How to Become More Creative – an Unusual Hack

In a sedentary, desk-bound job? Feeling sluggish? Give your mind and body a service with this amazing massage technique.
It will get everything flowing again, awaken your kundalini and let the creativity pour through your meridians onto your page.
Get your creative juices flowing + feel revitalised!

For unlimited creativity and a boost to your physical wellbeing

What is this great secret weapon to unlock the doors of creativity? A Lymphatic massage. It may well be the least sexy massage name ever for perhaps one of the best massages ever.

A massage technique that is not only good for your health but also releases your creativity. Learn how you become more creative when your body is in balance and your energy is flowing freely.

Just what is lymphatic drainage and its benefits?

Before I dive into the wonders of a lymphatic drainage massage, maybe I need to enlighten you of what your lymphatic system is just in case you have never  heard of this alternative health treatment before… after reading this you will definitely be heading out to your nearest lymphatic drainage therapist.

What is our lymphatic system?

The white vessels in our body circulate lymph, a clear fluid that flows from our lymph nodes, through out our body. As you can see from the diagram there is a high concentration of nodes around our throat, armpits, abdominal  and groin area. These nodes filter out and stop infection and other “invading” bodies – a bit like a waste filtration system. Lymph is to our lymphatic system what blood is to our circulatory system. While our circulatory system has the heart to pump and keep it moving and flowing… the lymphatic system depends on your skeletal muscular system moving it through your joints. If the lymph is not flowing freely then our system will block up with excess fluid and contamination (e.g. excess protein, debris, cells, etc). These blockages could cause swelling and become a breeding ground for infection.

So you can see why it is important for your lymphatic system to be flowing freely.

What a lymphatic drainage massage involves:

A certified massage therapist will apply a series of gentle, rhythmic tapping on your lymph nodes to stimulate them to open and drain. The massaging may be done by hand as well as by using a little suction cup that actually draws out the lymph. The treatment is very comfortable and is not invasive at all – no hose pipes attached to dubious areas as may have been envisaged by some of you! A typical session will involve drainage of the head, neck, abdomen and your extremities and will last anywhere from one hour to 90 minutes.  It is a completely non-invasive “massage” consisting of gentle stimulation in the areas of your lymphatic glands.

Don’t expect to be kneaded and pounded and stretched, this is a very gentle process involving tapping to stimulate the nodes and smoothing of the skin to get the lymph fluid moving.

rebalance with a lymphatic massage

The effects of a lymphatic massage

If you are in a sedentary job like me, maybe not exercising enough, you may feel “sluggish” and want to give your body a bit of an MOT. It is also great for getting your immune system working properly, reducing water retention (don’t expect your cellulite to disappear overnight!) and improve your metabolism. Plus it is a great way to DETOX.

Here are the astonishing “effects” I experience after just one treatment:

Day 1 – A very relaxing treatment, during which I felt my body tingling and literally felt the lymph fluid starting to circulate. A little tired in the evening but generally just relaxed. Increased intake of water. Didn’t want “unhealthy” foods or wine.

Day 2 – A pounding headache. Obviously the toxins that had been released through the movement of my lymph fluid were on the move. I also felt tired and emotional (I cried at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!!) Continued increased intake of fluid and did not want snack food.

Day 3 – Overrun by sheer fatigue. Do not plan anything strenuous the days after your massage – you just want to sleep. It can hit you any time soon after. Plus a little nauseous.

Day 4 – Not really tired anymore, still hungry for good food and thirsty. Visibly improved complexion.

Day 5 – A miracle. Everything seems easy. Exercise is easy. Concentrating is easy. No sense of fatigue. Like a teenager again without the angst!

Unstoppable Creativity

Day 6 to Day 14 – A fortnight of mad unstoppable creativity and energy. A wrote a book, I made videos and audios, woke early, started exercising properly again, didn’t feel tired.

I am not sure if everyone experiences a flood of creativity, but I am sure it is related to my lymphatic massage. Clearing the toxins out of the body really peps you up, so you are working at 100%.

An amazing experience I would recommend to anyone:

I went for 3 sessions and would say you need at least 2 to ensure it works. You can also help yourself by exercising regularly, even jumping up and down helps!, or trying some DIY drainage techniques.

Keep your engine well serviced. Go for a body MOT and be ready for instant rejuvenation, increased productivity and endless creativity!

The Mental & Emotional Benefits of Dancing

Invigorating Salsa nights – Dancing is essential to inner happiness and harmony and salsa offers all the magic and intense passion life can offer.

Let’s Salsa!

What are the Mental & Emotional Benefits of Dancing?

You'll be glad to hear this I'm sure! Dancing is great for your emotional + mental health. It literally keeps you on your toes, improves your focus, memory, happiness and health - plus it's fun! Go on, get dancing, and get writing!

Incredible as it may sound dancing improves your body as much mentally as it does physically – and maybe even more.The benefits and potential of  dancing (in particular dancing with a partner, such as in Salsa) for general health, as a complementary treatment for diseases, anti-aging and social wellbeing, have being recognized by recent research. Salsa is is an art of living that pursues  a healthy, harmonious and happy life. Here are some of the benefits of Salsa from different perspectives:

First of all as a fitness routine: It is considered a moderate intensity, low impact, aerobic exercise –  although as some of us know it can also be high-impact and very energetic! It is not restricted by age, sex, space or time. Many studies show regular Salsa  promotes general health including cardio-respiratory and musculoskeletal function, posture control and the immune system.

Dancing increases your happiness. One of the many psychological benefits of aerobic exercises, such as dancing, is that of helping a person to feel happy and remain in a positive mood.

Not only does dancing keep you fit, it has other key benefits that are not so obvious, which may not have thought of:

1. Increased happiness

Is it the release of endorphins or simple fun? Experts around the world prove that dancing lowers levels of stress hormones and significantly lowers levels of depression. Dancing is essential to inner happiness and harmony and salsa if one form of dance that offers all the magic and intense passion life can offer.

One of the many psychological benefits of aerobic exercises is that of helping a person to feel happy and remain in a positive mood. As a freelance writer or blogger you need to be prepared to face different difficulties in your field of work often on your own. Dancing can help you to handle the stress and possible depression that comes along with the lack of results, rejections from agents and just keeping your spirits up to keep you motivated

Invigorating Salsa nights are hosted all over the world. Find one in your town!

2. Improved mental health

Secondly, dancing is a wonderful way to improve your mental health and counteract the onset of depression. Depression affects about 121 million people worldwide. Finding an affordable, non-intrusive and effective treatment is an absolute must for society, not just on an individual level but also on a macro level where we are seeing depression impacting on productivity and as a springboard to further illnesses.

What better way to combat these effects than dancing!? And this is what dancing offers as a promoter of mental health:

  • supports your sense of empowerment, accomplishment and personal identity
  • provides a spontaneous activity
  • an opportunity to repeat skills previously learnt
  • a form of non-verbal expression
  • motivation to participate – encouraging autonomy and taking initiative
  • medium for preserving intellectual and physical functions without being confronted by the fear of negative feelings
  • stimulates communication with others
  • offers a way to share experiences
  • a wonderful way to make and maintain meaningful contact with others
  • social interaction, combating loneliness and isolation
How dancing improves your mental health. If you're a freelance creative, you need extra support in ensuring your emotional and mental health do not burn out quickly. Dancing is a great way to feel positive and refill your creative well.great way to

Naturally dancing comes with so many other benefits like improved cardiovascular function, increased body strength, improved balance and posture, enhanced agility and coordination, as well as boosting your self esteem and confidence. And besides – it’s a great excuse to get away from your desk! You will really shift your vibrations to a whole other level and refill your well of creativity!

3. Improved concentration

Thirdly as a meditation, the rhythmic motion guided by focusing your mind leads you, in the physical sense, into a meditative state known as  “moving meditation”. Therefore, just like any other form of meditation, this will benefit the parasympathetic nerve system which helps reduce stress and improve concentration. Furthermore, Research shows that meditation soothes the mind, enhances concentration. You are essentially giving your brain a rest from all of its usual worrying thoughts (just like when you practice mindfulness). Consequently, you are silencing the chatter of your mind. However, you are also simultaneously engaging your brain into thinking. it has to think about the sequence of steps, a particular dance routine, signs from your partners and so on. all this keeps the brain alert and uses parts of your brain you normally would not use, let’s say if you were watching TV!

Learn how salsa improves your concentration as an active form of meditation in movement!

Add to the above the fact that cardio exercise helps you sleep better and because you’re having so much fun dancing your stress levels are lowered, this is a fantastic way to improve your mental agility! Not to mention your physical agility!

4. An antidote to aging

Move it or lose it!

Finally, dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies in the U.S show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance. This is done by combining cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and proprioception held in the cerebellum. Through regular exercise that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week anyone can maximize their brain function.

Because practicing a dance like the salsa involves both the body and the mind it offers both physiological and psychological benefits. Studies have shown that the psychological benefits include improvements in:

  • confidence
  • quality of life
  • motivation
  • clarity
  • mood
  • mental health disorders
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • and even phobias.
Salsa as an antidote to aging. Anything that makes you happy, gets you moving and initiates social interaction helps counter the effects of aging and dancing offers all three of these elements!

Learning salsa requires you to focus attention and be fully present in the moment, much like the practice of yoga. This makes Salsa unique in that you must maintain constant awareness and connection with your partner.
This mindful focus can switch off the negative thought patterns associated with stress and depression. In a related study, dancing Salsa reduced cortisol, the hormone associated with stress.

There is growing evidence to shows that dancing can help slow down the aging process. Studies show that people who dance on a regular basis have a significantly higher number of self-renewal cells! Other evidence indicates that dancing may be an effective, fun and non-invasive method for maintaining bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. As a result, the movement involved can positively impact musculoskeletal strength. Salsa even more than other styles of dance may afford greater effectiveness in enhancing cognitive function as a result of itsinterdependent mind-body connection. You cannot switch off when you dance the Salsa!!

Lifestyle choices – a social affair

Dancing with a partner to music has more positive effects than dancing alone or moving with a partner without music. This is backed up by research, which also suggests that freestyle partner dancing may offer the best benefit of all.

In conclusion you can see that Salsa (dancing)

  • is a moderate aerobic exercise
  • trains agility and mobility
  • involves learning and memorizing new skills and movement patterns
  • includes training in sustained attention-focus, shifting, and multi-tasking
  • and is even a form of meditative and relaxation training

Another bonus dancing offers you is the opportunity to dedicate more time to leisure activities and social interaction.

So get your salsa shoes on and step up to the beat of well-being!

Thanks to Salseros LA for inspiring this article.