05 Nov Why is a Lymphatic Massage Unique?
A lymphatic massage primarily aims to stimulate the lymphatic system. A system of capillaries and vessels carry the lymph from the tissues to specialized lymph nodes. The nodes inspect, sort and clean this fluid. There are over 400 nodes in the body. The waste is filtered in these nodes and deposited back into the blood. The liver and kidneys filter this waste from the blood and excrete it.
The lymph fluid contains proteins, fats, hormones, bacteria, viruses and immune cells. It also gathers waste products from cell metabolism and other sources contained in food, water and the air we breathe. A high functioning lymphatic system is essential to good health and a clean, high functioning internal environment.
This treatment stimulates the body to take up and process more lymph, thereby filtering and getting rid of waste. It also results in better immune system functioning and increases the relaxation response.
Protein byproducts of inflammation caused by surgery can linger and produce swelling in the tissues. Lymphatic massage can be beneficial after surgery to reduce edema (swelling), bruising and pain and to support the healing process. The removal of these extra proteins aids in the reduction of swelling.
A lymphatic massage is very gentle and relaxing to receive and no oils or other lubricants are used for the treatment. The practitioner uses a slow, light rhythmic pressure to move the fluid towards the nodes by gently stretching the skin and then releasing it.
Lymphatic massage is worth experiencing to aid in your cleansing process, recover post surgery or just to relax and support your optimum health.