What is Lymphatic Drainage?

Lymphatic Drainage is an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialized and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels that carry substances vital to the defense of the body as well as help in the removal of waste products.

What are the Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic drainage clears blockages, eliminates metabolic wastes and toxins from the body, helps in the transport of nutrients to cells and increases metabolic efficiency, all adding to the reduction of excess fluid and can assist in weight reduction. It also has a very calming effect on the nervous system and helps relieve stress and tension.

Lymphatic drainage is also a beauty treatment for the face that improves the appearance of the skin and reduces puffiness. It helps rejuvenate collagen fibres and slow the aging process.

What Conditions Can Benefit from Lymphatic Drainage?
Obtaining permission from your doctor is paramount in the relevant cases:

  • Stress, anxiety, tension
  • Chronic fatigue, migraine, blocked sinus, hay fever
  • Recurring infections (colds, flu, ear, chest)
  • Pre- and postoperative cases (cosmetic surgery, removal of lymph nodes
  • Toxic build-up, oedema and fluid retention (puffy ankles, legs, eyes, bloating)
  • Cellulite and excess weight
  • Constipation and other digestive disorders
  • Scar tissue

Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system plays a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system gets compromised in any way, lymphatic fluids build up and stagnate causing the entire system to become toxic.

Our Lymphatic System is responsible for collection of around 20% of tissue fluids that get separated from the blood flow during metabolism. The Lymphatic System acts as an overflow and prevents the body tissues from swelling up.

Lymph collectors are the vessels that carry lymph to the lymph nodes responsible for filtering the lymph and for producing antibodies such as lymphocytes and monocytes that then return into the blood flow to be delivered to every cell to boost up their immunity. The production of lymphocytes is increased when the flow of lymph is increased through the nodes.

The circulation of lymph in the body largely depends on physical movement. Stimulating the lymph flow in one area of the body will increase lymph flow in another.

The superficial lymph collectors drain about 70% of lymph in the body. These are located directly under the top thin layer of the skin called epidermis, above the fascia and muscles and get stimulated during the Lymphatic Drainage massage.

Contraindications:

  • Any active cancer
  • Acute infection
  • Thrombosis
  • Acute allergies
  • Treated or terminal cancer
  • Pre cancerous skin lesions or raised moles
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Hypotension
  • Pregnancy in the first trimester with history of complications

Alla is a Qualified Yoga Teacher, ITEC 3 Holistic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Reiki & Karuna Reiki Master – Fully CRB Checked

Vida Cannon MISRM, LSSM (Dip), ITEC (Dip)
Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist
Call: 0203 489 0020
Email: vida@www.therapyandlifecentre.co.uk