A therapeutic massage treatment that uses very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in your body.
Lymphatic Massage is commonly referred to as lymphatic drainage. Both names refer to a gentle, rhythmical massage designed to stimulate the circulation of lymph fluid around the body. The lymph system is part of your body’s immune system and helps fight infection. Lymph itself is a clear, slightly yellow fluid. It transports nutrients and oxygen to cells, collecting toxins on the way and flushing them out through the lymph nodes. You have around twice as many lymph vessels as blood vessels in your body. But, 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.
By reducing the volume of retained fluid and the pressure associated, lymphatic massage can reduce the risk of impeded circulation. This increases your circulatory system’s capacity to rapidly move out retained fluids and any toxic waste build ups. Lymphatic massage improves circulation, increases your metabolic rate, and is thought to provide a major boost to your immune system. It has also been shown to be very beneficial in post-operative conditions that affect your lymphatic systems (such as post-mastectomy) and reducing swelling.
Good to know!
- This is generally not a painful therapy, though some discomfort may be experienced depending on the level of fluid retention in the skin.
- Post treatment, you may be recommended compression garments, tips on exercises, self-massage and compression bandaging which will assist in the lymphatic drainage process.