Why does movement help when you’re not feeling well? Well, muscle contraction supports the immune system’s ability to move lymph throughout your body. Lymph is the fluid that carries essential immune system elements like white blood cells and cellular waste, Stephen Clark, DPT, physical therapist and clinic director at Confluent Health, previously told Well + Good. However, your lymphatic system doesn’t have the heart to pump lymph, so moving your body more than you usually might encourage more lymph movement. This can, in turn, help your body balance out its fluids, fight your illness, and improve your mood.
But don’t worry, Furgeson keeps your overall energy level in mind. You’ll start by lying on the floor and breathing deeply. She also reminds you to take it slow and steady throughout this practice. This 20-minute flow consists of small movements like raising and lowering your feet as you lay on the floor, stretching your arm, and gentle torso stretching.
You wrap up the session with hero pose, hopefully feeling a bit more energized and collected than you did when you started. Ready for recharge and reset? Bring yourself, your stuffy nose, and your mat—and let Ferguson lead the way.
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