For those who may not know, the lymphatic drainage system is a system of delicate tubes that are connected all throughout the body. These tubes drain fluid that has leaked from the blood vessels into the tissues and will then empty this back into the blood stream via the lymph nodes. This system has many different roles such as managing the amount of liquids in the body, helping with the function of our immune system, helps with the absorption of fats from the intestine as well as much more.
While this is all well and good, many people can find that this system will become blocked which can lead to a host of issues. Such issues can be cysts in the body, a lowered immune system, obesity, or Crohn’s disease. There is more and more research that is showing that a host of other issues can also arise when this system is blocked. Thankfully, there are plenty of natural ways out there that can help get this system moving again so that the body is in tip-top condition and people are feeling great again once more. As there are so many benefits to having a well-functioning lymphatic drainage system, this post will explore this further.
What is lymphatic drainage massage?
While most people understand what regular massage is, they may not be aware of what lymphatic drainage massage is and how it can help. This type of massage is a very light massage as opposed to sports massage who uses quite a firm pressure. This type of massage will instead use long, gentle, and rhythmic strokes that are designed to increase the flow of lymph, help remove blockages, and will reduce the amount of toxins that are in the body. This can help people boost their immune system (which is very handy for those who are about to head into winter), can help boost weight loss, can reduce inflammation, and can even help improve skin conditions such as cellulite. For these reasons, there are many women all around the globe who are interested in trying out lymphatic drainage massage.
What other drainage techniques can be implemented?
While lymphatic drainage massage is extremely beneficial to implement on a regular basis, some women will want to know what they can do in-between their sessions. The good news is that there are plenty of things that people can do that are simple and cost-effective. One example of this is dry body brushing. This is where people will take a dry body brush, put the bristles on the skin, and will move the brush in circular motions across the body. It is always important to brush away from the heart, and this is a great method to help the body restore its flow. Moreover, it can be very therapeutic and a great way for people to implement self-care. Another great thing that people can do at home is put their legs up against a wall. Putting the legs above the heart for about fifteen minutes each day is also a great way to get things moving once more.
David Smith was born and raised in Calgary Alberta and loves to share his passion for health and fitness with others. Apart from running his own podcast, which uploads weekly shows that covers current health trends, he spends his time canoeing and backpacking. David recently spent a summer working at the CFIA as a health supplement reviewer. In regards to academics, David studied kinesiology at Guelph University.