Lymphatic drainage is a form of massage carried out by a specialist practitioner. Unlike some other forms of massage, lymphatic drainage uses a very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. It aims to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in your body.
What is lymph and why is it important?
Lymph is a clear fluid that as well as transporting nutrients and oxygen to cells, collects toxins and flushes them out through the lymph nodes. This helps you fight infection. It’s why the lymph system is such an integral part of your body’s immune system.
What is lymphatic drainage massage good for?
Improving the flow and drainage of lymph around your body can have a number of positive effects, including:
- helping your body fight off infection and speeding up healing and recovery from illness
- reducing swelling, puffiness and blotches
- improving the appearance of stretch marks and scar tissue
- increasing weight loss as your metabolic rate will improve, helping you burn calories more effectively.
What to expect from a lymphatic drainage massage treatment?
Your first session will involve a consultation to determine your needs and what you want to achieve. There will also be a discussion about the number and frequency of future sessions.
Depending on what you want want from the session, the process can take anywhere from 30 minutes, with the masseur concentrating on a localised area, up to two hours when working on the whole body.
Lymphatic drainage can leave you feeling exhausted, so it’s important to take time to rest after a treatment session and we always advise that you don’t have a lot on for the remainder of the day. And don’t be surprised if you feel really thirsty after the session – that is completely normal!
If you need any more information on lymphatic drainage massages, please get in touch. We’d love to talk through your requirements.