Our Inner Ocean

Our Inner Ocean

 The mighty and mysterious Lymphatic system is easily one of the most overlooked healing systems in the body. It is the backbone of the immune system and is responsible for the movement and flow of lymph fluid. The lymph picks up blood cells and discharged cell materials and carries them to lymph nodes, where the lymph is flushed, cleansed and regenerated. The lymph nodes have a high concentration of white blood cells, lymphocytes which are key players in the healing of infection. The lymphatic system also plays an essential role in the detoxification of the body, as the lymph fluid gathers and moves out toxins and cellular waste through its vessels and into the colon, where it is eliminated.  Our bodies are between 70-90% water and the movement, exchange and cleanup of our intercellular fluid is paramount for our overall health and wellbeing. An important fact to know about our lymph system is that it does not have a pump like our circulatory system has the heart. The lymphatic system moves by way of muscular and skeletal function… this is so important to understand, as most of us lead sedentary lifestyles which tax our bodies in many ways.  Scientists are still discovering the massive span of the Lymphatic system, but as recent research now shows, this intricate and vast system moves from the brain and throughout the whole body. I like to think of the Lymph and blood as the oceans within, both vitally important, one nourishing and delivering vital nutrients and the other cleaning up and making sure everything is in check. The integral relationship of the lymphatic system and the blood can be likened to yin and yang, they both work together and are part of a larger functioning beautiful whole.  Some...
Water therapy to smooth, tone and boost immunity

Water therapy to smooth, tone and boost immunity

Want a glowing complexion, taut skin, less cellulite? How about improved blood circulation and enhanced lymphatic function and drainage? sounds amazing right? it is! this is where I introduce you to the art of hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is used across the world in old and new health and wellness practices. And is a beautiful therapy. As the body is 70% water using this luminous element to stimulate and nourish our bodies, becomes a deeply rejuvenating and healing experience. Hydrotherapy uses water at cold and hot temperatures to manipulate blood flow and lymphatic function of the body. Cold water essentially forces the body to pull blood towards the core protecting the organs, the rush of more blood, results in the organs receiving more oxygen and being rejuvenated. When we douse the body with warm water blood returns to the extremities. This action begins to create an inner pump like movement of blood and lymphatic motion. the inner circulation improves blood flow and lymphatic drainage which helps eliminate toxins from the body. Detoxification helps to strengthen the bodies immune system, which is the bodies main defense against viruses, bacteria and infection. Getting down to business. All you need is a few extra minutes at the end of your shower. While you shower in warm/ hot water relax, take a few deep belly breaths and with each exhale let tension and stress go, do this for 1-2 minutes. Now, adjust the temperature to a much cooler setting, go as cold as you can tolerate (your tolerance will increase over time) stand so the water is showering your chest, and BREATH turn around so...