The Mighty Lymphatic System
By Brenda Layou LMT CR
The Lymphatic System for Dummies!
This system is much like the Waste and Garbage Disposal Systems we take for granted. In fact we need to flip that sentence around, the Lymph system is the original and is nothing short of a miracle. But right now I want to keep it very simple.
The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that helps keep bodily fluid levels balanced and the immune system healthy. The lymph system is made up of a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a white/yellowish transparent watery fluid, containing protein molecules, salts, glucose, urea and other substances throughout the body – lymph.
The Lymphatic system consists of a network of branching vessels that transverse all body tissues and organs. Lymph flows through the body in a slow rhythmic manner. It has no pump; it relies mainly on our breathing and movement of the body.
The lymphatic system is a critical part of the body—you have twice as much lymph fluid as blood! It is a network of tissues and organs that rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials.
The Effects of Lymph Drainage
By manually stimulating the lymphatic system, you:
Increase the carrying capacity of the lymph system, allowing it to process up to 10 times more fluid than normal.
Increase the flow through the lymph nodes, filtering out waste products, dead cells, excess proteins and toxins from the tissues.
Increase the production of lymphocytes, thereby increasing the body’s ability to fight infections.
Activate the parasympathetic response, producing a body-wide relaxation effect.
So as you can see we all can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage Treatments. Most of us empty trash cans in our homes and work places daily and then have a waste management company take that TRASH weekly right? Well helping our body do what it is set up to do is a great practice in light of the toxic way of life we now all tend to be exposed to. If you have any areas that you feel are not working in optimal health, then Lymph Drainage Techniques are just what you need.
This article is about Self Care – however you can always choose to have a professional treatment. At Camai Healing I provide many forms of Lymph Drainage Techniques from stand alone services to add on services.
Here are some examples of my services for Lymph Drainage issues:
Full body lymph drainage technique
Full face lymph drainage technique
Face and Feet lymph drainage Technique
Specific area, example could be area of some edema or swelling.
In my sessions I use cupping techniques, essential oils, heated Thai Herb balls, colorpuncture and Dien Chan techniques.
The lymph nodes are the powerhouses of the lymphatic system, and you have more than 500, located at pivotal points along your lymphatic vessels. The majority of your lymph nodes are located in the neck, armpits, abdomen and groin. Stimulating the main lymph nodes of the body has a global effect on the lymphatic system, increasing lymph flow body-wide.
You may think that you have to work on the body to stimulate the lymph system, this is not true. This Dien Chan Protocol is easy and effective. You may find it a nice place to start when it comes to self help with you lymphatic system.
Dien Chan 6 Zone Lymph Drainage Protocol
Using body maps on the face we stimulate the lymph system very efficiently. There are 6 steps to this technique and it should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you have severe water retention it is recommended that you do this procedure four times a day and having a professional treatment would be beneficial for you . For maintenance, once or twice a day is wonderful.
This reflex-drainage technique is more powerful than it appears with similar results to that of manual lymphatic drainage, without any contraindication nor possibility of creating a lymphatic blockage. This is because it works only on the cerebral reflection of the lymphatic system, not directly on ganglions.
Steps of reflex-drainage
- Massage each area at least 30 times once or twice a day. If you have very dry skin, apply a little oil, such as almond or jojoba oil first.
- Start on your left side. Using a dull pointed instrument is beneficial, but you can also use your finger.
- Massage from the corner of the eye towards the end of each eyebrow.
- Massage on the nose.
- Massage on the nasal wings.
- Massage on the rictus towards the corner of the mouth.
- Massage on the chin.
- Lateral massages on the ears.