Lymph fluid transports nutrients and oxygen to cells, collecting toxins on the way and flushing them out through the lymph nodes. You have around twice as many lymph vessels as blood vessels in your body, but unlike blood, which is pumped around by your heart, the lymph system has no pump. The pressure from your blood vessels and movement from your muscles push the lymphatic fluid around, and certain health conditions or stress can impede the flow.
Since our lymphatic system is primarily responsible for carrying disease-fighting material to cells attacked by germs by transporting the dead germs away and supplying protein-rich plasma fluid back to the heart, it’s vital to keep this “other” circulatory system in proper working order. When the system is blocked we become defenseless against attacks by fungi and bacteria because infection-fighting material is prevented from destroying them. Additionally, cell-nourishing material is prevented from reaching the bloodstream. The end result is that germs grow, our blood loses necessary proteins, and infectious diseases could potentially invade our body.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) massage focuses on detox and purification and can revitalize your energy and keep your immune system working properly. MLD can help boost your immune system during cold and flu season, or help speed healing and recovery if you’ve already picked up a virus this winter. Used after a stressful period in your life, like the craziness of the holiday’s, MLD can help restore balance and reduce the toxins that result from the release of stress hormones.
Lymphatic drainage massage those with:
swelling or edema
general stress reduction
Unlike the deep muscular kneading of traditional massage, lymphatic massage therapists use very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes in the direction of normal lymph fluid movement. After MLD, you might feel exhausted and really thirsty! This is totally normal but be prepared by having plenty of water nearby and keep your schedule light for the rest of the day.
People should not have a lymphatic massage if they have congestive heart failure, blood clots, kidney problems, infections, or circulation problems. If a person has any medical conditions, they should talk to a doctor before trying a lymphatic massage.
This holiday season treat yourself or someone you love to better health and wellness with a lymphatic drainage massage.
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