Lymph Matters: The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage
The lymphatic system touches almost every part of your body with a complicated network of fluid-filled nodes, vessels, glands and organs. Although we don’t feel or see it, the lymph is one of the most important systems in the human body. It is a key detoxification pathway, tackling environmental toxins as well as body waste.
The lymphatic system works by carrying these toxins away from body tissues and into the bloodstream. It is important to keep the fluids of these systems moving properly to ensure that oxygen and other nutrients reach the tissues through the circulatory system, and for the wastes to be carried away from the tissues through the lymphatic system.
Your lymphatic system can easily become sluggish, especially when it becomes overwhelmed with toxic debris. Factors leading to lymph congestion are poor nutrition, injuries, constipation, environmental toxins, lack of exercise, stress, hormone imbalances and the normal aging process.
A clogged lymphatic flow not only leads to impaired immunity and disease, but the development of cellulite (lymph lumps), edema (fluid retention), chronic pain and fatty deposits. It can also be a root cause of chronic sinusitis; swollen glands, ankles and eyes; eczema; arthritis; upper respiratory, sinus and ear infections; throat problems; colds; tonsillitis; bronchitis and pneumonia.
The lymphatic system has no pump (like the heart) to carry waste from the lymph glands out of the body. It relies on the relaxation and the contraction of the muscles and joints to move it. Bio-Electric Lymphatic Drainage (BELD) is an accelerated method of moving stagnant, sticky lymphatic fluid out of the body through natural channels.
BELD therapy uses a light beam generator, which emits a stream of photons (negative ions). These are known for their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This light beam with a heartbeat pulsation improves the flow in blood and lymph, while simultaneously loosening waste from cells. The hands-on lymphatic drainage technique combination is slow, subtle, and gently sweeping movements, mimicking the natural rhythmic pumping of the lymphatic system.
It is a gentle, noninvasive procedure combined with gentle manual lymph drainage and is faster and more complete than manual techniques used alone. The session can be relaxing like a soothing massage, allowing the body to go into the parasympathetic healing mode.
The result is the breaking up of the blockages in the lymph system through the re-polarization of proteins. When the polarity of the blockage is reversed, the material slowly erodes and flows out through natural system channels, and the lymph system is now free to perform its normal cleansing functions. It is recommended to follow your BELD session with an ionic foot detox, infrared sauna session or colon hydrotherapy session for best results.
Benefits of Bio-Electric Lymphatic Drainage include reduction in swelling, detoxification of the body, regeneration of tissue, reduction in the symptoms of chronic pain and fibromyalgia, improvement of venous conditions, relief of chronic fatigue, sinusitis, acne and allergies, helps with headaches, relief of some forms of constipation, insomnia relief, improved fertility, alleviation of cellulite and stress relief.
Don’t forget about your lymphatic system. When the lymph is working well, we stay healthy; and if we’re ill, it helps us to get healthy again.
Vanessa Galati-Drew is the founder of Cleansing Concepts, an exclusive detoxification facility with a new location at the Galleria in Red Bank, NJ. For more information, visit www.cleansingconceptsworld.com.
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