Massage - Lymphatic Drainage
A very light pressure technique which stimulates the lymph (body's waste products) to be expelled. Good for fluid build-up due to sedentary lifestyle, or as a general detoxification for the whole body.
This is a very relaxing treatment. How it works is...
Our lymphatic and circulatory systems work hand-in-hand. Blood brings nutrients to the cells, and lymph takes away the waste or toxins created through cellular activity.
When your glands are up, you are referring to your lymph nodes under the jawline. Lymph nodes will be fuller when the body is fighting bacteria or virus, as there is more waste created by cells fighting the invading organism.
Our lymphatic system can get sluggish due to unhealthy lifestyle (eating high fat or sugary foods, no exercise, smoking, lack of water), mental or emotional stress (work pressure, relationship issues), surgery (lymphatics are cut or lymph nodes removed), illness or disease.
If you are feeling heavy, or bloated, or have oedema (swelling / fluid retention) in the limbs or belly - your lymphatic system is overloaded and needs a hand to get going.
Lymph vessel walls are designed to collapse easily, so this is a very light pressure treatment. The light pressure activates your sympathetic nervous system to stimulate the movement of lymph through the vessels to the nodes and finally into the thoracic and right lymphatic ducts in the chest.
We work on watershed lines first clearing the lymph nodes, then stimulating the areas that drain into the nodes to activate, then again clearing the lymph nodes.
For a general detox, we recommend at least three lymphatic treatments within 2 weeks. For medical purposes, appointments closer together or on a regular cycle will be discussed with you and matched to your condition.
- Caesarean birth
- Removal of lymph nodes
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Fluid retention
- Detoxification (great post any big celebration!)
- Sluggish immune system
- Bloating related to menstrual cycle