What is Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymph drainage massage is a slow rhythmic massage, which follows the path of the lymphatic system of the body. It helps to eliminate waste more efficiently, reduces swelling and helps to improve skin texture.
What is lymph?
A lymph is a clear, yellowish fluid that flows around your body, carrying white blood cells and antibodies to your tissues and organs. Lymphs are essential to your immune system and help you fight infection.
It's a fact that we dump toxins into our bodies every day, most commonly:
Eating fatty foods
Eating too much sugar
Living in polluted towns / cities
Drinking excess alcohol
Your lymphatic system's job is to flush all the toxins away, and keep you healthy. Lymphatic drainage massage boosts the flow of lymph around your body, refreshing your immune system and flushing out toxins.
Benefits of a lymph drainage massage
Because the lymphatic system is so important to keeping your immune system working properly, improving its flow and drainage around the body can benefit you in many ways. Lymphatic drainage massage can have a profound effect on your general health:
Boosts weight loss
Reduces water retention
Helps your body fight infection and speed up healing and recovery from illness
Is a popular and effective treatment for cellulite
Manual lymphatic drainage can be used in the treatment of lymphoedema
It can also improve your complexion:
It can reducing swelling, puffiness and blotches
It can give you clean healthy pores
It can speed up healing in scar tissue, so it can, for example, improve the appearance of stretch marks
Preparing for a lymph drainage massage
As with any treatment, the treatment is most beneficial if you prepare and allow yourself plenty of time both before and after the treatment. It's a good idea to give yourself plenty of time either side of the massage, so that you don't feel rushed.
You should always tell your therapist in advance about any of the following as this may affect the kind of treatment you receive:
Have any broken skin or sores on your scalp
Are, or think you might be, pregnant
Have any medical conditions or are receiving any treatment or medication
Have recently had an injury or operation
Are allergic to anything, particularly skin allergies
Before any massage treatment, avoid large meals or alcohol. It's also a good to drink plenty of water, which will help your body to flush the toxins out of your body.
What to expect from lymph drainage massage
This massage treatment takes place in a heated room as warmth is an important factor in increasing lymphatic flow. Also the warmth helps to relax you. Lymph drainage massage is given on a massage table, and you will be draped in discreetly-placed towels. The therapist will generally work their way up from your feet unless any specialist requirements are being adhered to.
Lymph drainage massage uses very light pressure, as well as long, gentle, rhythmic strokes and soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes (the main lymph nodes are situated in the neck, armpits, and groin). Our full body lypmh drainage massage last for 1 hour and 15 mins.
Lymph drainage can leave you feeling exhausted and also leave you really thirsty, so ensure you have plenty of fresh water to hand and to acheive maximum benefit, please book this treatment on a day when you can relax afterwards.
Lymphatic drainage is about flushing out your system. You can aid lymphatic drainage by drinking plenty of water every day.
Different durations are possible: