Lymphatic drainage can play an important role in reducing inflammation and congestion, boosting immunity and oxygenation to the cells and enhancing recovery rates from surgery.
It is a specialist massage technique which, I believe, is often over-looked until someone has cancer or lymphodema
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a delicate form of massage with light pressure and soft pumping action in the direction of the lymph nodes. It is also highly relaxing.
A congested lymphatic system can become sluggish from protein deposits or the flow can stagnate for reasons such as fatigue, stress, infection, emotional shock, lack of physical activity or dehydration. Carbon dioxide, lactic acid and other wastes are not always drained away by your body and viruses, bacteria and fungi can proliferate causing swelling, infections, parasites and even cancer.
Your immune system works to keep these harmful agents out of the body and attacks those that manage to enter. This is where white blood cells are your best friend. Your immune system does not have a built-in mechanism to move it constantly so it needs your help and this comes via your lymphatic system.
- Lymph Nodes
- Bone Marrow
Lymphatic drainage should be used in combination with deep breathing exercises before and after your massage.
The best methods of promoting lymphatic circulation are massage, muscular activity, exercise (especially rebounding) movement, dry body brushing and adequate foods and hydration.