Basically, lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. This technique is known for its ability to detoxify the body: the lymph nodes hold onto pollution found in our water, air, and food. The purpose of lymphatic drainage massage is to accelerate the drainage of lymph via the liver.
Why is this massage getting more and more popular?
We can cite a lack of sleep, stress, sedentary lifestyle, dirty city air and poor nutrition as major challenges to healthy lymph function. The lymphatic drainage massage stimulates lymph movement to avoid “a swamp of fluids – like still water” in our bodies. Stimulating your body’s lymph nodes gives your body’s natural detox process a boost, reducing bloating and promoting a sense of wellbeing.
First, a little reminder: what is the Lymphatic System? The lymphatic system is made up of vessels, nodes, and lymph glands. It carries nutrients and waste material between the body tissues and the blood. However, unlike the heart, the center of the body’s other circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump. As a result, it relies on the breath and other movement to drain lymph. For most of us, the body is perfectly capable of draining itself. But sickness, poor diet, lack of physical activity, and other issues can compromise the system, resulting in a need for assisted lymphatic drainage.
Health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can cause swelling. This condition is called lymphedema.
Who can benefit from lymphatic drainage massages?
The massage technique is effective for pain relief, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions (such as acne and rosacea), cellulite, allergies, headaches, and a long list of other issues. It’s also being used following cosmetic surgery to reduce swelling and flush byproducts of anesthesia out of the body. This treatment can manage seasonal allergies, detoxification, and jet lag. It can also reduce general stress and even create a facial rejuvenation.
The lymphatic drainage facial is highly recommended for acne, couperose and general congestion of the lymphatic system (bags under the eyes and a range of skin irritations). With regular treatment, the symptoms of a congested lymphatic system can be dramatically reduced, improving the skin’s appearance.
However, people should not have a lymphatic massage if they have congestive heart failure, blood clots, kidney problems, infections. If a person has any medical conditions, they should talk to a doctor before trying a lymphatic massage.
The lymphatic drainage massage’s focus on detox and purification revitalizes your energy, leaving you feeling ready to face anything!
Keep your fluid moving!
Besides your Lymphatic Drainage massage to maintain your wellness routine:
1- Hydrate and eat well
Staying hydrated ensures your lymphatic system has the fluids it needs to flush toxins into your kidneys and liver so that they can be expelled from the body. Certain herbs like turmeric, garlic, citrus and ginger boost the Lymphatic System for Improved Health, also the leafy greens and nuts and seeds.
Don’t rely on foods alone. Getting a cardiovascular workout for at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week, can be very supportive to the lymphatic system by helping to stimulate movement in stagnant fluids. Muscle activity plays a role in bringing lymph (from other parts of the body) back to the drainage points.
3- Dry brush
Dry-brushing in the morning, start at your feet and brush upward toward the heart.
If you have any question about lymphatic drainage massage, or if you would like to schedule a treatment, please contact us today.