creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie
"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and
creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie
By Beth-ellen Zang, LMT, AHE, CNC -- Published in: Massage Today
October, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 10
Consider your body's water systems, with cells floating, hydrating, nourishing and eliminating into the interstitial fluid. In a healthy body, there is always a number of proteins, fats, bacteria, viruses, fungi, metabolic waste, cellular debris and environmental pollutions present in "the pool." The interstitial pool is an extracellular water environment.
Your cardiovascular system (blood, heart, arteries, and veins is 90% water. Your blood circulates from the heart through the arteries and veins back to the heart. The arterial side goes from large vessels to small creating a high pressure system. The venous side goes from small to large vessels creating a low pressure system moving back into the heart.
There are blood capillaries that end and empty into the interstitial pool, yet red blood does not leave the cardiovascular system through these capillaries. It is the excess proteins, fats, bacteria, viruses, fungi, metabolic waste and environmental pollutions that leave the blood at this point.
Your lymphatic system (lymph, collectors, ducts, nodes, B-cells, and T-cells is 96% water. It is here that the lymphatic system joins the cardiovascular stream. Like veins, the lymph is a low pressure system and the flow starts with tiny lymph capillaries that ultimately become large ducts carrying lymph to the heart. This is a one way system.
Through this lower pressure and movement, interstitial fluid is drawn into the initial lymphatic pathways. Once interstitial fluid enters the lymphatic structures, it is considered lymph. The fluid joins with monocytes/macrophages and Lymphocytes/B-cells and T-cells which kill, consume and digest unwanted debris. This now harmless substance is returned to the blood where it is filtered through the liver, spleen, kidneys and lungs to be eliminated.
Your craniosacral system (cerebrospinal fluid, brain and spinal cord is 98% water. The craniosacral system is a semi-closed hydraulic system consisting of the brain and spinal cord encapsulated by the dura mater and dural tube with cerebrospinal fluid as its liquid. Through the choroid plexus in the brain, cerebrospinal fluid is secreted in the cranial vault. Through the sagittal sinus along the midline of the head, the circulated cerebrospinal fluid is delivered into the bloodstream for elimination.
Imagine all the blood, lymph, interstitial fluid and cerebrospinal fluid well hydrated, oxygenated, and free of excess. They would be flowing easily, doing their respective jobs easily and seamlessly, keeping the body nourished and clean, hydrated and oxygenated. We are constantly exposed to pollution, electromagnetic frequencies, personal and social stressors, injury, trauma, dietary injustices and metabolic waste. Our planet, food, water and supplies are struggling desperately for balance and bounty. All of these different stressors create free radicals in the body.
Free radicals are positively charged. They're hot, usually acidic and toxic to us. As our bodies begin to dry up, get gummy and sludge ridden, the blood gets sticky. Some of the many reasons blood cells mutate are because of toxins, dehydration, lack of oxygen and lack of high quality nutrients, so the flow slows down. The interstitial pool has more debris to eliminate and becomes polluted. The lymph must work harder to clean the system and gets overworked, cannot keep up, and becomes gummy and hardened, it slows down. If you cannot eliminate the garbage, the blood keeps getting more polluted.
The brain must stay nourished, hydrated, oxygenated and clean for proper function. Cerebrospinal fluid is one of the most pure of fluids in the body. It is the "blood" of the central nervous system delivering water, oxygen and nutrients and carrying away metabolic waste. If the blood is thick, gummy and moving slowly, it will slow down emptying of cerebrospinal fluid from the central nervous system. This will signal the choroid plexus to deliver less new fluid into the system, contributing to all sorts of bodily function imbalance and disease.
Interstitial fluid and lymph, being even more water-laden than blood, will respond to increased availability of absorbable water. They begin to move more freely. With this increased mobility of blood the cerebrospinal fluid can more fully exit the central nervous system allowing more room for the secretion of abundant fresh fluid into the cranial vault. To simply state it, this phenomena carries true throughout the body, activating the waters in all of the organs so that they can begin to function properly, thereby being able to eliminate and flush toxins from themselves and the circulatory system.
Working with lymphatic balancing and some other kinds of bodywork, initiates a polarity shift in the tissues. Increasing the negatively charged water in the body increases the cell's ability to hydrate, allowing the system to reduce pathologies in the tissues from within. When working on the body where there is pain, coldness, inflammation, heat, congestion, swelling, stiffness etc., these techniques will work to create negative ions in the area and activate the body's natural healing mechanisms.
The water in our bodies is being devitalized and polluted with every second, due to the stress that we are constantly exposing it to. We need tools in our daily regimen to counter balance all of the assaults our body faces moment to moment. Some of these tools are:
Elaine Levenson, LMT
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