One of the benefits of massage therapy we often talk about is how regular massage helps to detoxify the body. But how does it do this exactly?
Movement equals life. And massage therapy encourages movement of blood, fluid, and oxygen throughout the body. One of the major ways we do this is by focusing on the lymphatic system.
What Is The Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system has three major functions: maintaining the balance of fluid in the body, aiding in the digestive system, and supporting our immune system.
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, the lymphatic or lymph system involves an extensive network of vessels that passes through our tissues to allow for the movement of a fluid called lymph. Every day, around two liters of fluid from our cardiovascular system enters into our tissue. The lymph system collects this fluid, sending it to our lymph nodes where it’s filtered. Here it becomes activated to fight off infection and defend our body.
What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of massage that encourages fluid to flow freely throughout the lymph nodes or drain built up fluid in these areas. It involves gentle, non-invasive movements on various areas of the body, practiced in a rhythmic motion. The continuous, light-pressure motion forces stagnant fluid to release, restoring proper function in your tissues.
Certain essential oils can be used to support the lymph nodes during your treatment. Frankincense is known for boosting overall wellness but when applied topically, it can increase the production of cytokines which can stimulate immune cells to fight off pathogens. Peppermint may also be used to reduce inflammation. If you have swollen nodes, peppermint can be applied topically to soothe this discomfort. Diffusing citrus based oils are also great for boosting the immune system, purifying the air, and promoting your body’s ability to heal. *Remember, do your research and educate yourself on oils if using at home to avoid injury.
Who Is A Candidate For Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Fluid retention can happen for many reasons. It is very common after surgery or injury, but illness, lack of physical activity, or stress can cause your body to become stagnant as well. Anyone who has a job where they sit or stand long hours during the day or other physically inactive individuals are great candidates.
As part of the immune system, this type of therapy is a wonderful way to avoid sickness. While there can benefits year-round, practicing regular lymph drainage massage during the winter months can help maintain your health while warding off illness.
The hands of time can sometimes be our worst enemy as skin begins to thin and wrinkle. Lymph drainage can actually help slow the aging process and boost collagen production. Especially when practiced on the face, lymph drainage can reduce puffiness and help promote more supple skin overtime. Read more about our exclusive anti-aging facial massage here.
Wondering if lymphatic drainage massage therapy is right for you? Our team of experienced massage therapists are here to answer your questions. As always, it’s best to consult your doctor before receiving a massage if you have a serious medical condition.
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