Bowen therapy offers a gentle approach to supporting lymphatic flow and reducing stress.

Uncover signs of lymph congestion and practical lifestyle strategies to optimize lymphatic function and overall well-being.

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Bowen Treatment for Lymphatics – Video Transcript

Bowen treatment for lymphatics, is a gentle and non-invasive form of bodywork.

What is the Lymph System?

Our lymphatic, or lymph system is a critical part of our immune system that is essential for protecting us from inflammation and illness. Our lymph system also helps to keep bodily fluids in balance, so a healthy lymph system means we won’t experience abnormal water retention or painful swelling, and it can take care of any fluid build-up or swelling due to injury or health issues.

All this happens while protecting us from infections, bacteria, toxins, and other potential threats.

Our lymph system is a network of blood vessels and lymph nodes working together to carry fluids from our tissues to our blood and vice versa, it’s basically our body’s inner drainage system. Besides lymph vessels and nodes, our lymph system includes several organs such as tonsils, spleen, thymus, and adenoids.

An important part of our lymph system are the lymph nodes, they are found in different areas of our bodies, in the throat area, groin, armpits, chest, and abdomen. Lymph nodes play a critical role in fighting infection, recovering from illness, and healing wounds, because our immune cells are created within them. They can recognise harmful organisms and trigger the creation of infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes.

The lymph system can get congested when we are chronically ill and/or are stressed, our bodies create stress-fighting hormones which result in free radical waste products that can lead to a variety of health issues.

When our digestive system is out of whack, contributing to our intestinal membranes getting irritated, it can cause lymph congestion. So our gut health is essential for lymph flow, detoxification, and immunity.

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Some signs that our lymph system could be congested might include:

  • Fatigue
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Bloating
  • Retaining water
  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Swollen glands
  • Colds, sore throats, or ear issues and sinusitis

Help is at hand.

Having a Bowen treatment may help in a quite a few ways.

Bowen therapy indirectly supports a healthier lymphatic system and reduces stress.

Bowen therapy involves gentle, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, and connective tissues, which may stimulate blood flow and circulation, potentially aiding the movement of lymphatic fluid.

Bowen therapy is known for its ability to support the body’s natural healing mechanisms, and by targeting specific points on the body, it may encourage tissue repair and regeneration. Improved tissue health can indirectly benefit the lymphatic system by ensuring the surrounding structures support optimal lymph flow.

Bowen therapy may also assist in rebalancing the autonomic nervous system, which regulates various bodily functions, including the lymphatic system.

When addressing muscular tension and pain, Bowen therapy can potentially improve overall body function by reducing tension, which may alleviate compression on lymphatic vessels, allowing for better fluid movement.

And in the meantime, before you can book a Bowen treatment, there are few ways to improve lymph moving around your body.

Make a walk part of your daily routine, because our lymph system relies on pressure from muscle movement and breathing to move fluids around.  The bottom line is, find an activity that you enjoy, and do it.  Lacking this pressure due to a sedentary lifestyle or chronic dehydration may slow and congest your lymph system.

Deep diaphragmatic breathing helps facilitate proper lymph movement and detoxification, just find a breathing exercise that suits you and do it. Physical and emotional stress can both increase the risk of lymph congestion, so besides breathing exercises, we can reduce stress with mindfulness practices, meditation, getting outside to ground yourself, journaling, and spending time with loved ones, can help you to remain calm in the present moment, slow down, reduce stress, increase joy, and improve lymphatic flow.

Lymph is about 95 percent water, so it’s making sure we are properly hydrated is absolutely key for the proper health and functioning of our lymphatic systems. Without enough water, the lymphatic fluid cannot flow properly, which can lead to lymph congestion and dehydration, so have a bottle or glass of water at hand to sip every 15 minutes or so.

Dry skin brushing can boost circulation, lymphatic flow, and detoxification. This technique helps to remove dead skin cells and toxic waste, stimulate your sweat glands by opening your pores, improve immunity, helps deal with cellulite, and so promoting lymphatic cleansing.

A soak in a bath with Epsom salts, or essential oils (lavender, frankincense) are fantastic for relaxation, detoxing, de-stressing, and can aid sleep, and ultimately will be good for our lymph. Maybe baths aren’t your thing, so something to try is a 30 second blast of cold water at the end of your shower. This kind of showering improves muscle contraction through your body, that allows whole-body contractions to squeeze lymphatic flow through your system and boosts lymphatic cleansing and may improve any inflammation and boost our overall health.

So, to wrap up, our lymphatic systems are absolutely essential for our immunity and for protecting us from inflammation and illness. If our lymph system is congested, it makes us prone to infections and disease, so we need to keep our lymph flowing and free from congestion for our health and well-being, so do take charge of your health, we are our own best doctors.