Individuals often have different goals when it comes to detox retreats. Overall, the goal of detoxing with foods and juices (or even water or dry fasting) is improving your health. For some this can mean losing weight. For others it can mean eliminating symptoms of toxicity such as skin problems, hormonal imbalances, or other degradations of physical and mental function. For others, fasting and cleansing is a spiritual practice that they do in order to connect to the wholeness or divine within themselves.
Overall, doing a detox retreat gives your digestive system a break while providing nutrients in a more absorbable form. Many detox retreats will also include the use of herbs that support health, enemas or colonics to help clean the digestive system, and the use of ‘flushes’ which are shakes containing high amounts of fiber that sweep through your digestive tract and pull out anything stuck inside.
A detox retreat will often include classes on how to prepare and incorporate healthy food into your life. In addition classes such as yoga, qigong, dance, and meditation are often offered. In many places, specific types of massage that support detoxification such as lymphatic drain massage or Chi Nei Tsang, a Thai stomach massage, are offered.
The truth is, that cleansing is not always a pleasant process. Yet in the modern day, with all the toxins we are exposed to, it has become more and more of a necessity to incorporate such periods into our yearly schedule. It can be a challenge but when where you will leave having tapped into both a physical and spiritual strength within yourself that you may not have known you had.
Many people, having completed a detox retreat, report seeing improvements in overall health and wellness as well as being able to make long term changes to their habits and diets, producing long term wellness as well.
If you have more questions about detox and if it is the right path for you, please get in touch with one of our wellness coaches. We’re happy to help place you in the perfect retreat!