Lymphatic Drainage Massage
In lymphatic drainage massage, the practitioner uses a range of specialized gentle and rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels carrying substances vital to immune defense and removes waste products. The technique is designed to increase lymphatic circulation through the body’s natural filtration system.
The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to operate at peak performance. This system drains fluids, detoxifies and regenerates tissues, filters out toxins and foreign substances, and helps us maintain a healthy immune system. If lymph circulation stagnates, however, toxins accumulate and compromise cellular functioning, which opens the way to physical ailments.
This technique is performed with hands and fingers simulating gentle, wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.
Lymphatic drainage massage can be a useful adjunct therapy in reducing edemas (swellings) and lymphedemas, relief of acute and subacute inflammations, relief of chronic pain or fatigue, detoxification of the body, stimulation of the immune system, and more.