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Stretching, Massage, and Toxin Release

 
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The more I farm the more I've come to love stretching,  using a foam roller,  and getting occasional massages.  I've really come to appreciate all this for personal care routine.

One thing I hear is that these practices have the potential to remove toxins and lactic acid. I've tried to research this out of curiosity but have found conflicting reviews. I'm curious to hear what other permies think about this. It occurred to me tonight as I was thinking about it that quite a few people on here are professionals in alternative medicine.

For anyone new to growing food, I urge you to consider these practices for self care regardless of toxin release. Without them I really think I would have a lot of physical health issues now. Labor can wear on your body more than people realize
 
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The problem with a claim like ‘X removes toxins’ is it is completely unverifiable. What toxins are you even talking about? What does it mean to remove them?

I prefer to focus on tangibles. I get really REALLY stiff legs and back, to the point that I frequently have disturbed sleep due to the pain. When I get massages, do yoga and stretching I move more easily and sleep better. There are enough tangible benefits that I see no need to talk about nebulous ‘toxins’.
 
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Back when I played sports competitively, stretching and massage for lactic acid removal was a very big deal. If I had been running hills in a training session, it meant the difference between being able to train again the next day or not. Now that I'm an old lady I don't tend to do that much heavy stuff, but when I do I make sure I stretch or I might not be able to move at all the following day.
Massages are also very important, since I alternate between farm work and sitting in my office. That is probably the one big thing I miss with all this quarantine business, honestly. I try to be careful about ergonomics and how I move, but even so I've accumulated a set of adhesions and injuries that get cranky, and it's nice to work the kinks out. In the meantime, there is always yoga and my foam roller, which is heaven sent.
 
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To put another way... A properly functioning lymph system moves toxins out of the body. Stretching, yoga and massages move lymph.
 
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Once upon a time I got a lymphatic massage and felt amazing afterwards. I always sleep really well after stretching or getting a massage.


I second foam rollers being a godsend! It's really improved my quality of life
 
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I never get massages but after yoga streches I sleep well. It is difficult to strech after hard yakka when all you want to do it is to sit or lay down though. But even ten minutes do the trick.
 
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