Integrative Health Blog

Help for the Lymphatic System...and Younger Looking Skin

Posted by on Tue, Feb 11, 2014

Krista Merwede LMT

As a massage therapist, there is one person in particular that sticks out in my mind, we will call her Jane, as the individual that has the "juiciest" muscles I have touched in the treatment room.  What I mean by juicy is the quality of the musculature: toned, hydrated, healthy skin, strong.  It was during my massage therapist training inalifornia in 2001 when I encountered this lady, and I have been questing to find a structure that my hands deemed more optimal than hers for well over a decade - to no avail.

Did I mention that this woman was 56 years old when I worked on her? 

Even with my limited experience at the time, I was truly amazed.  This was the human body in its optimum form, this is what muscles feel like when they are functioning at full capacity, I remember thinking.  I was also curious why see felt better to me than many of the more youthful patients that I had seen.  After the session I checked in with her, what was her secret?  Could it be her diet or a lotion or a potion or a sport?

Rebounding for Health- and Anti-Aging?

Jane's secret is simple and ruthlessly effective.  She would spend 15 min a day bouncing on a rebounder.  This is a piece of exercise equipment that looks like a small, circular trampoline that is low to the ground for in-home use.  One can be purchased for less that $50 in many cases, and using it only a quarter an hour per day makes the rebounder both cost and time efficient.

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Tags: rebounding, lymphatic drainage

Rebounding for Detoxification

Posted by on Tue, May 29, 2012

Healthy Tips

Rebounding, or gently bouncing on a Rebounder, similar to a "mini trampoline", is a great form of gentle exercise.

Rebounding is great for the lymphatic system and helps move toxins out of the body. The lymphatic system runs next to the circulatory system. The circulatory system has a pump to pump blood through but the lymphatic system does not have a pump. The lymphatic system is like the “garbage can” of the blood and takes toxins out of the bloodstream.

Why do we need to move more?

For health and our well-being, we are told to exercise for about 30 minutes a day. Exercise helps the lymphatic system move out the toxins so they are not reabsorbed back into the body.  The type of up and down, vertical motion done on a rebounder is especially helpful for lymphatic drainage. It only needs to be done for a few minutes a day and is a good thing to add to your exercise regimen.

In this short video I will demonstrate the motion and you can see for yourself how easy it is to exercise on a rebounder.  

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Tags: detoxification, rebounding, anita's healthy tips