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  • Writer's pictureTania Cucciniello

How the Immune System and Lymphatic System Work Together: Part 2

Let’s pick things up from where we left off in Part 1.


The lymphatic system is a large network of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, lymphoid organs, lymphoid tissues, and lymph fluid. This network can become clogged and backed up if one makes poor diet or lifestyle choices… But choices indicate there is a possibility for change!


Increased hydration, increased movement, and eating whole foods is very important for proper lymph flow and overall health. Proper amounts of Vitamin C and D, plus proper amounts of sleep also help these systems function well. Furthermore, massage therapy has some of the biggest impacts and benefits on the lymphatic system.


The benefits of massage therapy on the lymphatic system

  • Reduces tension

  • Reduces water retention

  • Stimulates vasodilation

  • Stimulates lymph flow

  • Removes metabolic waste

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Improves range of motion

  • Relieves feelings of heaviness

  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite


The benefits of massage therapy on the immune system

  • Reduces stress

  • Reduces cortisol

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Improves white blood cell production

  • Help fight off infections and bacteria

  • Helps macrophages in muscle tissue repair

  • Helps promote growth of new mitochondria


How you too can stimulate lymph at home

  • Dry brushing

  • Guasha

  • Exercise

  • Rebounding

  • Hydration

  • Proper nutrition

  • Cold showers

  • Breathwork


Essential oils for cellulite during a massage or at home

Herbs:

  • Vervain

  • Thyme

  • Rosemary

Woods:

  • Sandalwood

  • Cedar

Citrus:

  • Lime

  • Grapefruit

  • Orange

Essential oils can be used by a professional, like myself, at your next massage therapy appointment or at home. If using essential oils at home, please be sure to dilute a few drops into a neutral-base oil or lotion, to avoid direct contact with the skin. This will also help spread the essential oil evenly throughout the body. Whether using essential oils at home or at your next massage, please remember to avoid exposure to the sun right after, as this may cause redness.


Massage therapy of any type increases circulation, boosts collagen, and stimulates endorphins, leaving you feeling lighter physically and mentally. However, a massage focused on lymph flow that pumps the nodules and decreases striated tissues, a.k.a. ‘stuck fascia’, can target stubborn spots even better. Lastly, when striated tissues are less tense, then lymph has more ease to flow, and so do the cells of the immune system.

If you would like to know more about ‘stuck fascia’, and are able to study at home, check out my online course: An Introduction to Fascia Therapy, only on Udemy.

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