Ferndale Yoga, massage, meditation and wellness
What the heck is lymphatic drainage? That's what I said when I started massage school and was looking through my possible electives. So many of the modalities of Myomassology sound so complicated and foreign that I wouldn't feel comfortable asking for the services, let alone anyone who is not in the massage therapist world. Learning so much about the body, how it works and how fascinating all of the different systems are & how they work together I'm learning more and more how important bodywork is. As a society we get so caught up in the daily routine of work, school, kids, carpools and house work it is easy to push aside taking care of ourselves. 'As soon as things slow down' or 'as soon as I get through this month, I'll get back on track and start taking care of myself'. I say that all of the time, heck I said it last week! But the truth is that life is truly what happens when we're busy making other plans, so chosing a way to be and live your life on a daily basis is the way to actively play a part in who you are and will be for years to come. And being active in your bodily maintenance and well being I feel is the best way to ward off illness and live a long, healthy life.
Bodywork has so many subtle techniques that can make just the world of difference in how we feel from day to day. This is what I learned when taking an introduction course in Lymphatic Drainage (pronounced dra-naj) at Irene's. This technique is a very light touch that facilitates in the removal of excess fluid built up in the body. Your lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network in the body that stimulates the immune system and helps keep fluid levels of the body in balance. It is a network of conduits (or ducts) just below the skins surface that carry a clear fluid through the body called lymph. Two-thirds of the body's water is intracellular, or inside the cells. The remaining third is extracellular, or fluid around the cells. This one thirds main component is interstitial fluid. It is the lymph systems job to collect this fluid (where it then becomes lymph), containing plasma and protein to the blood to go back up to the heart and into the cardiovascular system where it can be filtered and eliminated.
Lymph contains many things, some things the body needs and some things that it doesn't. When lymph is collected by a series of channels it is filtered as it moves along and collects in the lymph nodes. These nodes are kidney-shaped organs located in the jointed areas of the body. They produce lymphocytes that capture and destroy pathogens and help filter the lymph. When this interstitial fluid builds up it can result in edema, or swelling. Lymphatic work is light, precise and rhythmic-helping to move along any stagnant fluid or lymph in the body. An educated touch can actually feel the fluid flowing just under the skin. This technique can be incorporated into a regular massage session, or entire sessions can be performed using this technique. Lymphatic work can be done to help with minor swelling, sports injuries, achne, trigger points and sinus issues. It's great for detoxing, fibromyalgia or general good health. Be sure to always ask your therapist if they have proper training, as there are many contraindications (reasons to not perform) for this modality such as acute infections and congestive heart failure.
So, in other words.....lymphatic drainage is an excellent technique to add to your normal therapeutic routine to help stimulate your immune system and aid in your over-all health. It's the little steps we consciously take day to day that make a difference. Knowledge is power, and the more we know the better choices we can make for ourselves and others. I hope this information was both interesting and helpful. To all of you I send out wishes to be well.........
Keep in touch and we'll talk about reading food labels. I still need to work on paying more attention when it comes to this, but after reading what I did about food labels it's no wonder we are the unhealthiest nation around!
"The number one killer of Americans is the American diet-not heart disease, not cancer, not diabetes. The #1 contributor/cause of all those diseases is our overly processed, nutrient weak diet. Up to 80% of these diseases are totally preventable." ~Cindy Holt RN, BSN, CMT
Nurture your mind, body and spirit~Namaste :)
Book suggestion: 'Your Key to Good Health: Unlocking the Power of Your Lymphatic System' by Elaine Hruska.
Hello lovelies. I hope you enjoy my journey of discovering my magick and Divine Feminine along with health, wealth of spirit and evolution. I am happy to share my experiences with you to heal, love, and evolve. Namaste-Heather Rae