The following exercises
are designed to increase the circulation of lymph fluid through
the lymph nodes. Lymph fluid moves towards the heart and is facilitated
by muscular contraction from vigorous, aerobic physical activity,
which pushes the fluid through the lymphatic system. The exercise
below will achieve similar results.
Jumping on a mini-trampoline
for 5-15 minutes daily or jumping with a skipping rope are excellent
activities for increasing lymphatic circulation.
2. Dry skin brushing
Dry skin brushing is
a simple exercise to stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation.
Stimulating the skin improves circulation, removes dead skin, keeps
the skin soft, helps control cellulite and rids the body of toxins.
- Brush the whole body
once per day with a dry natural sea sponge or a natural dry skin
brush, both of which are available at the health food store.
- It is best to do
this treatment after a hot shower and your body is dry.
- Start with the arms
front and back and use short, brisk strokes, working your way
up from the fingertips to the armpit, always moving towards the
- Then do each leg
working up through the pelvis, the buttocks, abdomen, and lower
- Then do the chest
and upper back, always brushing towards the heart.
- Finally, brush the
face and neck, using downward strokes towards the heart.
- Use your own skin
brush and do not share.
- Always keep the brush
dry. It will not work if it is wet.
- If the skin brushing
is painful, start lightly and persevere, the discomfort will pass.
Inverting the body can
assist with lymphatic drainage. The body can be therapeutically
inverted using gravity boards or inversion tables. You can also
achieve the same effect by doing certain types of inverted yoga
poses included in advanced yoga training.
Another method is to simply sit with your legs higher than pelvis.
This encourages drainage from the legs through the lymph nodes in
the groin. Stretching the arms over the head will help move lymph
through the nodes in the armpit.