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Kick starting your Lymphatic System

Insights from KurSpa Posted March, 2018 Insights from Kurspa | July 01, 2018

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.  

Dry body brushing is not only used to exfoliate dry skin it is also a great way to kick start your lymphatic system and as an added bonus it’s an amazing way to decrease cellulite and be more confident when rocking that summer swimsuit.
 
Cellulite is the buildup of toxins in your bodies’ fat cells. One third of the bodies toxins are excreted through the skin. By increasing your lymphatic flow and circulation during dry body brushing you can help eliminate these trapped toxins.
 
How to body brush:
It is important when body brushing to brush towards the heart encouraging the lymph and circulatory system to flow in the correct direction. Start at your feet and perform long sweeping motions upwards. When brushing your arms again use long smooth strokes towards your core. Stomach and armpits should be brushed in the clockwise motion. Be gentle when brushing more delicate areas of the body such as breasts and be more vigorous in areas of high cellulite concentration such as your thighs. Repeat the motions several times on each area of the body.
 
Massage is also a great way to increase lymphatic flow. Lymphatic drainage massage uses feather light massage techniques to affect fluid movement throughout the body.
 
Insights from Naturopathic Physician Dr Krista Ingram; 
Encouraging lymphatic circulation is something I have my patients do during a detox or cleanse. By encouraging movement of lymph, we help the body detoxify.  Our lymphatic system is a network of fluid that is just below the skin but travels through most of the tissues of the body.  Lymph is a clear fluid, which consists of immune system cells, and toxins and wastes.  When our lymphatic system is not moving properly we can see swelling and puffiness in the body.  One of the easiest ways to move your lymphatic system is to increase your water consumption and move your body.  By making your muscles move, you encourage lymph to move.  Walking, jumping on a rebounder, and stretching are all great ways to move your lymph.  Another great way to increase lymphatic circulation is a contrast shower.  Start your shower with water warm to hot, and after 2 to 3 minutes give yourself a cool to cold blast that lasts at least 30 seconds.  Then go back to warm or hot.  Try to get at least 2 to 3 contrasts in.  Always start warm/hot and end your shower cool/cold.  You will find that the more you do this, the hotter and colder you can have the contrast. 
 
At Sparkling Hill, this is the benefit of the Kneipp Hydrotherapy Walkway. Water-stepping in the Kniepp walkway relaxes the nervous system while invigorating the lymphatic system, decreasing swelling and boosting the body’s defense against varicose veins.
 
Kelly Tarso l KurSpa Manager

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.  

Dry body brushing is not only used to exfoliate dry skin it is also a great way to kick start your lymphatic system and as an added bonus it’s an amazing way to decrease cellulite and be more confident when rocking that summer swimsuit.
 
Cellulite is the buildup of toxins in your bodies’ fat cells. One third of the bodies toxins are excreted through the skin. By increasing your lymphatic flow and circulation during dry body brushing you can help eliminate these trapped toxins.
 
How to body brush:
It is important when body brushing to brush towards the heart encouraging the lymph and circulatory system to flow in the correct direction. Start at your feet and perform long sweeping motions upwards. When brushing your arms again use long smooth strokes towards your core. Stomach and armpits should be brushed in the clockwise motion. Be gentle when brushing more delicate areas of the body such as breasts and be more vigorous in areas of high cellulite concentration such as your thighs. Repeat the motions several times on each area of the body.
 
Massage is also a great way to increase lymphatic flow. Lymphatic drainage massage uses feather light massage techniques to affect fluid movement throughout the body.
 
Insights from Naturopathic Physician Dr Krista Ingram; 
Encouraging lymphatic circulation is something I have my patients do during a detox or cleanse. By encouraging movement of lymph, we help the body detoxify.  Our lymphatic system is a network of fluid that is just below the skin but travels through most of the tissues of the body.  Lymph is a clear fluid, which consists of immune system cells, and toxins and wastes.  When our lymphatic system is not moving properly we can see swelling and puffiness in the body.  One of the easiest ways to move your lymphatic system is to increase your water consumption and move your body.  By making your muscles move, you encourage lymph to move.  Walking, jumping on a rebounder, and stretching are all great ways to move your lymph.  Another great way to increase lymphatic circulation is a contrast shower.  Start your shower with water warm to hot, and after 2 to 3 minutes give yourself a cool to cold blast that lasts at least 30 seconds.  Then go back to warm or hot.  Try to get at least 2 to 3 contrasts in.  Always start warm/hot and end your shower cool/cold.  You will find that the more you do this, the hotter and colder you can have the contrast. 
 
At Sparkling Hill, this is the benefit of the Kneipp Hydrotherapy Walkway. Water-stepping in the Kniepp walkway relaxes the nervous system while invigorating the lymphatic system, decreasing swelling and boosting the body’s defense against varicose veins.
 
Kelly Tarso l KurSpa Manager

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