Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Learning Lymphatic System Lingo

Aesthetic massage is the process of using a suction machine to stimulate the lymphatic system via the skin or the integumentary system by applying pressure, stretching and deep subcutaneous massage.

What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system is series of circulatory canals much like our blood vessels, in fact they parallel each other so that both systems can exchange cells and information. Similar to our blood circulatory system, the lymphatic circulatory system runs from the tip of our nose to the bottom of our toes.

The lymphatic circulatory canals are a waste system that clean the body of impurities and garbage such as large fat cells called "cellulite" and large protein molecules, all of which are too big for the kidneys to process. The lymphatic system rids the body of byproducts left over from cell metabolism, such as lactic acid and creatine phosphate, as well as dust, dirt, dyes and pollution. The lymphatic system is also where the body fights off infections.

While the lymphatic system is busy doing all this work your lymphatic glands or nodes frequently become swollen and may become tender or sore. These glands and nodes are located around the neck, under the arm pits, in the stomach, around the groin, behind the knees and around the ankles.

To better understand the lymphatic system, you can think of it as a highway. As you are going down this highway you seem to be moving along nicely but then it starts to get a little busier. You have to drive a little slower, and then, all of a sudden, there is an accident up ahead and you are at a stand still.

The same thing happens in your lymphatic system (or "lymphatic highway"). If there is bodily garbage in those canals (either from natural cell metabolism or from inhaled/ingested artificial substances) the lymphatic highway will slow down. If some of that garbage gets stuck and clogs your lymphatic system, it stops functioning properly; that is until (allegorically) the tow truck comes along and tows the car away or in reality you flush lymphatic canals and detoxify your body. This is one of the things Aesthetic massage treatment does--it stimulates the lymphatic system to work better and tow away that garbage.

The best way to enhance this "towing" process is to flush the garbage out with lots of water. Therefore, it is important to drink 1 glass of water immediately following the treatment and another 5-7 glasses(6 to 8 glasses in total) throughout the rest of the day adding up to a total of 48 to 64 ounces of water. Whether you have an Aesthetic massage treatment or not, drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day is important to keep you body's lymphatic system running smoothly and to keeping it flushed clean. It is important to note that dry flaky skin is a sign of blockages or poor drainage in the lymphatic system.

Aesthetic massage is a unique vacuum massage technology; it actually helps the lymphatic system to stimulate itself. Aesthetic massage works by breaking down and loosening up the cells and their underlying structures. This process is then helped by the lymphatic system to dispose of the garbage that may have been "caught" between the cells and the garbage created by breaking down the underlying structures. Drinking water helps push this garbage, which the massage loosened, into the lymphatic system and to flush this newly "captured" garbage through the highway and out of your system. Aesthetic massage combined with drinking the recommended amount of water eliminates or lessens the chance that you will have blockages in the lymphatic system and the associated painful swelling of the lymphatic glands.

The fact is that garbage in the body, whether disguised as large fat cells, toxins, or byproducts from cell metabolism, makes it more difficult for the lymphatic system to do its job of keeping the highway open and moving smoothly. When the lymphatic system does not function properly, it slows down processes such as breaking up fats, eliminating cellulite, flushing out toxins, and keeping our body at its best to fight disease and promote healing.

So KEEP THE HIGHWAY CLEAN and moving freely! Give Aesthetic massage a try to promote the discharge of garbage into the lymphatic system and to help stimulate your lymphatic system to clean itself out.

Maria Beck is a licensed fitness instructor and an author who has published multiple articles on fitness, spirituality, life changes, and other subjects revolving around centered and healthy lifestyles. If you have any questions about this article please go to

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