Why incorporate lymphatic drainage massage into your wellness routine
You may have noticed an increase of people incorporating lymphatic drainage massage into their wellness and wellbeing routine in the past few months. As we build up toxins in our bodies during daily life, lymphatic drainage massage is a relaxing way to detoxify our bodies. I love lymphatic massage. Stimulating the lymphatic system in my body with a few gentle strokes, I notice that my skin is healthier, fatigue is gone replaced by a boost of energy.
What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system helps to fight infections and diseases, removes toxins and unwanted materials from the body and skin, and maintains the body’s fluid balance. Part of our immunity and blood circulatory system, the lymphatic system structure consists of lymphatic fluid, nodes, and vessels, tissues and organs.
“When the lymph flow becomes stagnant, a fluid containing these toxins builds up in your body, leaving you feeling sluggish, achy and more susceptible to flu and cold.”
When the lymph flow becomes stagnant, a fluid containing these toxins builds up in your body, leaving you feeling sluggish, achy and more susceptible to flu and cold. More serious conditions, such as Infections, cancer or lymphedema, can be the result of the lymphatic system not working properly.
How does the lymphatic system work?
The blood plasma carries oxygen and nutrients to our cell tissue, then returns to our bloodstream, leaving a small percentage of fluid behind. This fluid, called lymph, is clear and slightly yellow and contains toxins that blood plasma collected on the way to cell tissues. Lymphatic vessels, connected to hundreds of lymph nodes all over our body, carry the lymph to the lymph nodes for filtering. The lymphatic system also produces infection-fighting white blood cells with antibodies and transport them throughout the body. So it is the lymphatic system that keeps us healthy.
The lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump in our body like the heart in our circulatory system. The transportation of lymph is relying on muscle contraction and the valves preventing the lymph fluid from flowing back.
“Lymphatic massage stimulates lymph flow and removal of waste material, effectively improving the skin’s condition, detoxifying the body, and promoting the natural healing process.”
What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage?
Manual lymphatic drainage massage gets lymph flow moving and promotes the natural healing process, improving our immune system and overall wellbeing. Lymphatic drainage massage can:
Remove toxins from the body
Fight infections and diseases
Speed up the natural healing process
Reduce swelling and minimize puffiness as it helps remove excess water
Clear pores promoting smoother and healthier skin
What is the lymphatic drainage massage technique?
Find time for yourself and incorporate massage into your wellness routine. Lymphatic system self-massage is a simple technique, using long strokes with a light pressure to stimulate the lymph flow, encourage natural detoxification and reduce extra fluid.
The lymphatic drainage massage steps:
Find a room where you can relax.
Practice deep breathing during the lymphatic drainage massage.
It's better if you are warm as your muscles are more flexible. If you are feeling cold, you can practice the self-massage in a shower, using one of our Invigorating Body Brush which is also suitable for wet use.
Use light pressure on your skin - the lymph vessels are located closely under the skin so too much pressure will only compress them. And we don’t want that.
Use your palms or a soft dry body brush to stimulate the lymphatic vessels.
Start at your feet, then slowly move towards the heart and the lymph nodes located mainly around the neck, armpits and groin.
Gently massage from the hip upwards to the underarm on each side.
When around the neck, start massaging toward the lymph nodes located in your underarms.
And don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
Dry brushing for the lymphatic system
It is easy to practice lymphatic drainage massage as part of a body brushing routine. Instead of using your palms, use a dry body brush to stimulate the lymphatic vessels, or a wet body brush for massage in a shower or bath. You will not only help to activate your lymph flow, but you will enjoy plenty of other beauty and wellbeing benefits that body brushing offers.
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