Lymph Drainage Therapy is a type of gentle massage which is specifically intended for the stimulation of the body’s lymphatic and interstitial systems. This therapy is done to encourage the circulation of body fluid and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems by assisting the body in eliminating waste and toxins.
First, the Lymph Drainage therapist performs a Manual Lymphatic Mapping of the vessels. This technique involves the gentle use of hands and fingers to detect and palpate the specific rhythm, depth, quality, and direction of the lymph flow in the patient’s body. This allows the therapist to precisely determine the areas of the body where stagnant body fluids—such as lymph, interstitial fluid, synovial fluid, etc—exist.
With the skill to perceive and react to the patient’s body’s natural self-healing ability, the Lymph Drainage therapist can then identify the best alternative pathways for draining the stagnant body fluids. The therapist will then reroute the flow of lymph and other fluids by following the subtle signals given by the body.
Working with flat hands and using all fingers, the therapist stimulates the lymphatic system with gentle circular pumping or specific wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers facilitate the circulation of lymph and other interstitial fluid in the patient’s body, helping it to drain out of the tissues and move throughout the body. This allows the body to effectively detoxify, clear and rid itself of unwanted toxins and waste. In turn, it boosts the body’s immune system, helps the body heal from surgery, increases vitality, and has significant influence in toning the body.
Lymph Drainage Therapy affects not only the lymphatic system but it also indirectly affects the circulation of all other body fluids. Indeed, the benefits of having lymphatic drainage therapy appear endless.
The lymphatic system is a slow-moving system that is supplementary to the body’s circulatory system. It is composed of lymph vessels and lymph nodes. Lymph vessels are thin tubes that run throughout the body. Meanwhile, lymph nodes are oval-shaped organs that mainly collect and filter lymph and other fluids that pass through it.
It is our body’s front line of defense in warding of infections and detoxifying the body. It delivers nutrients to the cells and carries away excess water, cellular waste, viruses, bacteria and other toxins. However, unlike the blood which is pumped by the heart, the lymphatic system relies on the movement from muscles in the body to push the fluid along. Hence, muscular movement is necessary to keep the fluid circulating.
Since the lymphatic system plays a very important role in the body’s immune system, problems with lymphatic drainage may cause serious health conditions. It is therefore important to maintain a good circulation in our lymphatic system, and that is where Lymphatic Drainage Therapy comes into play.