The lymphatic system is made up of a network of thin tubes that run throughout the body called lymph vessels and oval-shaped organs called lymph nodes, which collect and filter lymph.

The lymphatic system is an integral part of the body's defence mechanism.

This system stores and releases lymphocytes and antibodies to fight infection, it maintains fluid balance in the body by absorbing excess fluids, and it supports the digestive system by counteracting infection and absorbing fats and toxins from the tissues – to be eliminated through the liver and kidneys. But due to nutritional deficiencies, surgery and illness, our relative inactivity and toxins that accumulate in the body, the lymph system becomes increasingly clogged, causing toxicity and illnesses in the body.

Much like a stagnant pool of water breeds mosquitoes and algae, the sluggish flow of interstitial fluid and lymph can contribute to the build-up of cellular waste and toxins in the body.

Improving the flow of fluids allows the healthy cells to do their job effectively and keep your body strong by ensuring your immune system is in good shape.

Symptoms of an overburdened lymph system may include: fatigue • headaches • water retention • weight gain • cellulite • constipation • arthritic symptoms • recurring sinus, colds and flu • development of cancer cells, etc.

Congestion of interstitial fluid and lymph in the pelvic area can lead to endometriosis, ovarian cysts, intense period pain, irregular periods, adhesions around the uterus and painful sex.

The Veltheim Method of Lymphatic Drainage used by BodyTalk Practitioners is a highly effective energy detox therapy, which supports and enhances the immune system. It consists of gentle rhythmical movements to lightly activate interstitial fluid on a cellular level, moving it through the tissues and into the lymphatic system, helping it to drain toxins and move throughout the body. This method can be conducted without removing your clothing, and oils and lotions need not be used.

What are the benefits

  • Helps to remove lactic acid and toxins from the body
  • Regulates the digestive system and improves constipation
  • Provides weight loss support
  • Reduces inflammation and acute swelling
  • Promotes healing after surgery and other injuries
  • Improves circulation and reduces cellulite
  • Reduces fluid retention and oedema
  • Decreases joint pain
  • Reduces stress and facilitates deep relaxation

The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is made up of a network of thin tubes that run throughout the body called lymph vessels and oval-shaped organs called lymph nodes, which collect and filter lymph. As blood flows throughout the body, a thin yellow fluid called plasma leaks out from blood vessels and mixes with interstitial fluid and water to surround the cells in different tissues. This mixture contains food for the cells, blood cells that are important for immunity, and also waste secreted by the cells. It drains into the lymph vessels, after which it is called lymph, and is then transported to lymph nodes, which contain immune cells. Since the lymphatic system doesn’t have any way to move the fluid on its own, it relies on the movement from muscles in the body to push the fluid along, and valves to keep the fluid going in the right direction. Once in the lymph nodes, the fluid is filtered, and any disease-causing organisms are killed. Other organs that work with this system include the spleen, which takes out dead or damaged red blood cells and contains white blood cells to fight disease, and the thymus, which produces more white blood cells. The tonsils and adenoids also work with this system and protect the digestive system and respiratory system specifically. Bone marrow also contributes to the lymphatic system.

Practitioners

Elsabie Norden

Lynnwood

Eunice da Conceicao

Waterkloof Ridge

Eleanor Kent

Irene