Everything You Need To Know Before Booking A Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic drainage is a treatment specifically designed to facilitate the body’s immune system. ‘Lymph’ is a clear fluid that provides two main functions in the body:
- Flushing out toxins through the lymph nodes
- Transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells.
However, unlike other systems in the body, the lymph system does not have a pump, meaning that pressure in the blood vessels and muscular movement are both required to move the lymphatic fluid around the body. This is where the lymphatic drainage treatment comes in.
Using gentle, rhythmic and long strokes, in addition to light pressure, the treatment helps improve the flow of lymph and simultaneously reduce the toxins within your body.
Considering that the primary function of lymphatic drainage is to ensure the body’s immune system is functioning adequately, this treatment has a variety of benefits.
By ensuring the immune system is working optimally, the treatment may help you fight off illness and infections, but also increase the speed of recovery should you succumb to the common cold!
Lymphatic drainage may also increase your metabolic rate, therefore aiding weight loss. Further, it can help reduce water retention, particularly for individuals who experience swollen hands and feet.
Another key benefit to this treatment is the notable improvements that it can make to your skin, such as speeding up the healing of stretch marks, scar tissue and reducing cellulite by increasing blood flow.
What to expect
Lymphatic drainage usually occurs in a heated room – this is because increasing the body temperature is a critical element of stimulating an increase in lymphatic flow.
Due to this, make sure you are properly hydrated, so drink plenty of water before and after the treatment.
Remember, lymphatic drainage is about flushing the toxins out of your system, so drinking plenty of water every day will help with this too!
Further, whilst your therapist is likely to begin at your feet and work upwards, the main lymph nodes are located in the armpits, neck and groin.
This treatment is likely to leave you feeling tired afterwards, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to recuperate before going out to enjoy the rest of your day.