March 14, 2013

Lymph Brushing

Posted in Choices, Living Vibrantly at 2:49 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

Feeling congested?  Tired?  Heavy?  Sticky?  Try lymph brushing.

A healthy lymphatic system is an essential part of overall vibrant health.  The lymphatic system works as the body’s clean-up system.  The lymph flows through the body in a series of vessels similar to the cardiovascular system.  The lymphatic system sweeps refuse and toxins out of the tissues so they can be eliminated.  However, unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system lacks a heart.  So the only way to pump lymph through the body to ensure your body is ridding itself of refuse and toxins is by movement.  Exercise, walking, just moving your body is the key method of moving the lymph through the body.

However, if you have some extra congestion in the body; swollen ankles (and serious health issues have been eliminated by your doctor), chronic aches in the muscles or joints, congestion in the sinuses or throat; a daily program of lymph brushing may be just what you need to feel better.

Lymph brushing can be done using either a soft bristle body brush or exfoliation gloves available at most drug and grocery stores.

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Before bathing or showering each morning, spend 30-60 seconds gently brushing your body.  Beginning at the feet and hands, use gentle brushing strokes moving towards your heart.  Pay special attention to the bends around the joints, armpits and areas under the breasts.  That’s all there is to it; really!

Lymph brushing gives me an immediate feeling of invigoration; plus I’ve found I’m much less like to get sinus congestion, and all my body systems feel like they move a bit easier.  Several clients have become fans when they found daily lymph brushing eliminated their chronically swollen ankles and have helped minimize sinus headaches.

Give lymph brushing a try for two weeks and see what changes in your body.   Even if the only benefit for you is an increased sense of vigor and energy; the 30 seconds a day may be a good investment!

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor and General Health Zealot.  Contact her directly to schedule a session:  727-641-6941 or www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com

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