2016 November

Renewal, With Thankfulness

Renewal is a word with such hope to it.  When there is renewal of a season of enjoyment, the anticipation of refreshed vigor is a wonderful prospect.  And when there is renewal during a season of struggle, the opportunity to start all over is such a blessing.  Either way, thanksgiving is a healthy response to what happens in our life, isn’t it?

As the crisp fall leaves turn beautiful colors and land at our feet, as everything comes up pumpkin spice at Starbucks and beyond, and as we stop to reflect at the start of the holiday season and Thanksgiving, I will find one more thing to be thankful for…how about you?

Many have asked about a Black Friday special.  The answer is “Yes!”  I will send out four emails starting the day after Thanksgiving thru Monday as reminders.  Make secure online purchases (Square) from the emails. Thank you Loyal Clients and those new to our Rosewood Family.  I am grateful for you all!

Blessings,
Monica

The Lymphatic System

Why Lymphatic Drainage?

I have been on a learning curve with the lymphatic system, finding many implications for the use of this effective modality during sessions.  I have been getting regular lymphatic drainage treatments myself since early summer.  Changes I have experienced have been so fascinating to me that I have changed training that I had scheduled for December so that I will now be attending a Lymphatic Drainage class in the first part of 2017.

What Is The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is part of the immune system consisting of fluid, capillaries, connective tissue, valves, muscles, and organs.  It transports fluid from tissues, filters waste, recycles fluid and/or circulates excess fluid to organs for elimination.  A build up of fluid within the tissues can cause dull ‘background’ pain, excess fluid can also cause swelling, and even weight gain.  Additionally, unfiltered, waste-laden, recirculating fluid drags body systems down…and just sounds kinda gross!

Conditions with a potential solution in lymphatic drainage:
“dull” low back pain
pain in the heel
a “lump” in the ball of the foot
swollen ankles
“doughy” feeling around the abdominal area
headaches
joint tightness.

The Lymphatic Drainage Massage

As you can see, lymph drainage is very important.  Often massage gets wrongly categorized by pressure used to administer it rather than the outcome desired.  As a result lymphatic drainage can wrongly be pushed aside as “that light massage.”  NOT SO!

Gentle, stationary stretching of the skin and deeper tissues facilitates interstitial fluid, synovial fluid, and edematous fluids with its waste products into the lymphatic vessels for processing.

An effective practitioner is doing A LOT more than just brushing over the skin!!! Within minutes of working with the lymphatic system, you can hear and even feel the lymph begin to flow more vigorously through vessels and as I have worked with clients they have remarked at just that.  As a matter of fact, just today a client said to me, “Wow, I can feel it (the lymph) moving though my body when you do that!”

Rest is not idleness;
to lie on the grass under a tree on a fall day
listening to water murmur or watching clouds
is by no means a waste of time.
-John Lubbock

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