Its a light form of massage that focuses on the path of the Lymphatic System.
The goal is to assist in the drainage of fluid (lymph) that has build up in certain areas, back to the circulatory system. This is achieved by specific and repetitive movements that can also have a soothing and relaxing effect.
The Lymphatic System doesn't have it's own pump, so it relies on the breath and movement to drain the lymph. Sickness, poor diet, lack of physical activity and other issues can be causes to a less effective drainage, in which cases Lymphatic Drainage massage can be helpful in stimulating the system to a more efficient state.
Some benefits and uses:
- pre and post surgical care as it can assist with alleviating pain, local swelling and bruising caused by the surgery, treating of the surgical scar, prompts the body to regenerate broken lymph vessels, as well as enhancing the healing process. In Brazil often recommended as a part of the recovery process in Plastic surgery. - assists in eliminating cellular waste - stimulates the parasympathetic relaxation response decreasing muscle stiffness and pain - stimulates the immune system - reduces swelling in the body, such as swollen ankles and other joints - general fluid retention due to medication, pregnancy or hormonal changes - can improve appearance of cellulite - stimulates the intestines to work normally
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is a system of capillaries, vessels, nodes and other organs such as tonsils, spleen and thymus, that transport a fluid called lymph from the tissues back to the bloodstream. These organs filter and clean the lymph of any debris, abnormal cells, or pathogens, acting as a protection and defense mechanism. The lymphatic system also transports fatty acids from the intestines to the circulatory system, assisting with maintaining fluid balance and protein circulation.
Normally lymph flows through lymph vessels, but if the lymphatic system is damaged or inadequate, or there is an increased amount of lymph, the system cannot handle the usual amount of lymph, and fluid builds up in the tissues. This will result in edema or swelling, and can involve pain, infection or loss of range of motion.
If you want to check some interactive images that show you more details on the lymphatic system click here.
Renata is offering Lymphatic Drainage our Parnell location on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Saturdays