Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle massage aiming to stimulate circulation of the lymphatic system and detoxify the body while strengthening the immune system.
The lymphatic system has several functions: it drains the interstitial fluid surrounding our cells, carries dietary fats, removes waste and protects the body against foreign matter.
A mix a varying pressure is applied with fingers and palm in the lymphatic system direction.
Acne and face lifting
Having impaired lymph drainage can lead to poor immune system response and sluggish detoxification. Since the lymphatic system does not have its own pump to move through the body like our blood does, it has to be stimulated through exercise, breathing properly, and the force of gravity.
Skin problems such as acne are often the result of poor elimination. Instead of metabolic waste being “washed” away by the lymph into the bloodstream and then “filtered” through the liver and kidneys, the waste just builds up. By stimulating the lymph, waste management can be kept under control and so can your acne.
Breast cancer and surgeries
Lymphedema refers to the swelling caused by lymph accumulation. Lymphedema affects 1 in 4 people who have undergone a mastectomy, nodes removal or any radiation therapy.
Lymphatic drainage helps to redirect lymph to other nodes and other channels.
Cellulite and slimming
When the body carries excessive fat, blood and lymph vessels are compressed by hypertrophied fat cells. This leads to poor drainage of water and toxins. This phenomenon of water retention and degeneration of collagen fibers in the skin is responsible for orange peel look.
Lymphatic drainage aims to release toxins and promote a better blood circulation thus helping with detoxification of the body.
Varicose vein and pain relief
Lymphatic drainage can help relieve pain and swelling associated with varicose veins.
The massage reduces the oedema that is the source of pain and inflammation and while massage is usually not recommended for varicose veins, manual lymphatic drainage using a very light pumping touch can help improve the circulation in the area, relieving the pain.
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