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Lymph Drainage Therapy

Relief from swelling, toxins, and cellulite

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The lymphatic system is crucial to our body's ability to protect us from disease. Through a series of vessels, nodes and complementary organs, it removes stagnant fluids, filters toxins and cellular wastes, removes foreign substances and fights invaders.

Indeed, toxins trapped in our adipose (fat) tissues may be one reason it is hard for us to lose weight. If the adipose were to release the toxins through weight loss, we might become sick. However, if the lymphatics are functioning properly, the toxins are naturally removed and so is the body's reason to hold onto the fat. Likewise, removing toxins from any of our cells slows the aging process and promotes healing and healthy immune response.

The lymph itself is a clear or sometimes milky-colored fluid that flows inside vessels roughly adjacent to the circulatory vessels. Many of the lymphatic vessels are superficial and just under the skin. The lymphatic capillaries are very permeable, allowing easier absorption of cellular debris and fluids.

While the heart pumps the blood through our bodies, the lymphatic system relies on tiny muscular units called lymphangions to contract and move the fluid in a one-way direction, always toward the heart. In other words, the lymph system has no pump of its own. Rather, our own physical movement gives it impetus. When it gets stuck, the result is often edema (swelling).

Lymph Drainage Therapy is a technique that helps the body sustain proper functioning of the lymphatic system. A therapist trained in the technique actually feels the movement of the lymph and is able to assess the rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the flow. Then through very gentle, slow pressure, the therapist assists the client's body in removing blocks to the flow, urging it to the nodes and the deeper emptying ducts. As a result, the nodes are better able to remove the toxins and wastes, and edema and other lymphatic dysfunction complaints are reduced.

There are some contraindications for Lymph Drainage Therapy. A thorough health history will be taken by your therapist before a treatment, and you will be advised if any of those contraindications exist. It is important to remember that your health history is protected by HIPAA. You should be honest with your therapist for proper assessment.

A full LDT session usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes (Cost is $60-90). However, it is sometimes beneficial to have parts of the work done during your regular massage. If you are interested, please tell your therapist.

Suzanne has studied Lymph Drainage Therapy with the Chikly Health Institute. Please visit the link for more information. You can also go to the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners to view Suzanne's profile.


Essential Oil of the Month: Sweet Marjoram

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Sweet Marjoram

I recently learned about marjoram essential oil while reading a book about the chakras. The benefits of this marvelous oil have made it a new addition to my aromatherapy shelf. I am amazed that I didn't know of it before.

The aroma of sweet marjoram is warm and spicy. It is a little like nutmeg. Sweet marjoram was used in ancient times for cosmetics and perfumes and was an antidote to poison. Today we find in in Oriental and herbal or spicy perfumes and fragrances. It is often found in masculine colognes.

Marjoram is good for the first, or root, chakra, which is the chakra we use to connect to the physical world. It is a great oil to use when you are feeling spacey and ungrounded. First chakra emotional issues include anger, jealousy, greed, grief, depression and insecurity. Using marjoram when we are feeling these emotions can help us raise the body's frequency to more closely align with the earth and all that sustains us in our physical bodies.

Today, we find marjoram being used for some of the same things. Specifically, it is a pain reliever with calming effects on the nervous system and a warning effect on the muscles. This makes it especially effective for muscle aches, arthritis, headaches, and PMS.

When blended with lavender, sweet marjoram fights insomnia effectively because of its sedative properties. Its antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties make it a good choice for infections of all kinds, and steam inhalation of sweet marjoram is very good for colds, sinusitis and the flu. It can be used on burns, bruises, and inflammations.

Marjoram dilates the blood vessels, which makes it good for high blood pressure, heart disease, migraines, and cold hands and feet. I calms the sex drive and is considered an anti-aphrodisiac.

As always, avoid using sweet marjoram is you are pregnant or nursing.


Avoiding Identity Theft

Tips for keeping your finances safe

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Original art by Suzanne Eller

Recently, our local North Carolina Retired School Personnel chapter welcomed attorney Caroline Farmer from the NC Department of Justice to speak on protecting ourselves from identity theft. The information is worth sharing.

You can find more tips and a host of other consumer-related and personal safety protection information on the North Carolina Department of Justice website.

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your Social Security number and other information like your bank account or your mother's maiden name to open new accounts in your name. They can then run up accounts and do damage to your credit and to your reputation. Here are some suggestions for safeguarding your personal information and your credit:

These are just some of the ways Farmer talked about protecting oneself from identity theft. Caroline Farmer is available to speak to groups and organizations at no charge if the group is large enough to justify the expense of her travel from Raleigh. You can contact her at the North Carolina Department of Justice.

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Mar. 2011

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Health Benefits of Regular Massage

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Marjoram 15 ml: $16.50

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The warm weather at the end of Feb. was a surprise. For most of us, it was a welcome one as we were able to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and the gradually longer days.

Some of us have felt the effects of exercise in the fresh air. For the most part, the effects have been positive, but some of us may have strained muscles that were underused during the extreme cold. If that is you, you might well consider the health benefits of massage (see article below) as you recover.

We don't know if we will have more cold weather. Since it is technically still winter, the possibility is pretty likely. Changes in the weather often make us more susceptible to infections. Lymph drainage therapy (see article below) is a technique that can improve immune function.

Easter comes late this year, so it will be a while before students and teachers have another vacation. However, daylight savings time begins March 13 (don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on March 12), and St. Patrick's Day is May 17. Lent starts on March 9, which means that Mardi Gras Day (or Fat Tuesday) is March 8, and many area groups will be celebrating with pancake suppers or jambalaya feasts. Of course, the spring equinox is March 20. Hopefully, you will find ways to enjoy March. It is the cusp month between winter and spring and always busy.

Please visit us at Body Balance II if you have a chance. We'd love to see you. Until then, please enjoy the weather and this issue of Warp and Weft.

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Recipes for Sweet Marjoram

Constipation Relief Blend: Blend 1 drop Black Pepper EO, 1 drop Lavender EO, and 1 drop Sweet Marjoram EO with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or lotion. Massage back, neck and shoulders and then give a gentle massage over the lower abdomen using clockwise circular movements for several minutes.

Migraine Relief Blend Blend: 2 drops Lavender EO, 2 drops Sweet Marjoram EO, and 1 drop Peppermint EO with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or lotion. Firmly massage the upper back, neck and shoulders and especially target the occipital bones at the base of the skull and the temples (Don't get in the eyes!). You can also leave out the carrier oil and put 1 drop of each oil on a tissue and inhale.

Uplifting Blend: Put 3 drops Sweet Fennel EO, 4 drops Lemon EO, and 3 drops Sweet Marjoram EO into a tablespoon of water. Place in the top of the vaporizer or diffuser. This blend lifts the spirits and aids mental clarity.

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