Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Feeling puffy or swollen? Retaining fluid or wanting to detoxify your system?
A lymphatic drainage massage will rapidly increase your body’s natural drainage system. You’ll also learn other ways to speed it up.
What is Lymphatic Drainage
Lymphatic drainage is the removal of waste products from the cells in your body, called lymph fluid. There are 4 main ways to drain this fluid, those are:
1) Massage usually done in a circular pattern
2) Taping with a flexible adhesive tape
3) Compression garments worn under clothing
4) Exercise both general and specific to the area
If this fluid builds up it can cause swelling and puffiness, and multiple methods may need to be used to remove it from your body.
What are the benefits a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
If you’re feeling tight, puffy, swollen, clogged up or have water retention then a lymphatic drainage could help relieve you.
What happens during a lymphatic drainage massage?
During a lymphatic drainage massage, the therapist will use light pressure in a circular motion to warm up lymph nodes and watersheds. This allows for the lymph fluid to be process and drained more rapidly. This therapist will then use a pumping motion working from the drainage points first then to the effected areas.
See, your lymphatic system unlike your circulatory system, doesn’t have a heart to pump the fluid around. Instead there are a series of one way valves that allow the fluid to circulate around your body before exiting via your bladder. This is why when you get your lymphatic system drained you’ll likely have to go to the toilet immediately afterwards!
When you get a Lymphatic drainage massage we’ll do 3 things:
- Unclog the main drainage points
- Warm up your lymphatic nodes
- Push lymphatic fluid to the drainage points and out of your body
Who needs a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
You’ll likely need a lymphatic drainage massage if you are:
- Recovering from a cold/virus/infection
- Heavily pregnant
- Recovering from surgery
- Living a sedentary lifestyle
- Recovering from a recent injury
- Over the age of 70
- Having fluctuations in hormones
Is a lymphatic drainage massage safe?
Fortunately for you, the risks of getting a lymphatic drainage massage are quite low. If you do have the beginning of a cold, virus or infection then lymphatic drainage is not advised because it can spread the virus around your body making it more difficult for your body to isolate and eliminate the virus. Occasionally people can feel nauseous and tired for up to two days after receiving a lymphatic drainage massage, and this is mainly the case if you have not received one for a couple of months.
A lymphatic drainage massage is considered a safe treatment but if you have a serious medical condition it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before getting the massage.
How to boost your Lymphatic system naturally
If you want to boost your Lymphatic system then you should know that lymph fluid can be drained by:
- External mechanical forces like massage
- Internal forces like muscular contractions when exercising
If you have swelling try elevating the area and letting gravity naturally drain the fluid away. Also wear a compression garment that tightly hugs the swollen area. And keep moving regularly to keep the lymph fluid circulating.
All these things will help but nothing beats the lightness you’ll feel after getting a quality lymphatic drainage massage…so what are you waiting for?