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Course in France and Washington DC Conference

After teaching the Lymphatic Yoga course in France, I went to the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Conference in  Washington D.C. I sincerely apologize that lately I haven’t posted in the blog. I’ve been traveling so much teaching about Lymphatic Yoga and for while I will write in the blog more sparsely. In addition, I’m writing the second book of the trilogy Lymphatic Yoga! It will be ready soon!

Of course, it was my honor to be talking in London, May 10-11,  at the “20th anniversary MLD Conference” for all seasoned Manual Lymph Drainage therapists, physiotherapists and physicians. Thanks Sherry Fetzer for your support to the Lymphatic Yoga.

Lots of you have asked me about my second book of Lymphatic Yoga. Yes, it’s on the way! It includes several Lymphatic Yoga practical sessions (CD included) not only for those with fully functional Lymphatic System but also for those people with Lymphedema, Lipedema and auto-immune conditions.

 

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Summer was so busy!  In July, I was in France teaching a weeklong Lymphatic    Yoga course. We all had a blast over there! How magical was the experience in the Pyrenees! People from the US and England participated and came out not only with innovative knowledge but also refreshed in body, mind, and spirit! Some of the comments were:

 

 

“It was perfect”

“This course literally changes the perspective of Yoga and your body. It brings you hope!”

“I’ll go next year again! I want do everything again!”

“It was everything I was looking for!”

“My body was different, it was lighter. My skin was silky, almost shining! how different I felt after a week, I’m surprised and amazed.”

“Can’t wait for the next book”

“When will you do the next one?”

“Perfect mix of knowledge, health improvement and vacation. I loved it!

Here are some pictures of our magical experience :

 

 

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Lunch and dinner at Marcevol. Delicious meals in an amazing place!

 

 

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Pure fresh air at Marcevol in the Pyrenees!

 

 

WASHINGTON DC CONFERENCE – NATIONAL LYMPHEDEMA NETWORK CONFERENCE: Sept 3-7

Yes, the capital is beautiful! I’m now in the NLN conference to help bring more awareness to the diseases of the Lymphatic System. If you’re here please introduce yourself to me. I love to meet my readers.  I’ll be posting some pictures from NLN Conference soon!

Have fun!

Love, light and lymph,

Edely Wallace

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I was picking up some apricots at Marcevol!

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This was our Lymphatic Yoga classroom.

 

 

Lipoedema? What is Lipoedema?

 

 

What is lipoedema? Lipoedema is commonly known as the syndrome of the fat legs. Lipoedema is a fat disorder in which, for unknown reasons fat cells grow and multiply abnormally. Today, lipoedema is under diagnosed and has not received attention from research experts.  It’s considered a genetic or hereditary condition. It runs in families. It affects about 15% of women, though this number can be larger due to undiagnosed cases.

 

Dr. Foldi (Foldi’s Textbook of Lymphology) defines Lipoedema as a chronic disease primarily affecting women, which accompanies a symmetrical increase in adipose (fat cells) tissue in the legs. This pathological fat tissue begins in the hips and extends to the ankles. It also involves a hormonal disorder of pituitary-thyroid or pituitary-ovary, according to this iconic pioneer of the Lymphatic System.

 

Lipoedema is like having disproportionally larger legs and buttocks as compared to the trunk. Both legs look heavy and swollen and they keep swelling throughout the day. They also are very sensitive to touch. They hurt. The flesh feels very soft with a rubbery like texture. There is a tendency to have bruises and bleeding from minimal traumas. The skin has a nodular appearance and feeling. Usually feet and arms are not affected. During my training with Dr. Foldi, she also mentioned that depression is another characteristic of lipoedema.

 

Today, lipoedema is understood as a progressive disorder of fatty tissues. It generates an accumulation of fat deposits that also are resistant to any type of diet! So diet or even fast barely affects this pathological fat.

 

Studies show that fatty tissues are not irrigated by lymphatic vessels. However, the accumulation of fat caused by lipoedema progressively compresses the lymphatic vessels. This abnormal deposit of fat reduces the transport capacity of the lymphatic fluid. Over time, there is alteration of the initial lymphatic vessels and the lymph fluid formation is reduced. As a result of lipoedema, swollen tissues, fibrosis and, in later stages necrosis may occur,

 

Untreated or undiagnosed lipoedema usually evolves to lymphedema.

 

How to Deal With Lipoedema?

 

Though diet barely affects lipoedema fat, a controlled diet is important to prevent  gaining additional weight.

 

Up to now there is no cure for Lipoedema. MLD and compression stockings are recommended. Liposuction can be a palliative.The best approach is to exercise and keep moving. For Lipoedema, gentle exercise and breathing techniques are  recommended.

 

Today, pool exercises, gentle walking and, Yoga are recommended for this condition. Yoga is the only form of exercise that involves both gentle exercises and deep breathing techniques.

 

Lymphatic Yoga, however, has superior additional results. Rather than moving the lymph in a random way – as in a general yoga class – Lymphatic Yoga motions and breathings are designed to obey the anatomic sequence of lymphatic flow! This makes all the difference. Try it!

 

Lymphatic Yoga Exercise for Lipoedema

 

I have bellow a simple and effective Lymphatic Yoga exercise you can do everyday, as you wake up. It’s going to help your lymph motion. Remember be gentle with yourself, no forcing or quick motions. Make sure to use the proper diaphragmatic breathing. Please, also let me know the results you have. Go ahead and begin now!

 

a) Breathe in, slowly open your arms at shoulder height, bring your shoulder blades close to each other and lift your chin progressively towards the ceiling. Also place your hands back as far as you comfortably can.  Keep your arms open for 2-3 seconds while you hold your breath.

 

b) Breathe out, slowly and hug yourself as you separate your shoulder blades and simultaneously gently lower your head – chin in towards the space between the collar bones (clavicles). No forcing, do a little less. Keep the position without air for about 2-3 seconds. The motion should be conscious and slowly coordinated with your breathing. The entire exercise should take about 15 seconds. Repeat from 5 to 10 times.

 

London Conference – MLD UK Conference Celebrating 20 years – May 10-11, 2014

I was kindly invited by Sharie Fetzer  – Research Coordinator for Lipoedema UK – to participate in the MLD UK Conference in London this weekend (May 10-11).

 

For this conference, I also just shot a short video with Paige Roberts, in Orlando FL at Yogamatrix Studio! The video contains a short and special sequence of Lymphatic Yoga for those with Lipoedema, as my friend Sharie asked me to do.  The Lymphatic Yoga for Lipoedema video should be available soon, to all members of Lipoedema UK. YAY!

 

Hope to chat with you and answer your questions this weekend in the Lipoedema UK stand, in London. I’m so excited about the growing interest in and awareness of Lymphatic System and its misunderstood conditions – lipoedema and lymphedema. It’s great! Going to the airport now! Love you all!

Love, life and lymph,

Edely

* In the US, lipedema is the term commonly used, in the UK it is referred as lipoedema.

My Trip to the Symposium in Frankfurt & Foeldi Clinic!

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After the Symposium in Frankfurt we were at Foeldi Clinic – (left to right, back row then front) Dr Karen Louise Herbst, Dr Mark Smith, Mike Decker (camera person), Dr Joe Dayan, Sharie Fetzer, Catherine Seo, Prof Dr Foeldi, and I in Hinterzarten, Germany.

 

In the 25 years that I have been researching the Lymphatic System, I have met some wonderful people. Last week I was invited  to a Symposium in Frankfurt (Germany), to discuss Lipedema and the Lymphatic System with some of the world most renowned doctors and researchers from Europe.

Despite my very busy schedule in Florida, I realized I had to go. Yes, for support and also to be part of a wave of change. Change that will benefit those of you who are directly affected by the widespread lack of knowledge that plagues the world of the Lymphatic System, Lipedema and Lymphedema.

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I was invited to speak about Lymphatic Yoga at the Symposium. I explained how to move the lymph fluid since the heart does not pump it and guided attendees through a short Lymphatic Yoga practice. It was a big success! Thank you to all the physicians, researchers, physical therapists and bloggers for your amazing reception to my Lymphatic Yoga presentation!

I was also blown away by the level of passion this group had for bringing awareness and resolution to the diseases caused by a compromised Lymphatic System.  I am so grateful to be a part of the beginning of something so profound and important!

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After the symposium, some of us traveled to see Prof Dr Foeldi at the Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, in the middle of the Black Forest. Beautiful place!

It is always so inspiring to visit Prof Dr Foeldi! She is a pioneer in her area and we couldn’t be this far without her knowledge, dedication and life long work. I’m so moved every time I see Prof Dr Foeldi! She is a living icon in our field! So precious! At the same time, so humble and generous with all. I love her! She spent about six hours of her invaluable time with our group. It was wonderful!

 

The American Doctors in the Forefront of Lymphatic Research

Dr Foeldi, Dr Joe Dayan and Dr Mark Smith

Dr Joseph Dayan, Dr. Mark Smitn and Dr Foeldi after the Symposium in Frankfurt

Also moved by Prof Dr Foeldi presence and stature, Dr. Mark Smith (Chief of Plastic Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center and Director of Plastic Surgery for Continuum Cancer Centers of New York ) and his colleague Dr. Joseph Dayan  introduced to Prof Dr Foeldi their cutting-edge work with lymph nodes. At the Beth Israel Medical Center both surgeons transfer vascularized lymph nodes from an healthy area of the body to the area affected with lymphedema. This is a dream work for those with lymphedema! At the end, Prof Dr Foeldi showered them with compliments for their work. It was a big deal!

 

We also were fortunate to have Dr. Karen Herbst – endocrinologist in fat disorder and   lipedema – who brought light to this misunderstood disease, in which diets are not effective. Great work Dr. Karen!

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Prof Dr Foeldi and Dr. Karen Herbst

 

Visiting Lymphedema / Lipedema Patients with Prof Dr Foeldi

At the end of the day, both Sharie Fetzer (Lipoedema UK, Research Co-ordinator) and I were invited to accompany Prof Dr Foeldi, the next day, in her morning visit to lipedema and lymphedema patients at the Foeldi Klinik.

After that, Prof Dr Foeldi suggested that I do a research about the benefits of Lymphatic Yoga for those with lymphedema. Great idea Prof Foeldi! Thank you!  Such research  is on the horizon with the help of my friend Sharie Fetzer from Lipoedema UK.

It was an honor to meet with Prof Dr. Foeldi and to meet many other dedicated souls, last week.  Thank you Catherine Seo for putting together and organizing these meetings! You’re changing history!

Our mission has grown legs and we can all feel something big is on the horizon.  We each brought something so incredible to the table and together we lit a torch to move faster.

See you soon,

Love, Light and Lymph,

Edely

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Sharie Fetzer (Lipoedema UK, research coordinator) and I, after spending the morning seeing patients with Prof Dr Foeldi.

 

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