The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to your body's ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues, the filtration of toxins and foreign substances, and in maintaining a healthy immune system. When the lymph circulation stagnates - due to fatigue, stress, lack of physical activity, emotional shock, cold temperatures, infections, substantial swelling, age, chemicals or food additives - fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is significantly compromised.
The lymph system can be described as hundreds of small streams converging to form a river that flows to the sea. Lymph drainage massage removes tiny blockages in the streams so that the fluid can flow freely towards its destination. Imagine that the work is smoothing the stream beds, coaxing rocks and other debris out of the way, and straightening the twists and bends to make the stream flow more easily. Slow lymph function can be compared to honey, (or cold maple syrup); it's heavy and thick. Lymphatic massage helps to liquefy it to move smoothly with increased circulation.
As the lymph vessels are located just under the skin and above the muscle, this hands-on therapy involves very light, subtle maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of the lymphatic flow. It is deeply relaxing, and can prove to be beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions, as well as a useful tool in preventive health maintenance. A wide range of practitioners are using Lymph Drainage Therapy including: medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, bodyworkers and estheticians.
Applications & Benefits
Function of Lymph Nodes
- Filtration and purification for the lymph circulation
- Capture and destroy toxins of the body
- Production of lymphocytes (production increases when the flow of lymph is increased through the nodes, enabling the body to fight infections and bacteria)
Lymph Drainage Therapy
- Activates lymph function and circulation
- Assists in reducing edema (swelling)
- Stimulates the immune system
- Induces the relaxation response in the nervous system
Benefits of LDT
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality
- Reduction in swelling – injury, post-surgical, or water retention
- Alleviation of adipose & cellulite tissues
- Regeneration of skin tissue, including burns, scars, wrinkles and stretch marks
- Relief from chronic inflammation, e.g. sinusitis, bronchitis, acne and allergies
- Reduction in symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome & fibromyalgia
Hydrates the skin, nurtures wrinkles, removes toxins, regenerates skin tissue, helps reduce acne, tones skin and relaxes facial muscles
Surgery (oral, facial, liposuction and reconstructive):
Pre-Surgery - Prepares the tissue for the intervention, drains the tissue and clears the lymph passages to reduce post-surgical swelling.
Post-surgery - Promotes efficient healing and reduces swelling.
Improves the condition of muscles before and after strenuous activities or workouts - beneficial in clearing waste and lactic acid in the tissue. Helps muscle spasms, cramps, pain, scars, and sprains.
Headaches, migraines, PMS, allergies, asthma, whiplash, rheumatoid arthritis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, stress ulcers, cellulite, swelling in hands and feet as well as numerous other conditions.