“Seventy percent of these lymph vessels are located directly under the skin. By using very light pressures in a rhythmic, circular motion, a massage therapist can stimulate the lymph system to work more effectively and help retrain the lymph system to work better for more long-term health benefits.“
- Maria Hogan
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The lymphatic system is a secondary system of circulation in the body with the major task of cleaning and nourishing the cells. Without it, we wouldn’t survive. The lymphatic system is the “go-between” from blood circulation to the cells.
Lymph is a clear fluid containing nutrients and oxygen similar to blood. It comes from general circulation and is deposited around the cells to keep them nourished. The cells can discard waste and toxic materials into this fluid. The lymphatic system picks up the waste and any excess fluid from around the cells and transports it, via the lymph nodes, back into the general circulation. It’s a one-way road, so lymph can only ever flow in one direction, away from the cells and towards the heart.
Seventy percent of these lymph vessels are located directly under the skin. By using very light pressures in a rhythmic, circular motion, a massage therapist can stimulate the lymph system to work more effectively and help retrain the lymph system to work better for more long-term health benefits.
When the lymph system is working at its best, we feel healthy and have a strong defense against any illness. When it’s sluggish or blocked, we can experience fatigue, colds, sluggishness, and infections.
Lymph Massage can benefit just about everyone; if you are feeling tired and low energy, or if you feel as if your body is fighting something, Lymphatic massage could do wonders for you.
Some Major Benefits of Lymphatic Massage:
- Detox: After a long period of stress or not eating so well, to boost the immune system.
- Headaches: Especially sinus headaches, lymphatic massage can drain the excess fluid that may be stuck.
- Promote Healing: Works well after surgery or an injury.
- Reduces Swelling: post-travel, arthritis, long term immobility are a few examples.
- Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy: Reduces fluid retention after childbirth and can also increase breastfeeding production.
- Relaxation: This massage is so gentle it can relax anyone.
The Bottom Line
Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit almost anyone and any situation. Come into the spa and book your appointment!
About the Author
Maria Hogan is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist. She graduated with a Masters Degree in acupuncture from the New York College of Health Professions, where she currently is a Professor and Supervisor to students in the Massage Clinic.
Maria is passionate about sharing the healing benefits of Chinese Medicine.
Believing the body should be treated as a whole, she uses many modalities to treat various conditions.