Lymphatic Massage

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes which transport lymph through out the body. Lymph is a clear fluid containing water, proteins, lymphocytes (infection fighting white blood cells), waste products and remnants of cell metabolism.

Lymph nodes are found throughout the body. Lymph nodes filter the lymph to remove debris before returning it to the blood stream, this helps to rid the body of infection, excess fluid, toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. There are many lymph nodes located in the neck, armpits and groin. The lymphatic system also includes the tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus.

Lymphatic MassageĀ (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) is a gentle, rhythmical massage treatment in which the therapist uses light pressure in gliding, compressing, cupping and stretching motions over the clients body in the direction of the lymph flow, to stimulate the circulation of lymph around the body. Lymphatic massage can be performed with either a small amount of massage oil or with out oil. As Lymphatic (no capital L)massage is increasing the efficiency of the lymphatic and circulatory systems it helps with the removal of fluid, wastes and toxins from the bodies tissues.

Conditions that may benefit from lymphatic massage include:

  • Lymphoedema.
  • Swollen legs or arms due to fluid retention
  • Swelling of a limb, pre or post-surgery
  • Breast tenderness & congestion
  • Fibromyalgia & Lupus
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Recurrent infections such as colds, flu, tonsillitis and sinus infection.

When your lymphatic system is not working efficiently excess fluids and toxins can accumulate in the tissue. Lymphatic massage gently assists the lymphatic system to maintain the bodies fluid balance, circulation and immune function to reduce swelling, fight disease, remove toxins and waste products leading to your better health.