restore the body to a natural equilibrium.
For guided comprehensive detoxification, an individualized treatment plan can be developed by a physician using many of the state-of-the-art detoxification therapies and other options such as IV therapies, supplements and Hyperbaric Oxygen chamber (HBOT) to help you achieve your wellness goals.
Natural detoxifying therapies can easily be incorporated into your health routine. The Rejuvenation & Detoxification Spa is open from Monday – Saturday and conveniently located in the Washington, D.C., Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase area. Call 202-237 7000 to schedule.