The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

massage_wellnessThe lymphatic system is an important element of the immune system. Lymph, the extracellular fluid that collects and transports everything that the blood can’t take along, needs to constantly move towards the lymph nodes so that viruses and bacteria may be detected and destroyed by white blood cells.

When the lymphatic system is working optimally it improves cellular health and keeps the body healthy.

However, if lymph flow is interrupted you may feel sluggish, bloated and heavy or you may experience head congestion, headaches, dizziness, vertigo, digestive issues and unresolved swelling.

The general purpose of lymphatic massage is to improve the drainage of lymph from tissue spaces in the body while simultaneously helping to reduce scarring and acute edema caused by injury and procedures such as lumpectomy or mastectomy surgery.

If you’ve enjoyed deeper massage treatments in the past, you might be surprised to learn that lymphatic drainage massage is most successful when light pressure, in a specific direction, is applied. The majority of the lymph vessels, approximately 70%, are right under the surface of the skin on top of the muscles. When too much pressure is used, the vessels become compressed and unable to empty.

Many people report lymphatic massage to be both comforting and therapeutic as the process works to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, decreases heart rate and relax the entire system. Expect to experience a light, clear and overall relaxed feeling after receiving a professional lymphatic massage treatment.

To request an appointment or to learn more about Lymphatic Drainage Massage, please contact us today!

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