We will be introducing self care lymphatic drainage to the breathwork and the spinal rolling we do, alongside the yoga. I think it will prove to be the perfect adjuct to the spring meridians of the liver and gallbladder meridians, which we will be continuing after the break.
I have given an explanation below as to why it will prove to be a very useful tool in managing and nurturing your wellbeing.
Not so long ago I sent through a reading reference that I thought you would find of interest. DELAY AGEING BY COLIN ROSE.
For those of you have followed up on the reference, you will have found there are some real nuggets of gold to be had. For those of you who haven’t a very simplistic take away message might be as we get older then there will need to be things that we add, and things that we might take away in terms of our lifestyle choices. The basic premise is to take away those things that create chronic imflammation and increase the things that decrease chronic inflammation!
Much of the book’s focus is on diet and nutrition and how this will impact on us as we age.
I have always been aware of the importance of diet, nutrition and increasing so gut flora, in fueling our ageing bodies. However, up until recently I have not chosen to follow up on making any significant changes to my lifestyle to this regard. In terms of of movement and exercise I have walked the talk. I am now walking the talk re gut health and the benefits a caring and nurturing approach can bring to our lives.
It is clear that chronic long term inflammation is a significant contriobuting factor to so many modern day diseases, Alzheimers , heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer to name a few. As we get older the way in which our bodies deal with this chronic inflammation becomes less effective and efficient. It is also becoming increasingly clear that chronic inflammation is linked to what we eat, and how we chose to move and exercise.
The primary system that mops up the chemical cocktail of chronic inflammation is the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is like a network of rivers flowing throughout the body, with associated processing plants to deal with toxic waste etc. You can equate it to a sewage system, if you like. Unlike the vascular system that has a heart to mainatin the flow of blood around the body, the lymphatic system relies on other ways of maintaining its flow., such as deep breathing, muscular contractions whilst doing exercise or simply moving.
Lymphatic drainage is one of the cornerstones of my physiotherapy practice and has been for almost two decades. It can be extremely effective, but as with all things it has to be seen in the context of the bigger picture. I dont know if you have seen the ‘fatbergs’ that can block the sewers ( due to wet wipes and tampons amongst other things. That analogy works well for the underperformance of the lymphatic system. You can massage the lymph system as much as you like, but if the fuel you are putting into your body is acting as the catalyst for chronic inflammation, then your system will still be underperforming. Likewise if you dont move or exercise.
Its very simple to fix the london sewers. People need to stop putting wet wipes down the toilet. If only it were that simple for us humans. What is the perfect diet for me, might be inflammatory for someone else. This whole area of diet and nutrition is a minefiled. One minute you read red wine is good for you the next not… etc etc. However, one thing that the vast majority of people I work with have in common, is a poor hydration habit. So I would encourage all those who come to the Friday Class to start here and then over time explore the solid fuels we put into our bodies, with the same level of curiosity you bring to your yoga classes. I have given you below references that will help you on this journey should you choose to undertake it.
Why bother? Thats a converstaion we could have on one of the retreats I run from home…
Healthy Gut, Healthy You: The Personalized Plan to Transform Your Health from the Inside Out By Ruscio.
Lymph and longevity by Dr Lemole
Quench By Dana Cohen
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