What Is Lymphatic Drainage?

The main function of the lymphatic system is detoxification. The accumulation of toxins may cause us to feel fatigued, lacking in energy, moody, headachy, or lethargic. Toxins come from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, medicines, and alcohol. The second and equally important function of the lymphatic system is in its roll to protect the body from invading microorganisms, bacteria and viruses. The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system.

Properly flowing lymphatic systems contributes to the health of the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the endocrine system, and the immune system. Lymphatic drainage is about preventive healthcare.

Lymphatic drainage has been shown in some individuals to reduce allergies, reduce menstrual cramps, reduce cellulite, decrease frequency of colds and other viruses.

The lymphatic system of the body closely resembles the circulatory system with vessels that carry a plasma-like fluid (lymph) to the cellular level of the body’s tissues. This fluid carries nutrients, oxygen, and hormones to the cellular level of tissues, much the same as blood does, plus this fluid carries away debris and toxins. However, this vessel system does not have its own pump as the circulatory system has the heart. Also, the vessels have no valves as the veins have or the ability to contract and expand as the arteries do. The lymphatic system relies on body movements and muscles to "squeeze" the lymph through the vessels. A lymphatic drainage session can assist this process.

What Can I Expect In A Lymphatic Drainage Session?

A lymphatic drainage session is scheduled for an hour. The session is much like massage except that the touch is fairly light. The massage therapist's job is to assist in moving the lymph fluid along its path which requires only a light touch by a knowledgeable hand.

Common reactions to a session:

  • First and foremost, very relaxed!
  • The body may feel clean, light, pure.
  • The mind might feel clear, sharp, expanded.
  • As toxins are released, some may feel sluggish, achy, fatigued, but this is not long lasting. It is, however, an indicator that toxins are present in the body and are being released.


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