The body becomes prone to infections and diseases when the lymphatic system is not working at its optimal level. There are a lot of factors that can lead to your lymphatic system to become blocked, causing reduced circulation and slowed immune response. These include lack of exercise, a diet rich in processed foods, not drinking enough water, exposure to toxins and pollutants, and poor posture.
The lymphatic system has no pump (like the heart) to push lymph fluid around. Instead, it relies on breathing and other bodily movements to transfer lymph fluid. Once the lymphatic flow slows down or becomes blocked, bacteria and viruses get the chance to multiply and attack the body. A lymphatic drainage massage has been developed in an attempt to tackle this problem and provide lasting relief to persons suffering from a variety of complaints such as fatigue, muscle pain, and post-surgery edema.
How the lymphatic drainage massage works
A lymphatic drainage massage is a type of gentle, full-body massage that helps free the stagnated lymphatic system, allowing lymphatic fluids to drain smoothly back towards the heart. Lymphatic nodes that filter lymphatic fluids and produce germ-fighting lymphocytes are situated all over the body. A massage will begin in the neck area, where a large percentage of the lymph nodes are found, and then work its way down the body’s lymphatic system, stopping in the armpit, chest, abdomen, groin, and back. The intention here is to create a path for the free flow of the lymph fluid.
This massage requires a very light touch, as too much pressure will only serve to squeeze and close the very vessels to be cleared. Lymphatic drainage massage focuses on encouraging a healthy lymph flow through a series of specific strokes and patterns within the lymphatic system, which in turn reduces swelling and purges the body of harmful bacteria. Since relaxation improves lymph manipulation, the therapist might dim the lights, play soothing music, and diffuse essential oils.
- regenerates tissues and reduces scarring after surgery
- reduces lymphedema, a chronic and long term condition that leads to swelling in body tissues
- reduces pain levels in the body
- rejuvenates anyone feeling tired and low on energy, or struggling to recover after illness
- is incorporated in the care program for fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome as it is well tolerated by these patients, who are often experiencing sore trigger points throughout the body.
Additional Help For Tuning Up the Lymphatic System
- Exercise, especially yoga, will greatly improve the way your lymphatic system is working
- Drinking extra water will help in keeping the body well hydrated
- Adding fennel or celery or parsley to other fruits and vegetables, for their diuretic effect