One has to experience lymphatic massage to truly appreciate its amazing therapeutic value!
The lymphatic system is one of 5 elimination systems in our body. About 70% of it resides and flows just below the surface of the skin but above the muscle tissue, and it works in conjunction with our skin, lungs, kidneys, and intestines to clear away toxins and waste that build up due to stress, bacteria, viruses, dead cells, fatty globules and other debris that is cast off by healthy cellular function. An active and healthy lifestyle promotes a healthy functioning lymphatic system, whereas a sedentary lifestyle and/or one that includes a diet high in fatty, processed foods leads to a sluggish lymphatic system. The result is a build-up of waste products in our body, which then leads to stiff muscles and joints, acne, poor skin tone, premature aging, etc.
Because the majority of this system’s circulation is superficial, this modality consists of a very light touch (think of the weight of a nickel). If too much pressure is applied, the lymph vessels collapse and the system is paused in that area, which defeats the purpose of this modality. Lymphatic drainage massage is an assisted means of encouraging the lymph to flow in the right direction and mechanically stimulates the flow of fluids that carry toxins and other waste products to the appropriate disposal sites in our body. The slow, methodical light-weight touch is very relaxing and incredibly therapeutic. Rest and water following a treatment are essential to the effectiveness of this technique.
Review the Contraindications below. If in doubt, consult with your physician as to the advisability of receiving lymphatic drainage massage.
- acute infectious/inflammatory illnesses, fever
- major cardiac conditions
- serious circulatory conditions
- acute anuresis
- cancer & all malignant diseases
- thyroid conditions
- carotid stenosis/carotid thrombosis
- acute asthma & allergies
- burns, fresh scars, skin hypersensitivity, eczema
- abdominal surgery, radiation, tumor, bleeding or pain of undetermined origin
- removed spleen
- chronic HIV infection – Dr approval required
- major kidney problems, renal insufficiency, hemodialysis – Dr approval required
- menstruation – abdominal drainage avoided
- gynecological infections, fibromas, cysts, IUD – “deep” abdominal work avoided
- pregnancy – avoid during first 3 months; consult with physician after 1st trimester
- medication, chemotherapy, anesthetic drugs