What is lymphatic drainage massage?
The Lymphatic system is our front line of defence in fighting bodily infections, detoxifying the body and transporting metabolic wastes, excess water, bacteria and toxins out of the body.
The Lymph glands (at neck, armpits, groin, etc.) are connected by a broad network of vessels which transplant the fluid. Muscular movement is required to move it, as there is no “Heart” to pump it.
Lymphatic drainage massage therapy combines gentle pressure with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes in the body. Lymphatic drainage massage pressure is usually much lighter than other forms of massage therapy. The movements are generally slower also.
Lymphatic massage is performed using the pads of the fingers and thumbs and/or the palms of the hands. Pressing rhythmically with fingertips and hands to increase and decrease the pressure to create the suction and pumping effect which mimics the natural action of the body in relation to this system.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
- Cellulite, Stretch Marks, Scars
- Chronic Fatigue, Lethargy
- Weight Loss
- Sporting Injuries, Arthritis
- Neurological Disorders, Stress
- General Well Being- Relaxation
- Pre/Post Surgery
- Post Mastectomy
- Skin problems
Contraindications and Side Effects of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Malignant/acute infections – it is important to contain & combat any malignancies or infections. Given that the lymphatic system is a transport system it can potentially spread these pathogens.
Acute hypertension– As lymphatic drainage massage deposits fluid in the blood circulatory system; it can place excess strain on the heart and interfere with hypertensive medicines.
Renal Disease – Excess fluid is flushed out of the body via the kidneys. This extra fluid can exacerbate kidney disease.
You may experience these effects for up to 24-36 hours whilst toxins are being eliminated:
- Frequent urination
- Vivid dreams
- Increased perception