One of the many wonderful benefits of massage is a healthier lymphatic system.
What does this mean?
Your lymphatic system is a critical part of your immune system. In very basic terms the lymphatic system filters out harmful bacteria and any other potential dangers from the body so that you don't get ill.
The video below gives a really good explanation of how the lymphatic system works in a bit more detail. It's definitely worth a watch.
The lymphatic system relies on lymph fluid pumping around the body. In a healthy, active person this system works well. The regular movement of muscles helps to pump the fluid around and keep the body healthy.
If you struggle with your mobility and would like to try to improve your immune health there are lots of things that you can do to help the flow of your lymph fluid!
~ Stay hydrated! This feels like my answer to everything, but it really does help! If you start to feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Ideally you would never feel thirst.
~ Walk every day. It doesn't really matter how far or how fast. Regular movement is key here.
~ Dry brushing. I think I will write more fully about dry brushing in another post as it is a really interesting topic but for now have a look at this video for more info.
~ Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing. Take a few deep, diaphragmatic breaths from your belly up to my heart to activate the largest lymph vessel in the body- the thoracic duct.
Here's a great article on improving your lymphatic health featuring Lisa Levitt Gainsley.
If this has peaked your interest and you'd like to find out more about Lymphatic health and in particular how you can help improve your lymphatic system using self massage I'd recommend reading The Book of Lymph by Lisa Levitt Gainsley.
This is a really accessible guide to self massage for lymphatic health. It lays out step by step guides for routines for specific health reasons. There are routines for easing headaches, menopausal symptom relief, calming anxiety, improving sleep and many more.