How often do you get a stiff neck? Or sore neck? What do you do about it? Neck tensions impair normal lymph flow and affect body health conditions. Lymphatic Yoga can help!
The Lymphatic System is a transport system. The neck is the bridge between the body and the brain. When there is stiffness, tension or contractions in the neck, the communication between brain and body is partially impaired. Neck tensions do not allow proper lymph fluid motion. So, the bodily transport system is impaired. Lymph fluid becomes sluggish. It hardens. So, neck exercises from Lymphatic Yoga are a must. Neck exercises keep both tensions away from the neck and optimal fluid motion between body and brain.
Most importantly, is the fact that the neck is rich in lymph nodes clusters. The entire body contains around 600-800 lymph nodes. About 1/3 of these lymph nodes are in the neck! Neck tensions will impair and slow down lymph movement not only in the neck but also throughout the entire body.
As the Lymphatic System works all over the body, a clogged neck lymph nodes causes fluid sluggishness which multiplies in other parts of the body. In other words, the opposite, a free lymph motion in the neck area activates lymph fluid transport in the whole body!
Let’s Work With Lymphatic Yoga!
In the Lymphatic Yoga classes at Yogamatrix (Orlando, Florida) we always start with neck motions. Then let’s begin:
1) Rub your hands together until they feel warm. Using both hands gently massage the neck.
2) With your finger tips, gently tap below the collar bones (clavicles). Simultaneously, right hand taps below the right collar bone and left below the left. Tapping back and forth with four finger tips. Continue the gentle shoulder tapping for about 1 minute.
3)Practice your diaphragmatic breathing (deep breathing) for a few minutes before the neck exercises.
4)Now synchronize the diaphragmatic breathing with neck motion.
- Breathing in, gently lift your chin towards the ceiling. Breathing out, gently lower your chin towards the space between the collar bones. There is no forcing, no straining. Do it slowly combined with long inhalation and exhalation.Repeat 3 times.
-Breathing in, gently turn your head to the right. Breathing out return your head to the center. Same to the left. Repeat 3 times.
- Breathing in, lateral motion, bring your right ear towards the right shoulder (no forcing!). Inhale center your head. Same to the left. Repeat 3 times.
Now lie down for a few minutes (5 to 10 min.) still practicing your deep slow breathing. If you have lymphedema you can also elevate either the leg or arm affected. Practice this every day!
Thanks so much to all of you for the tremendous response to my blog! I send my love to all of you! My intention is to make one of the most important systems of the body - the mighty Lymphatic System - known to all. My intention is to assist you to prevent or manage lymphedema. My intention is to show you how Lymphatic Yoga can keep this mighty system healthy. So, we can all have a powerful and inexpensive tool to manage, assist and improve our health conditions.
Love, light and joy to all!
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