The human body is a fascinating unit that has many functions to keep it operating properly. There are several systems in the body working day and night to maintain these functions; in fact, there are 11. This blog will focus on the Lymphatic System, how it works, and how bodywork can benefit this system. But let’s look at all the systems so it can be understood how they combine to provide the body full support. Listed below are each of our body’s systems and a brief description of what they manage and sustain:
- Circulatory System – the body’s transport system. It is made up of a group of organs that transport blood throughout the body.
- Digestive System – This is made up of organs that break down food into protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and fats, which the body needs for energy, growth, and repair.
- Endocrine System – made up of a group of glands that produce the body’s hormones. Hormones are chemicals that control metabolism, growth, and sexual development. The glands release hormones directly into the bloodstream, which transports the hormones to organs and tissues throughout the body.
- Immune System – our body’s defense system against infections and diseases. The Immune System helps organs, tissues, and cells respond to dangerous organisms (like viruses or bacteria) and substances that may enter the body from the environment.
- Lymphatic System – The lymphatic system is responsible for immune system regulation and fluid and waste removal. It is what helps rid the body of any toxins that may cause illness.
- Muscular System – made up of tissues (muscles) that work with the skeletal system to control movement of the body.
- Nervous System – The nervous system is made up of the brain, the spinal cord, and nerves. One of the most important systems in your body, the nervous system is your body’s control system. It sends, receives, and processes nerve impulses throughout the body. These nerve impulses tell your muscles and organs what to do and how to respond to the environment.
- Reproductive System – This system, of course, allows humans to produce children.
- Respiratory System – brings air into the body and removes carbon dioxide. It includes the nose, trachea, and lungs.
- Skeletal System – made up of bones, ligaments and tendons. It shapes the body, protects organs and works with the muscular system to help the body move.
- Urinary System – eliminates waste from the body in the form of urine. The kidneys remove waste from the blood by combining it with water to form urine. Urine then exits the body through the bladder and urethra.
Of course, these systems are all unique, but are all important in keeping the body alive and running. They are all interconnected and depend on each other to be able to function correctly. However, if pointing out the more crucial systems that sustain the body; the Circulatory, Nervous and Immune Systems would be it.
And guess what? All 3 of these systems are considerably benefited from bodywork. Put simply, massage therapy helps these systems to do their jobs more efficiently.
But what does this all have to do with the Lymphatic System and Lymphatic Massage? The fact that there is a bodywork modality solely directed at promoting your Lymphatic System says a lot. As before mentioned, all of the body’s systems are interconnected. But the Lymphatic System works very closely, specifically, with the ever-important Immune System.
The Lymphatic System is mainly a drainage system responsible for Immune System regulation and fluid and waste removal. It is what helps rid the body of any toxins that may cause illness. Toxins can include excess fluid, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens and cancer cells. The Lymphatic System consists of lymph nodes and lymph. Lymph is a watery, clear fluid that circulates through body tissues, picking up toxins along the way and filtering them out. Lymph Nodes are simply what filters the Lymph. Normally, 2-3 liters of lymph are filtered through the Lymphatic system per day. Below is a simple illustration of the direction of Lymph flow:
When the lymphatic system slows down or becomes blocked, then fluids begin to build up, causing the whole body to feel tired and heavy, making us susceptible to catching sicknesses. This is where Lymphatic massage becomes very useful. By stimulating the lymph nodes through massage, it helps to clear any blockages and gives the lymphatic system a boost.
The actual massage consists of gentle pressured and pumping movements towards the direction of the lymph nodes throughout the body. The procedure uses the deep thumb pressure of shiatsu combined with the relaxing techniques of the Swedish massage. Depending on whether the therapist is focused on only one specific area or is working on the entire body, a session can last anywhere between half an hour to two hours in length.
Lymphatic Massage can benefit anyone suffering from the following:
- a faulty immune system
- sports injuries
- excess fluid/hardening of tissue due to plastic surgery
- low energy
- respiratory problems
- Chronic fatigue
If you or anyone you know, suffer from any of the above ailments, call me today @ 801.349.3934. Set up your first Lymphatic session and you may be amazed at the results. And on top of that, it excretes waste that can make you sick! Serving in Salt Lake City, Utah come experience the many benefits of bodywork.