Lymphatic Drainage Treatment
The lymphatic system is one of the many intricate systems in your body. It has a very important role as it is responsible for clearing waste bi-products and toxins from the body. Furthermore, the lymphatic system carries your white blood cells which are imperative in fighting off infections and pathogens. Lymph itself, is a clear fluid that moves through your tissues and arteries to clean them, before draining them through the lymphatic system. Think of it as the detox system of the body!!
Why should I care about the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system only runs one direction and it does not have a pump (like the heart) to push the fluid throughout the body so it relies on our bodies muscle action and movement to maintain its fluid movement. Maintaining fluid movement is Key!! Without this the lymph system becomes stagnant which leads to excess fluid buildup in the body (a.k.a swelling) as well as a buildup of tissue waste and toxins which we don’t want!
What is Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymphatic Drainage is the process of stimulating the lymphatic system to ensure lymph movement is not only maintained but sped up to accelerate the process of removing the accumulated liquid between cells and their waste bi-products. This can be done through a variety of processes such as massage, cupping, vacuum therapy and LED therapy to name a few!
Stimulates blood circulation and tissue regeneration / Reduces swelling and unwanted pockets of fluid / Reduces water retention and bloating / Improves immune system due to the important elimination of toxins/ Improves body contour and skin texture / Energizes the body / Provides an overall lightness in the body / Promotes body and mental relaxation / Minimizes the appearance of cellulite by reducing the amount of fluid that presses up against the cross-hatched fibers beneath your skin
How does Lymphatic Drainage work?
Through one or all of the processes above, the lymphatic system is stimulated to move quickly by moving the lymph to the lymph nodes with the end goal of eliminating access fluid and waste bi-product from the body via the kidneys and bladder and re-circulating filtered lymph back into your circulatory system (arteries).
What to expect during and post your Lymphatic Drainage Treatment?
Therapist will use moderate pressure throughout the session. You will definitely feel it and may be a bit sore the following day. If you bruise easily, we recommend that you avoid taking anything that can thin the blood, such as ibuprofen or Tylenol, one week before your appointment. You will notice a pinkish tint to you skin which is directly related to increased blood flow. You can also expect to feel lighter when it is over, your muscles will have increased mobility and your body will be more contoured. You will also feel the need to pee more which is normal and what we want! This means your lymphatic system is moving. You will also need to keep well hydrated post treatment with goals to drink 2-2.5 liters throughout the days following.
Are there side effects to Lymphatic Drainage?
Since the goals of the treatment are to promote proper lymph movement – which is something your body aims to do naturally there are little side effects. You can notice some soreness post treatment and can have some bruising if you bruise easily.