The body has a built-in need for activation. The lymph system, for example, bathes every cell, carrying nutrients to the cell and waste products away. Yet the lymph is totally dependent on physical exercise to move. Without adequate movement, the cells are left stewing in their own waste products and starving for nutrients, a situation that contributes to arthritis, cancer and other degenerative diseases. Vigorous exercise such as rebounding [jumping on a therapeutic mini-trampoline] is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times. Also, bones become stronger with exercise.
Vertical motion workouts such as rebounding are much different and much more beneficial and efficient than horizontal motion workouts, such as jobbing or running.
The lymph fluid moves through channels called “vessels” that are filled with one-way valves, so it always moves in the same direction. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, up the arms and up the torso. This is why the vertical up-and-down movement of rebounding is so effective to pump the lymph.
The rebounding motion stimulates all internal organs, moves the cerebral-spinal fluid and the aqueous fluid within the eyes (many people claim improved eyesight), and does wonders for the intestines. Many immune cells such as T-lymphocytes and macrophages are self-propelled by amoebic action. Theses cells contain molecules identical to those in muscle tissue. All cells in the body become stronger in response to the increased G-force during rebounding, and this cellular exercise results in the self-propelled immune cells being up to five times more active. The job description of these cells includes eating viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells, so it is good that they be active. This exercise directly strengthens the immune system.
Rebounding is an exercise that reduces your body fat; firms your legs, thighs, abdomen, arms, and hips; increases your agility; and improves your sense of balance. Rebounding strengthens your muscles overall, provides and aerobic effect for your heart, rejuvenates your body when it’s tired, and generally puts you in a state of health and fitness.
Jumping on a rebounder is remarkably gentle on the joints. Some benefits of rebounding include:
By working against constant gravitational pressure while bounding, you resist Earth’s pull. Your resistance is subtle, but it builds cellular strength.
The lymphatic system is the metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids you of toxins such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous wastes, infectious viruses, heavy metals, and other assorted junk cast off by the cells. The movement performed in rebounding provides the stimulus for a free-flowing system that drains away these potential poisons.
Unlike the arterial system, the lymphatic system does not have its own pump. It has no heart muscle to move the fluid around through its lymph vessels. There are just three ways to activate the flow of lymph away from the tissues it serves and back into the main pulmonary circulation. Lymphatic flow requires internal massage to the valves of lymph ducts. Rebounding supplies all three methods of removing waste products from the cells and from the body.
When you rebound, you are helping your cells metabolize, cleanse and renew, and you are helping your lymph system to pump and drain out the body’s waste. The cardiovascular hydraulics benefit too. Linda Brooks, author of Rebounding for Health: “Lymph is moved like a hydraulic pressure system . . . The lymph tubes are filled with one-way valves that only open up, or allow drainage toward the center of the body. When pressure below the valve is greater than above (as when you are moving downward on the rebounder) the valves are forced open so the fluid can flow.” There are only three ways for the lymph system to “pump” and cleanse: exercise, which helps muscular contraction; massage (via movement) of the musculature or tissues it serves to get it to pump back into the pulmonary circulation; and gravitational pressure with its resultant internal massage. Rebounding, remarkably, provides all three ways of removing waste from the cells.
Rebounding flushes the lymph, the toxic substances that the body is always rounding up from its normal processes, such as food wastes and environmental pollutants, before they can form new waste by-products. Dr. Walker sums it up: “[During rebounding] arterial blood enters the capillaries in order to furnish the cells with fresh tissue fluid containing food and oxygen. The bouncing motion moves and recycles the lymph and the entire blood supply through the circulatory system many times during the course of the rebounding session.”
The feature of rebounding that sets it apart from all other exercises is that half of the time you do it you are not opposing gravity! When you are bounced upward by the springs and mat of the quality rebounder, your body is not being pulled by gravity. Because of this action each cell in the body and brain receives a positive stress. And the joy of it is that you don’t have to exert yourself to get these benefits. The eldest of the elderly can do this, as well and the handicapped person, and the arthritic, by doing a very gentle, 2-3 minute “health bounce”. What is the “health bounce”?
Essentially the “health bounce” is a 2-3 minute session on a rebounder in which you bounce gently. Your feet do not need to leave the mat. You simply bounce, and the gentle bounce alone is enough to stimulate your immune and cardiovascular systems. Linda Brooks, who studied with Al Carter, the “Father of Reboundology,” writes about clients in her rebounding workshops who healed from cancerous tumors by adding rebounding sessions of 2-3 minutes of each hour in the day. These clients also changed their diets by using many vegetables and fruits, which helped purify the lymph system, and healthy fats; they drank only pure water, which helped flush the toxins; and they had a positive attitude.
Why health bounce for 2-3 minutes of each hour? Because the white blood cell count triples in number during the bounce, removing toxins and wastes from the body. Within an hour the white blood cell count returns to normal, so “health bouncing every waking hour,” says Brooks, “keeps the white blood cell count optimal in the body, and it keeps the lymph moving.”