May 16, 2011

Skip to the Loo

Continuing with our Absolutely Human series, let's talk about why not only is it normal to have to go to the bathroom after a massage - it's actually a good thing!

Some of the benefits of massage is the support of the circulatory and lymphatic systems of the body. A few functions of the lymphatic system are to transport immune cells, fats, acids and extra interstitial fluid. This fluid is what gets taken to the liver for cleaning and discerning if it is needed in the body. What is not reabsorbed is sent to the kidneys, bladder and eventually the commode. The difference between the way the circulatory system and the lymphatic system keep themselves moving around and around the body is key! The circulatory system has the heart to pump the blood around the body (flowing 60,000 miles per day no less!). The lymphatic system is designed to flow through the body with the help of movement (the more you move your muscles the more the lymph gets pushed along). Also, with the help of some one - way valves along the path - the body prevents lymph from back flowing. Thus, keeping the lymph going in the right direction!

Massage therapy literally aids lymph to move! As it moves, more interstitial fluid flows though the checkpoints (lymph nods) getting inspected by the body's immune system patrol. Then passes along though the liver and kidneys - getting rid of soluble wastes from the bloodstream, as well as excess water, sugars, and a variety of other hormones and chemicals the body just doesn't need anymore. 

So having to skip to the loo after a massage just means that you body is getting a little more self cleaning with your self care!

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