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"Best of the Burgh" 2016 VOTING IS NOW OPEN

Thanks to all of our wonderful clients for helping us to become the business we are today! We would love your support to once again be recognized as part of the "Best of the Burgh" in the Business section for the Spa Category. Please click here to vote now, and copy and paste our name from below because we know it's a mouthful but it must be used in full for your vote to count!

*Please vote by March 30th

-Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health & Healing

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The Art of Detoxing

The Art of Detox


Cleansing and detoxing are an essential part of our healthy life cycle. It is practiced in virtually every culture in some way shape or form and can mean different things to different people. For me I began with the occasional fasting during certain parts of the year with my church. It was generally something we made fun by staying overnight and making it like a camp out with our friends and family, fasting for 24 hours and then celebrating with a nice breakfast the next morning. As I’ve grown older and wiser my cleansing process has matured with me. During my time in massage school we spent time discussing nutrition as an overall approach to wellness which greatly differed from my upbringing of proper servings of each of the 4 major food groups. When discussing cleansing with anyone who thinks that it sounds ridiculous my favorite analogy has always been “Well you change the oil in your car on a regular schedule to keep it running more efficiently, right? Why not treat your body with the same respect?”  This at least gives most a moment of pause.


As a society we have inundated our food supply with so many engineered modifications to make it bigger, better, and more eye appealing without giving much thought to the long term affects our bodies may suffer trying to break down these new and different things. Many are left behind in various parts of our system unable to be effectively flushed out and negatively impacting our homeostasis.


So what’s the purpose of cleansing and detoxing you might ask……….well that’s different for each individual. For some, to clear residual toxins left behind from our food, medications, pollution etc. For others it is a wonderful tool to help you find any sensitivities you may have developed to various foods. I have used it for both and always find that I feel tremendously better for having taken the time for myself to cleanse.


There are so many ways to cleanse and detox and there is no right or wrong way, there is only the way that works best for you and your circumstances. I personally have added different cleansing techniques almost every time and find that no matter what I still feel tremendous just because I gave my body a break in routine. A great place to start is with a detoxifing body treatment such as our Botanical Mud Wrap. This is an easy, relaxing way to begin any detox or cleansing program, and we will give you an at home recommendation sheet to take with you to help maximize the effects of your treatment.

If you are looking to amp it up a little, a cleansing program that includes recipes, buying guides and tips may be more your style. These types of cleanses typically start off slow to help you remove the more harmful foods from your diet and give you healthy new recipe options to replace them. Then if you are really ready for the next level, a juice cleanse is just what you're looking for. Most often with a juice cleanse you can choose the number of days you would like to cleanse and a juice kit can be created for you to purchase or you could juice everything on your own. I highly recmmend the purchasing option, it takes the guess work out and saves you a lot of time and often money in the long run. We highly recommend Salud Juicery and have even partnered with them so that you can order your cleanse here through the center and pick it up when you have your Botanical Mud Wrap Session. With a juice cleanse you often do not eat solid food but instead drink one bottle of juice 6 times a day and water consistently between. Ultimately you should be drinkin close to a gallon of water and about 96 oz of juice each day. The juice gives your body a break in that it does not have to go through all the unsual processing of solid food but the natural sugar content will keep your energy levels up. This is also a great way to give your body a reset when attempting to discover if you have any food sensitivities as after a few days of juice cleansing you will slowly introduce foods back into your diet one at a time to see what effects they may have on your system.

Whatever type of detox cleansing program you have decided will work best for you, the most important thing to remember is that even subtle changes can positively impact your overall health and wellbeing. Each time I complete my detox I feel rejuvenated, with less cravings and a much more positive outlook on life!

I wish you all a happy belly!

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Guest Healer Cari Cohen