Lymphatic circulation is a vast network of vessels that runs under the surface of the skin and surrounds each organ. Lymph does not have a natural pumping mechanism to function, unlike the venous circulation that uses the heart to pump around the body.
The lymphatic system is vital to our body’s ability to filter wastes from our cells, it is known as the “garbage collector”, sucking up toxins from our internal organs and passes them back into the circulatory system for removal, so you certainly don’t want this to be clogged or not working properly.
Unpleasant side effects of a poor functioning lymphatic system may include: cellulite, a swollen lymph node in the armpit or groin, disruptions on the skin, constant sickness and slow healing. Why? Because the viruses, bacteria and parasites stay locked within the lymph system when it is in a sluggish state.
The manual stimulation of dry body brushing across the skin helps excite and activate the lymphatic system, awakens acupressure points, helps reduce cellulite and metabolic waste, nourish and regenerate tissue and keep up a healthy immune system.
The key to dry brushing for lymph stimulation is to Avoid pressing HARD on the skin, lymph glands are very delicate. Brush in light, rhythmic strokes in an upward direction across the skin to keep the lymph channels open, moving toward the major lymph nodes in the groin, armpits and base of neck.
Other ways to help the Lymphatic system is to have Detox Salt baths to help remove the toxins from the skin, Hot and Cold showers to excite the circulation and also tones the skin, regular exercise every week, yoga, massage and deep breathing into your diaphragm are extremely helpful and a great stress relief.