What is it?
Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle treatment that encourages the sluggish lymph to move freely around the body using manual techniques. This greatly enhances detoxification and elimination of waste products, as well as reducing fluid retention and stagnation.
Why the lymphatic system is so important
While most detox and cleansing protocols mainly focus on supporting the liver and kidneys, the lymphatic system is possibly the most neglected system in the body! Its very important functions in the body include:
- Removal of waste products and toxins
- Transport and storage of immune cells
- Transport of fats soluble nutrients and vitamins
- Maintaining fluid homeostasis in the body
It is not surprising that with stagnant lymphatic system, you don’t feel well.
Signs and symptoms pointing to a lymphatic overload are:
- Swollen lymph nodes (most commonly around the neck)
- Peripheral oedema
- Breast lumps that are not malignancies
- Feeling tired and sluggish
- Being more susceptible to infections
- Lymphatic ring in iris (link)
- Dry and flaky skin due to deficiencies in fats and fat-soluble vitamins
The lymphatic system is composed of vessels that carry lymph and nodes that filter it. Unlike the circulatory system that has a heart acting as a pump to keep it moving, the lymphatic system relies only on our smooth muscles function.
In other words: the more physically active you are, the better your lymphatic system functions.
Unfortunately, in our modern lifestyles, movement is very limited.
This is when lymphatic massage comes in, manual techniques used in lymphatic massage stimulate clogged lymph nodes to empty which allows the lymph to function properly and move freely through the body.
Lymphatic massage is particularly recommended for sudden trauma to tissue (accident or surgery) or for toxic overload due to chronic illness.
Who can benefit from lymphatic massage?
- People with frequently get sick or take long time to recover
- Chronically ill individuals (Lyme disease, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Cancer, Auto-immune sufferers whose lymphatic system is overburdened from prolonged battle with pathogens).
- Post-surgery individuals, especially cases where lymph nodes where removed causing blockages and lymphedema.
- Weight loss
- Sport injuries
- Cigarette smokers
There are many things you can do yourself to keep your lymphatic system in good shape. My recommendations are:
- Deep breathing
- Walking/ bare foot walking
- Dry skin brushing
- Alternating hot and cold showers
- 10 min/day jumping on trampoline
- Eliminating all dairy
- Keeping body alkaline with plenty fruit and veg
- Apple cider vinegar
- Castrol oil pulls
- Herbal medicines