As a Naturopath consulting with guests from every part of the world, I could say that hardly any people understand the lymphatic system’s role in the body and its romance to health insurance and disease – and a little percentage have never even heard about the lymphatic system!
What’s lymphatic drainage?
Picture yourself using a bathtub at home and think of the lymphatic system as your shower’s drainage system. If the drains become clogged or congested with waste, drainage of normal water is poor. It stagnates, backs up, pools and as time passes it becomes a fairly dangerous, smelly sludge. As the shower drain can no longer clear itself, assistance is required to get the drinking water and misuse draining away freely again.
A similar circumstance occurs inside our body when our lymphatic drainage system becomes congested with waste material such as poorly digested body fat, fat-soluble waste, dead blood skin cells and pathogens. This greatly overwhelms the disease fighting capability and as time passes we become more vunerable to colds and ‘flu’s, cellulite, allergies, skin conditions such as cystic acne, water retention and even more life-threatening conditions such as malignancy.
As the lymphatic system does not have any pumps of its to go lymphatic waste through your body for excretion via the colon and urinary tract, it depends on us doing daily vigorous exercise, where our muscular contractions act as pumps to assist movement of the fluid. Other exercises like diaphragmatic inhaling and exhaling, yoga, nasal breathing exercises, regular profound belly-laughing, rebounding on the trampoline and dried out skin cleaning also activate the activity of lymph liquid. Eating with the times of year and maintaining a well-hydrated body are important adjuncts alongside of these to encourage an optimally performing lymphatic system.
What things to expect
At Amchara Health Retreat in Gozo, our therapists are expertly been trained in the art of Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy, which really is a specially-designed technique employed to retrain the easy muscular units coating the lymphatic vessels, re-starting the natural circulation of lymph substance.
These treatments involve a very light touch on your skin, performed in a particular sequence to stimulate wave-like actions along the lines of lymphatic circulation and are a deeply relaxing and gratifying experience. Its rhythm and delicate movements make it so difficult not to fall asleep! These treatments are perfect for individuals who are sedentary, time-poor, unmotivated or are experiencing emotions of lethargy, heaviness, bloating, emotional ‘stuckness’ or standard poor health.
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After experiencing a Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment you will probably feel an overall sense of lightness, flow and ease, both bodily and emotionally. With further treatments, your skin layer begins to glow, acne can get rid of, digestion improves, allergic reactions ease and the looks of puffiness and cellulite in your skin layer reduces, which explains why models around the world line up for this treatment.
Adding some of the above tips to your personal wellness routine, along with good hydration and seasonal eating will encourage optimal waste materials release from your lymphatic system, letting you look and feel your glowing best.