What the heck is lymphatic drainage anyway!?
A few basics to start:
The lymphatic system is comprised of bone marrow, the spleen, the thymus, lymph nodes, and lymphatic vessels, which carry the fluid that is lymph and white blood cells. Lymph itself contains waste products (from the circulatory system), cellular debris, bacteria, and proteins.
The lymphatic system helps with:
- tissue drainage,
- fat transport, and
- immune response.
Unlike the circulatory system which has the heart, the lymphatic system does not have a pump. Our movement acts as the pump. (Thus the very basic importance of some sort of movement/exercise every single day. Walking is excellent for moving our lymph along.) But for a lot of reasons, sometimes lymph needs manual help to get moving and that’s where we come in.
This specialty bodywork is very delicate.
This technique uses the lightest touch, as the lymph vessels lie just beneath the skin. Too much pressure can cause the vessels to collapse, diminishing the positive effects. This technique is so light that it can be used on wounds right after they occur, helping to speed up the healing process.
Lymphatic Drainage can:
help increase immunity
help with allergy relief
decrease swelling by eliminating fluid retention
help remove toxins and metabolic waste from the tissues
help to diminish the dimpling of the skin
help to relieve pain by removing excess fluid that adds pressure to the nerves
help to increase mental clarity and focus
help to boost energy by removing sluggishness
help to facilitate healing from bruising, strains, and sprains
Diana Meyer is specially trained in this technique and her clients are already seeing amazing results – even some results that we didn’t know would happen!
Give us a call to talk about what this technique might do for you.
From a recent client:
First, I’m always impressed with Diane. She’s amazing and so kind and caring. Second, you know I’ve always had trouble with super tight, uncomfortable calves, and sometimes it would give me trouble walking. I started parking away from work and walking for about 10 minutes. My calves are PISSED. I’m in a lot of pain after about 5 minutes, and my research says it’s probably vascular and a sign of peripheral artery disease, and the treatment is basically: keep walking. The big pain goes away when I stop moving, but the tightness and aches have been at about a 2/3 for two weeks as I work through this.
Currently, after my lymphatic massage, my calf pain is at ZERO. Negative tightness, loose, and comfortable. That is completely unexpected and delightful and regardless of other potential benefits, this is probably my new number one choice for massage. Amazing, so glad I jumped and gave it a try.