Some of the benefits can be seen almost immediately, with a reduction in swelling, especially around the ankles, and improved skin appearance, especially on the face.
One of the latest buzz phrases is lymphatic drainage. Although this phrase is often used in complimentary health circles, and promoted in the media as a miraculous cure all, what it actually is, and how and why it works are still something of a mystery to most people.
Running through the body alongside the circulatory system is the lymphatic system. This system includes the lymph nodes, or glands, which are located at various points in the body. Some of the better known lymph nodes are located just below the jaw line, and in the arm pits, and can swell up during illness the system also includes bone marrow, the spleen, tonsils, and other organs and tissues.
Not only does the lymphatic system distribute white blood cells around the body, helping to fight invaders such as disease causing bacteria, it also acts as a sewerage system, removing unwanted materials from the body, and this is where the concept of lymphatic drainage comes into play.
Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system has no pump (heart) to keep everything moving. Instead, it relies on things like regular activity and exercise, which, in today’s world is not always possible. With the modern lifestyle favouring inactivity, and the pressures of a stressful routine and processed foods, there is an increased need for the lymphatic system to be given a helping hand to flow effectively through the body, delivering necessary healing and regenerating properties, and removing the poisonous by-products, otherwise known as ‘toxins’.
To help the body do this, lymphatic drainage, a form of gentle massage, stimulates these channels, and encourages the lymphatic to move away from the tissues, and out into the bloodstream, where it is filtered through the kidneys, and excreted via the bladder.
The massage itself is quite gentle, as deep pressure can close the lymphatic vessels, and helps move the pale yellow lymphatic fluid from any areas it may have pooled. Reducing the amount of pooled lymphatic fluid in the body reduces puffiness, swelling, muscle and tissue tenderness, and increases the efficiency of the immune system.
Some of the benefits can be seen almost immediately, with a reduction in swelling, especially around the ankles, and improved skin appearance, especially on the face. Lymphatic drainage can help bruised skin to heal faster, improve digestion and bad breath, reduce headaches, and, of course, improve the function of the immune system. When administered by a trained professional it is safe for all ages, and is a brilliant cure for a dull complexion, and the ever increasing general ‘sluggish’ feeling which is becoming such a part of modern life.