Create flow in your lymphatic system through our trademark and PNF exercises
Your lymphatic system is your partner in health! Working hard to protect your body from infection while removing toxins from your blood, a well-flowing lymphatic system helps you feel your best – reducing inflammation, increasing energy, balancing hormones and giving you an overall feeling of vitality.
About your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is part of your immune system. It consists of vessels, nodes, and tissues and closely follows the circulatory system. As blood is pumped throughout the body, tiny openings in blood vessels allow fluid (plasma) to escape. This lymphatic fluid is then absorbed via one-way valves into the lymphatic vessels, where it is pumped (via exercise/movement) to the lymph nodes. You have 500-600 of these small bean-shaped glands placed strategically throughout the lymphatic system, where they produce white blood cells. If a pathogen is detected in the lymph fluid, it is killed by these immune cells before the lymph is returned back into the bloodstream and the cycle begins again. But unlike the circulatory system, which has the powerful pump of the heart to push blood through the arteries and veins, the lymphatic system does not have a central pump. It depends on movement via the muscles and joints to push lymph through the vessels.
How Essentrics Can Help:
With its large, flowing movements and continuous muscle pumping actions, Essentrics is the ideal workout to get the lymph flowing in 3 key ways:
1. Moving the joints in all of the ways they are designed to move. Most major lymph nodes are found at the hinges of the body – near joints like the elbows, knees, armpits, hip, neck and jaw. By moving the joints in their full range of motion, we ensure that we are stimulating the hundreds of lymph nodes found throughout the body.
2. Large, full body movements ensure that the lymph is removed from the tissues and brought into the lymphatic vessels. Equally contracting and stretching each muscle throughout an Essentrics workout creates the pumping action that helps move lymph through the vast network of vessels and nodes.
3. Over 50% of an Essentrics workout is done with the arms overhead. In addition to lengthening and strengthening the muscles of the shoulders and spine, this also targets the axillary lymph nodes – located in the underarms – assisting in drainage of lymph from the arms back to the chest, where the filtered lymph re-enters the bloodstream for re-circulation.
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