How often do you get a stiff neck? Or sore neck? What do you do about it? Neck tensions impair normal lymph flow and affect body health conditions. Lymphatic Yoga can help!
The Lymphatic System is a transport system. The neck is the bridge between the body and the brain. When there is stiffness, tension or contractions in the neck, the communication between brain and body is partially impaired. Neck tensions do not allow proper lymph fluid motion. So, the bodily transport system is impaired. Lymph fluid becomes sluggish. It hardens. So, neck exercises from Lymphatic Yoga are a must. Neck exercises keep both tensions away from the neck and optimal fluid motion between body and brain.
Most importantly, is the fact that the neck is rich in lymph nodes clusters. The entire body contains around 600-800 lymph nodes. About 1/3 of these lymph nodes are in the neck! Neck tensions will impair and slow down lymph movement not only in the neck but also throughout the entire body.
As the Lymphatic System works all over the body, a clogged neck lymph nodes causes fluid sluggishness which multiplies in other parts of the body. In other words, the opposite, a free lymph motion in the neck area activates lymph fluid transport in the whole body!
Let’s Work With Lymphatic Yoga!
In the Lymphatic Yoga classes at Yogamatrix (Orlando, Florida) we always start with neck motions. Then let’s begin:
1) Rub your hands together until they feel warm. Using both hands gently massage the neck.
2) With your finger tips, gently tap below the collar bones (clavicles). Simultaneously, right hand taps below the right collar bone and left below the left. Tapping back and forth with four finger tips. Continue the gentle shoulder tapping for about 1 minute.
3)Practice your diaphragmatic breathing (deep breathing) for a few minutes before the neck exercises.
4)Now synchronize the diaphragmatic breathing with neck motion.
- Breathing in, gently lift your chin towards the ceiling. Breathing out, gently lower your chin towards the space between the collar bones. There is no forcing, no straining. Do it slowly combined with long inhalation and exhalation.Repeat 3 times.
-Breathing in, gently turn your head to the right. Breathing out return your head to the center. Same to the left. Repeat 3 times.
- Breathing in, lateral motion, bring your right ear towards the right shoulder (no forcing!). Inhale center your head. Same to the left. Repeat 3 times.
Now lie down for a few minutes (5 to 10 min.) still practicing your deep slow breathing. If you have lymphedema you can also elevate either the leg or arm affected. Practice this every day!
Thanks so much to all of you for the tremendous response to my blog! I send my love to all of you! My intention is to make one of the most important systems of the body - the mighty Lymphatic System - known to all. My intention is to assist you to prevent or manage lymphedema. My intention is to show you how Lymphatic Yoga can keep this mighty system healthy. So, we can all have a powerful and inexpensive tool to manage, assist and improve our health conditions.
Love, light and joy to all!
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Are you gaining weight for no reason? Are you dieting, not loosing weight and even getting anemic? Is sluggish lymph to blame for weight gain? Can we also blame sluggish lymph for our difficulty in loosing weight? Today, research indicates that all of these is true!
Fat, obesity and bloating, the dreadful enemies of many of us, are now associated with an impaired Lymphatic System (LS). Two researches published in 2005 – Dr. Natasha Harvey in Australia and Dr. Martin Schneider in Belgium – point to the fact that impaired or damaged LS can lead to unknown weight gain.
The Lymphatic System is a very delicate system of capillaries, vessels and nodes that can be impaired by several factors including: stress, diseases, infection, flu, surgeries, air travel, extreme cold, medication, dehydration, excessive intake of protein, and sedentary lifestyle.
So, let’s remember that the LS is mainly a transport system. It’s the nourisher, cleanser and defender of the body. The LS carries nutrients to cells and moves away the metabolic waste from them. It also defends the cells, as it’s part of the immune system.
The Link Between Lymph and Weight Gain
Another less known function of the Lymphatic System is its ability to absorb “long-chain fatty acids” or, in simple words, to dissolve fat during digestion!
Fat is mainly divided into two types: short and long-chain fatty acids. Short-chain fatty acid is absorbed by the liver. Long-chain fatty acid is absorbed by the Lymphatic System in the intestinal tract. If the lymph fluid is sluggish it will not be able to optimally perform its task. Fat absorption will be impaired and inevitably, fat accumulates in the tissues.
So, in many cases, sluggish lymph is to blame for weight gain. A poorly functioning lymph flow is the unknown factor in the industry of weight loss that can definitely change the industry!
Conversely, if lymph flow is improved the fat deposit accumulated in the tissues can be cleared! A simple sequence of Lymphatic Yoga and deep breathing can speed up a lazy lymph flow and cause you to loose weight. Without stress and effortlessly! This can really be a game changer in the science of weight loss!
Now, can we conclude that the activation of your lymph flow not only improves overall health but can also make you loose weight? Probably, the answer to this question is a big YES! Another question: does sluggish lymph flow make you fat? The answer is also, Yes!
Stay tuned for more Lymphatic tips and our upcoming video,
For many people the answer to this question is a big, “YES!” You may try tea bags, creams or even cucumber slices to reduce your puffy eyes. Does that fix the problem? Regrettably, those remedies don’t fix the problem. Your puffy eyes will be back, again!
Puffy eyes can be a clue your lymph fluid is getting sluggish.
You already know, the body is mainly water (please read earlier blogs). So, to stay healthy, the water within the body (the lymph fluid) must be flowing continuously – like rivers inside their vessels.
The continuous water movement guarantees the renewal of our body’s water – the lymph fluid. Moving lymph prevents fluid stagnancy and body decay. It causes better metabolic exchange of liquids between cells and capillaries. It better cleanses, nourishes and protects body cells. As a result, healthy cells will trigger not only a vibrant health but also beauty!
Puffy Eyes and Edema
However if the rivers within us – the lymph vessels – are not continuously moving, stagnation, deterioration and disease will follow. As a consequence, edema may show up and your baggy and puffy eyes may be the first clue.
Edema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in a body part. Edema may be generalized or local. It usually develops in an unnoticeable way.
Edema slows down the metabolic exchange of liquids. When edema persists or reappears periodically, the body tissues are not being properly nourished. The lymph fluid becomes sluggish. Slowly and consistently toxins are retained in the tissues and the lymph rich-protein content begins to harden.
Now, your body is in big trouble! Hardening of the tissues or fibrosis can begin six months after edema starts. Fibrotic tissues lead to tissue calcification; and calcified tissues do not have circulation. So, it is essential to reduce or prevent those puffy eyes. Puffy eyes can be a sign of fluid stagnation in the body and possible future problems.
Good news! There is no need to disguise your baggy and puffy eyes with creams, cucumber or tea bags. You can solve it by addressing the source of the problem – lymph stagnation.
Simple Measures You Can Take to Improve Lymph Flow
· Lymphatic Yoga motions: neck motion – slowly lift your chin to the ceiling and look up, while inhaling slowly; bring it down, on a slow exhalation and look at the heart (Repeat 3X). Bring your head to a neutral position. Turn your head to the right and look over the shoulder far behind you; the same to the left (3X). Shoulder motion – breathe in, slowly lift your shoulders to the ceiling; exhale with a sigh and let them go down (Repeat 5X).
· Breathe deeply and slowly for at least 10 min daily.
· Drink plenty of water.
· Reduce daily salt intake.
· Reduce alcohol intake.
Practice these tips every day! You may be as amazed with the results as I still am today!
Please, share your thoughts and let me know how it works for you,
Take a break and enjoy your Memorial Weekend,
Love to all