The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

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.

 When the lymph system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong defense against illness. When it’s sluggish or blocked—say after surgery or an injury—we can have swelling, feel tired, and be more susceptible to colds. Massage therapists versed in lymphatic drainage therapy, an advanced form of lymphatic massage, can identify the rhythm, direction, and quality of the lymphatic flow and remap drainage pathways.

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.

Potential Benefits of the lymphatic drainage massage
  • 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
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Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

Breast Cancer Authority

Massage Therapy For Breast Cancer PatientsWhat is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a manual method of working on body’s soft tissues, deep muscles, various pressure points, tendons and ligaments using several techniques and applying fixed and movable pressure, to help relieve stress, promote healing and relaxation. The massage is performed by a professional who uses their hands and fingers to handle different muscles by making various movements like pressing and rubbing. All of these techniques are quite advantageous for the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems of the body. Owing to these great benefits, massage therapy for cancer patients is now becoming common.

One of the oldest method of healing, massage therapy, is a clinically oriented health care option, now used widely as a complementary treatment for cancer patients. Massage therapy helps people suffering from cancer by eliminating anxiety, boosting the immunity, and diminishing tiredness and pain. Various modalities of massage therapy are employed for…

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What is Pink Therapy?

What is Pink Therapy you ask?

Well basically, I wanted to create a place where I could share my knowledge and experiences about the things I’ve learned going through breast cancer, twice, in the last 11 years. I have also been a massage therapist for 14 years, so I wanted to learn how I could help others with what I know. I am currently in a Lymph Drainage Therapy program through the Chikly Institute to become Lymphadema Certified. I will also be getting my Oncology Certification through Greet The Day soon. One step at a time.

Back in 2002, when I was first diagnosed, I was 27 years old. Not really understanding what I was up against, I did everything my oncologist wanted me to do. Lumpectomy, radiation, chemo and Herceptin. Done. I wanted cancer to be OUT of my life and I wanted to move on to the next chapter! So I decided I wanted to have children. Lucky for me, my girls are truly a gift.

Fast forward 9 years, at 36 years of age, I was diagnosed again with breast cancer! What the heck! Same spot, under the scar tissue of the lumpectomy. Who’d of thought? So this time I opted for bilateral mastectomy and had to do chemo once again. Poopy:( I also opted for immediate reconstruction with tissue expanders. Oh what fun! How uncomfortable are those things. So for almost 6 months, I had these hard foobs that I just couldn’t wait to have exchanged for softer foobies.

The pain of the mastectomy was quite unbearable. I have not taken as many pain killers for anything else. Childbirth was far easier! The healing processes is even slower after chemo! Cancer treatment is quite horrific if I might say so! The space where the breast tissue was has to heal and the expanders have to adjust to your body. Sleeping was never very comfortable, to say the least. So I really wanted a massage. Try to find someone that works with breast reconstruction women. Not so easy. I went to a couple of places and I would tell them what I’ve been through and what I needed. They all tried to help, but not so sure. So I went to Earthlite’s website and bought a comfort pillow with breast cut outs, so I could lay face down. My back would spasm quite frequently from all the scar tissue healing in the front and my pectoral muscles being stretched out.  I would bring this pillow with me to my massage and chiropractor appointments. It helped so much in my healing!

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So that brings me to now. I am wanting to share my comfort breast pillow

with other women who are under going breast reconstruction and are needing a massage.

I am also into health and nutrition. I have been making my own fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, beet kvass and kombucha. I’ve been running and rebounding almost daily. In addition to having fun with my girls!

My goal is to be healthier then before cancer! And to feel GOOD all the time:)

So Pink Therapy is basically me sharing my breast cancer experience with you. Been there, done that twice. I am at your service.

Also, I am not limited to just breast cancer patients. My knowledge could benefit many others! Whether it be through therapy or support!

Thanks for reading:)

Humbly Yours,

Julie