What do you know – you have your very own sewer system!
I’m actually talking about the lymph system – also known as your body’s sewer system. The lymph system is an intricate network of vessels, ducts and nodes that carry fluids from tissues around the body into the blood and vice versa. It’s part of your immune system, which protects you against infection and disease.
Since a healthy immune system is your best defense against illness, it makes good sense to ensure your lymph system is running smoothly.
What Does Your Lymph System Do?
According to Biology Dictionary, the lymph system has two main functions:
“There are two major functions of the lymphatic system. The first is to drain interstitial fluid and maintain the fluid balance between blood and tissue fluid. The second is to fight infection and mediate immunity.”
Your body is constantly working toward balance – the college word for that is homeostasis.
That balance is maintained by a healthy lymph system – the more it circulates properly, the better your immune system perks along. A properly circulating lymph system activates the immune system. Lymph carries white blood cells throughout the body to help you heal and to defend you from infection.
Have you ever felt tenderness under your arm or on the part of your neck that runs from your ear lobe to your shoulder? That’s a sign of blockage and possibly infection.
So how do you help it circulate properly to keep your immune system healthy?
Enter Jane R. Bowman.
Jane Bowman, Lymphatic Draining Professional
Jane is is a Licensed Massage and Bodyworks Therapist located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her mission is to help people with chronic pain develop a more productive, normal and painless lifestyle.
She incorporates the treatment of the body as a whole (mind, body, spirit and emotions) into her therapy and can help you with the following techniques:
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
- Deep tissue massage
- Oncology massage
- Foot Reflexology massage
- Trigger Point, and Therapeutic massage
I wanted to know more about lymphatic drainage and circulation, so Jane and I talked about the importance of this particular system and how to keep it perking along.
What I really appreciate is how fast and easy it is to keep your lymph system circulating for better health. Here are some ways to help your lymph system stay healthy:
- Manual lymph movement – that’s what Jane does through massage and cupping.
- Move your body for at least 5 minutes every day. Even if it’s stretching for just a few minutes, you’re doing a lot for your immune system!
- Dry brushing – use a natural bristle hairbrush and gently “brush” your lymph system.
- Deep breathing – the up and down movement of your diaphragm is an essential part of moving that lymph back into the bloodstream.
Another way to promote lymph circulation is through aromatherapy. I created a custom blend for a client who had some tenderness on both sides of her neck.
Using this particular blend of pure essential oils promotes circulation. It smells wonderful and you can quickly use it every day.
Do pay attention to tenderness as it’s a sign that your immune system is working overtime to help you fight off an infection. If it lasts for more than a few days, it would make sense to talk with your medical professional.
If you would like to talk to Jane or better yet – visit her, here is her contact information:
Telephone: (336) 995 8174
Email: jane.ghtm (a) gmail.com
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