What is Lymphatic Drainage?
It is a specialised therapy, which is designed to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system. This is primarily achieved through gentle, rhythmical circling movements of the skin, which stimulate the contractions of the lymphatic vessels. Techniques are performed with hands and fingers using a light-touch, which is simulating, gentle, through a wave-like movement. The subtle manual manoeuvres activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. A well-functioning lymph system contributes to healthy body tissue and plays an important part in the body’s immune system responses.
Why it works?
Because the lymphatic system is so important to keeping your immune system working properly, improving its flow and drainage around the body can benefit you in many ways. Lymphatic drainage massage can have a profound effect on your general health:Boosts weight lossReduces water retentionHelps your body fight infection and speed up healing and recovery from illnessIs a popular and effective treatment for celluliteManual lymphatic drainage can be used in the treatment of lymphoedema.
How it works?
This massage treatment takes place in a heated room as warmth is an important factor in increasing lymphatic flow. Also the warmth helps to relax you. Lymph drainage massage is given on a massage table, and you will be draped in discreetly-placed towels. The therapist will generally work their way up from your feet unless any specialist requirements are being adhered to.
Lymph drainage massage uses very light pressure, as well as long, gentle, rhythmic strokes and soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes (the main lymph nodes are situated in the neck, armpits, and groin).