What is lymphatic drainage massage and how could it help you? Sandra Abrahams has written this piece for us to gain a better understanding:
The Science Bit ….
The lymphatic system plays an instrumental role in protecting us from infection and disease. This network of tissues and organs is part of the body’s immune system and assists in removing toxins, waste and other unwanted materials from the body.
The principal function of the lymphatic system is the transportation of lymph; a fluid containing the white blood cells that are essential for fighting infections throughout the body. Lymph fluid passes through lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes, with the latter filtering the lymph.
You have around twice as many lymph vessels as blood vessels in your body. However, unlike blood, which is pumped around by your heart, the lymph system has no pump. The pressure from your blood vessels and movement from your muscles push the lymphatic fluid around.
How can Lymphatic Drainage Massage help …..
Lymphatic drainage massage can have a beneficial effect on your general health. As lymph is key to keeping your immune system working properly, improving the flow and drainage of lymph around the body is good for you in lots of ways.
Many people presume that to detox their bodies, they need to just focus on their diets, but by including massage in a regular routine can help towards achieving a full body detox, and encourage the tissue to release excess fluid.
Lymphatic drainage can:
- Help your body fight off infection and speed up healing and recovery from illness
- Help reduce water retention in feet, legs and fingers – your tissue may feel cold which is a sign that cells are waterlogged and inhibiting the blood supply
- Boost weight loss, as improving the lymphatic system will improve your metabolic rate, which helps you burn calories more efficiently.
- Help to alleviate the symptoms of lymphoedema
- Reduce puffiness
- Reduce cellulite by increasing blood flow and circulation to the affected areas, helping the body break down the toxins causing dimply skin.
The treatment …
Lymphatic drainage massage usually takes place in a heated room; warmth is an important factor in increasing lymphatic flow. It is a therapeutic massage treatment, using a variety of strokes of light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes as well as pumping movements to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins and fluid retention in your body.
Beginning with the clearance of the drainage points in the stomach and right shoulder, the massage then works from the extremities of the feet or hands back towards the stomach using the full range of movements.
Aftercare Advice …
Lymphatic drainage can leave you feeling exhausted. It is recommended that you incorporate a very undemanding schedule for the rest of the day. Give your body time to ease back into activity. It is best to drink plenty of water, as the massage has released toxins from the body and water will flush everything from your system.
Going forward it is recommended that you keep the water habit and incorporate gentle exercise to encourage your newly invigorated system to do what should come naturally!
Think this therapy could help you? Contact us to book an appointment with Sandra Abrahams at The Terrace on 01823 338968. You can view Sandra’s details here: