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Lymphatic Drainage

The body’s lymphatic system is very extensive and complex. It helps circulate fluids, proteins and immune cells throughout the body, plus eliminate toxins and waste products. This system is often referred to as the body’s sewage system. Lymphatic drainage activates, cleanses and assists your lymphatic system to improve dramatically. Clients notice more energy, pain release and an overall sense of wellbeing.

The lymphatic system carries nutrients, distributes germ-fighting white cells, picks up any particles that are too big to be absorbed through the capillary membrane such as cell debris, fat globules and tiny protein particles. Lymph (interstitial fluid) is cleaned and filtered in the lymph nodes. Germ fighting cells gather there during illness.

The filtration process prevents bacteria, cancer cells and other infectious agents from entering the blood and circulating through the system. The lymph nodes are centres for production and storage of some of the white blood cells which are important elements of the body’s immune mechanism.

In many people, the lymph system becomes sluggish and needs to be cleaned. Very often the lymph ducts become blocked and the lymph accumulates in the tissues. This means that the waste products are not eliminated from the cells effectively and the cells with start malfunctioning.

This will also set up infection and local decay of cells. In the pelvis area of women common symptoms are pelvic congestion, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, ovarian malfunction, period pain, irregular and abnormal periods, formation of adhesions.

Close-up shot of a therapist doing shoulder massage

What are the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage?

Manual lymphatic drainage helps to rid the body of toxins and excess lymph by stimulating the body’s lymphatic system using specific massage techniques. The technique causes the lymphatic network to enlarge and carry more lymph. This applies to the limbs and trunk in particular. In this way, the body’s elimination channels are enhanced and your ability to clear out toxins and waste products is greatly improved.

What to expect during your Lymphatic Drainage treatment:

Because many of the lymph vessels are just under the skin, moving the lymph requires very light touch, barely the weight of a teaspoon of water. Practitioners use flat hands and finger pads in painless, rhythmic movements light enough to be described as ‘feather touch’. Expect this treatment to be a lot slower and much lighter than your standard massage treatment. The majority of the treatment is spent lying supine (face up) as the front of the body is where the majority of the lymph nodes are situated.
Due to the sensitive areas in which the lymph nodes are situated, (there are clusters around your breasts and groin area) your therapist will explain the sequence and theory of the technique in the initial consultation before you decide to go ahead.