Has the cold or flu been leaving you feeling run down or tired lately? Can’t seem to find the energy to be at your best? Are you recovering from a recent or long standing injury that doesn’t seem to be healing very quickly? Your lymphatic system may be tired or over worked. Having a lymphatic massage may be just what you need to give your body that extra immune boost and head on down the road of recovery.
What is the Lymphatic system and what does it do?
Our lymphatic system is an important part of our immune system and acts like an alarm system by filtering through a set of natural drains and watersheds all over our body. Lymph is actually derived from the more liquid portion of our blood called plasma. When our heart beats it puts pressure on the vessel walls which causes leakage of plasma to be released. This plasma is absorbed into the lymphatic vessels and nodes close by and thus refiltered at a slower pace back into the bloodstream.
Have you ever had swollen or tender lymph nodes? When we get a cold or flu our lymphatic system alerts our body of the presence of an intruder through our lymph nodes. This then relays a message to our body’s immune cells to fight it off. Like all drains, however, they have their limit and can become overloaded or backlogged.
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What is lymphatic drainage massage?
Lymphatic massage focuses specifically on boosting your immune system naturally by helping your lymphatic system to function at top capacity. It is a gentle and slower massage targeted to move lymph and swelling, which can cause pain and malaise. Because the flow of lymph is slower than that of blood is it can be restricted or blocked more easy. When this flow is blocked, your body’s ability to get rid of those toxins and repair more quickly is slowed. Lymphatic massage techniques help to alleviate those blockages and get the lymph moving again, giving your body a better chance to heal itself.
With all those stressors out there it’s natural for our body to start to feel worn down. If you’re recovering from an injury, having joint pain or swelling, or even if you just want an immune boost, having a lymphatic massage is a healthy and natural way to do so. Talk to your registered massage therapist today about the benefits that lymphatic massage can offer. Your body will be glad you did.
Article by – Ashley Rocheleau (RMT)
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