What is Body Ballancer?
Slip into Body Ballancer’s patented inflating compression garments, lie back and enjoy a wonderfully relaxing or invigorating massage.
The Body Ballancer® uses patent protected inflating compression garments to apply a gentle or firm massage. Each garment contains 24 individual air chambers that overlap to apply fluent compression strokes that target every inch of the treated area.
This massage motion, with its specific direction of flow from the base of the limb to the torso, increases circulation and gently but thoroughly decongests the problem areas of hips, thighs, buttocks (Ballancer® pants) and upper arms (Ballancer® jacket).
The Body Ballancer® action accelerates the removal of waste products and excess fluid via the lymphatic system, reducing the appearance of cellulite, improving skin tone, and reducing volume in areas affected by excess fluid retention whilst Its gentle, rhythmic action promotes relaxation whilst boosting immune system function.
What is lymphatic drainage massage?
The lymphatic system depends on muscle contraction and deep breathing to remove fluid and toxins from our body. But lymphatic drainage massage is another important way to keep the system running smoothly.
Less well-known in the UK, lymphatic drainage is a specialised form of massage used widely in Europe, the Far East and other parts of the world to improve lymphatic flow.
How is it different to ordinary massage?
By ‘ordinary’ massage, people tend to be referring to aromatherapy, sports massage, Swedish massage or any of the other – often quite exotic-sounding – massages available today in salons and spas.
With these massages, a therapist is usually working on the muscles, and will often need to use deep massage techniques to reach the muscular layer. Lymphatic drainage massage, however, is targeting the delicate lymphatic vessels and nodes that sit just below the skin, which only require very light pressure in order to move fluid through.
What this means is that if you suffer from water retention, bloating, cellulite or poor skin tone, using traditional massage may not give you what you are looking for.
Is lymphatic drainage massage new?
Lymphatic drainage massage was first promoted as a therapy in the 1930s by Dr Emil Vodder for treating the symptoms of sinusitis and chronic colds. He discovered that working on the swollen lymph nodes on the face and neck of his patients had a dramatic effect in decongesting the sinuses, eliminating inflammation and in many cases reducing headaches, migraines and even improving facial blemishes.
He expanded his study of lymphatic drainage massage to cover the lymphatic vessels and organs of the entire body, discovering both health and aesthetic benefits.
The importance of lymphatic health
The lymphatic system sits alongside your body’s cardiovascular system, quietly helping to look after your health. Its function and the vital role it plays in preventative health is widely recognised by doctors in Europe and the Far East, but less so in the UK.
The reason the lymphatic system is so important is because it performs three critical functions:
- It supports your immune system by removing toxins, dead blood cells, pathogens and other waste.
- It helps your body absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins from your digestive system, delivering these nutrients to cells where they’re used as fuel.
- It removes excess fluid – known as ‘lymph’ – and waste products from the spaces between the cells and organs of the body.
If a healthy lymphatic system becomes compromised due to illness or a poor lifestyle, this can lead to a range of issues, including tissue swelling, poor skin tone, excess weight, cellulite, headaches, joint pain, fatigue and greater susceptibility to illness.
What is immunity?
Immunity is the body’s ability to resist illness and damage from undesirables such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and moulds.
Your body has a number of methods for preventing these nasties from entering the body, or stopping them from taking hold if they do.
Hair, skin and mucus membranes all act as a line of defence, as do chemicals in our body – such as the hydrochloric acid that lines our stomach, which stops harmful germs and toxins entering our intestines. We also have antibodies that attack and destroy all invaders in a general way, paying no heed to what those bacteria or viruses are.
All these defences are known as ‘non-specific immunity’, but our clever bodies also have ‘specific immunity’. Your specific immune system is triggered when a pathogen has managed to outmanoeuvre the non-specific immune system obstacles.
When this happens, your body now requires a precise and targeted response against the invader, carried out by the highly specialised white blood cells known as lymphocytes.
The role of the lymphatic system
The lymphatic and immune systems are interconnected to such a degree that a number of lymphoid organs are also the main sites of your body’s defence, specifically the bone marrow, spleen, thymus and lymph nodes. As mentioned earlier, it’s in the bone marrow that the specialist infection-busting lymphocytes are produced before heading off into the bloodstream and lymph nodes to await their call to battle.
This call will frequently come from the vast collection of lymphatic capillaries and vessels, sometimes referred to as the ‘transport network’ of the immune system due to its critical role in mobilising the body’s specific and non-specific defences.
Lymphatic fluid entering this network is filtered through the lymph nodes. Any unwanted invaders picked up by the lymph – be they bacteria, viruses or dead-cell waste – will be engulfed and digested in the lymph nodes. This activity can be so vigorous in the face of a significant infection that the nodes – or ‘glands’ – can become swollen, something most of us have experienced from time to time.
Should any passing invaders – which can include cancer cells – jog the memory of any resident lymphocytes, they’ll trigger a specific immune reaction and the lymphocytes will reproduce in large numbers, leaving the lymph nodes to be transported via the lymphatic fluid to other parts of the body to continue their immune response functions.
10 top facts about the lymphatic system
- It’s the least understood and most undervalued of all the body systems, yet if it stopped working we’d die within 24-48 hours!
- It’s around twice the size of the blood-circulation system and manages almost double the volume of fluid daily.
- Lymph fluid starts its life as plasma; the watery component that makes up over half our blood volume.
- There are between 400 and 800 lymph nodes in the body that constantly monitor and filter the lymph to remove toxins, waste and pathogens.
- Swelling of the lymph nodes (or glands) in your neck are an indication that the body is in the throes of fighting an infection.
- The lymphatic system been described as the ‘distribution network’ of the immune system and works seamlessly alongside it to fight bacteria, viruses and any other undesirables that make their way into the body.
- Far from being a useless, dead-end tube, the appendix has recently been discovered to be an important part of the lymphatic system.
- Your gut is lined with millions of lymphatic vessels (called lacteals) that absorb the fats and fatty acids you ingest and transport them directly to the heart, where they enter the circulatory system as fuel.
- The lymphatic system is considered to be the most important body system in Ayurvedic medicine, which considers it to be the ‘water of life’.
- Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system is a one-way street with no pump, relying on movement, gravity and breathing to keep it flowing.