Lymphatic Massage – Wellness

Introduction – Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage is a type of massage which helps in aiding the body for elimination of wastes and toxins.  It also has many benefits for the body, such as weight loss and reduction in the amount of cellulite. 

The Lymphatic System:

The lymphatic system is one of the main waste elimination channels in the body.  The other channels are the skin, lungs, kidneys and bowels. It also gives major contribution in the absorption of nutrients from digestion into the tissues. The lymphatic system clears various toxins, unwanted proteins, and waste products which cannot be removed by any other means.

The lymphatic system has various functions which include:

  1. Transport of toxins out of the body’s interstitial spaces
  2. Transport of lymphocytes and hormones throughout the body
  3. Filtrationof harmful substances and bacteria
  4. Maintenance of the body fluid balance
  5. Recovery of substances that have escaped into the body.

The Lymphatic Massage:

As the lymphatic system has no pump, its functions are dependent upon muscle contractions, diaphragmatic breathing, and body movements.  It is common to develop a sluggish flow of lymph.  Some causes of this include inactivity, consuming the wrong foods and drinks, and inability to drink enough water.

In the lymphatic massage technique, the circulation of lymph is stimulated in order to speed up the removal of waste from the body.  It is also helpful for the nervous system as it reduces sympathetic nervous activity and facilitates para-sympathetic activity. The massage stimulates the defenses of the immune system and increases the flow and volume of the lymph fluid. This technique involves the use of gentle, rhythmic strokes and pumping movements towards the direction of the lymph nodes on the given area of the body.

Lymphatic massage is helpful for various ailments such as scars, stress, cellulite, stretch marks, detoxification, chronic fatigue syndrome, overweight, arthritis, neurological disorders, pregnancy and chronic pain.

Other conditions in which lymphatic massage can be helpful include:

  1. Frequent cold and flu infections
  2. Headache and migraine
  3. Menstrual cramps
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Mood irregularities
  6. Depression
  7. Acne

Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

The benefits of lymphatic massage include:

  1. Improved circulation, which in turn increases the metabolic rate
  2. Helpin weight loss
  3. Reduction in fluid retention
  4. Elimination of toxins
  5. Reducing cellulite in the body
  6. Improved immunity
  7. Helping with sinus congestion and allergies
  8. Fibromyalgia
  9. Hormonal imbalances

Deep Lymphatic Massage

Many degenerative diseases are related to imbalances or poor functioning of the lymphatic system.  If these imbalances are not corrected, the lymphatic system may not properly remove waste and toxic materials. The toxic material starts to build up in the body’s tissues, eventually leading to many diseases.

Lymphatic massage helps to unblock the lymph system by manually cleansing the lymph drainage in a clockwise fashion.
Deep lymphatic massage is used to clear all of the lymphatic vessels throughout the body. These include the superficial, mid, and deep vessels, which have become congested by trauma. 

Many conditions respond well to deep lymphatic massage.However, it is especially good for people wishing to prevent problems in the future. It should not be used for patients who are pregnant, have epilepsy, or have appendicitis.

A lymphatic Massage Session:

Lymphatic massage treatments generally require about 30 to 90 minutes.  It is performed on a massage table, and the client undresses to an extent that they are comfortable with.  Sheets and blankets are used to protect modesty. After this, light and rhythmic strokes are used in the massage. Massage oil is generally used. After completion of massage, the practitioner leaves the room to allow the client to redress.  The practitioner also gives some tips on exercises that will continue to assist in lymphatic drainage at home.

The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage helps to unblock the lymph system by manually cleansing the lymph drainage in a clockwise fashion.Performing lymphatic massage correctly can stimulate the opening of the draining lymphatic and increases the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times.

Safety of lymphatic Massage:

For the most part lymphatic massage is safe. However, as with all massage therapies there are some contra-indications. For lymphatic massage, these include acute inflammation, malignant tumors, thrombosis and major heart diseases.

For achieving the best results from a lymphatic massage, a suitably trained and qualified therapist is critically important.

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This article is not medical advice nor a substitute to professional health advice. Always consult a doctor.


 

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