Lymphatic Drainage Massage
To understand what lymphatic drainage massage is, it’s essential to understand what “lymph” is. Lymph is a colourless fluid that contains white blood cells. It bathes your tissues and drains through the lymphatic system into the bloodstream. It is vital to bodily functions including cellular detoxification, the carrying of fats, and our immune system. When a lymphatic system becomes sluggish, fluids can build up (water retention) in the lymph nodes, and this can result in infection, bloating and increased cellulite.
And while lymphatic drainage massage can be administered to address these issues, it’s also incredibly beneficial for those with lymphedema or lymphatic edema. The common causes of lymphedema are surgery that removes lymph nodes, radiation treatment, cancer, and infection.
What’s involved in lymphatic drainage massage?
Lymphatic drainage massage consists of long, gentle, rhythmic strokes and a pumping motion in the direction of the lymph nodes. The central lymph nodes are in the neck, armpits and groin area. Lymphatic drainage massage often takes place in a warm room, as warmth is a key factor in achieving optimal lymphatic flow.
While lymphatic massage is very relaxing, it can also leave your body feeling exhausted, so it’s a good idea to have the massage done on a day when you can rest.
The benefits of lymphatic drainage massage
There a quite a few things that lymphatic drainage massage can assist with. They include:
- Water retention
- Swelling in the body
- Recovery from surgery
- Digestive issues
Are you ready to revitalize your lymph?
If you’re feeling sluggish, have recently undergone surgery, have water retention or swelling, you may be a candidate for lymphatic drainage massage. Please book an appointment with us today.