Lymphatic Drainage – What Is It and How Does It Work?
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that parallels the blood vessels, head to toe in the body. It acts as a filter for the blood and body cells. Unlike the circulatory system which has a pump to move the blood from the heart, through the arteries into the lungs and organs and back through the veinous circulation to the heart, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump.
In fact, the toxins that are collected by the lymphocytes, or cells of the lymphatic system get collected into small pockets, which are commonly referred to as swollen lymph nodes. These are static pockets and if left stagnant for too long, they may become toxic contributing to a state of dis-ease, cancer or contribute to another co-morbidity.
The Benefits of a Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Movement, exercise, acupressure, acupuncture and lymphatic massage are all highly beneficial, and highly recommended for everyone, however particularly important to handle stagnation in the system. Exercise is not just to assist you in staying in shape. It has the vital purpose of assisting the lymphatic system in removing stuck chi (according to TCM) or stagnation of toxic waste which becomes stored as pockets of pus and debris.
As a part of my regular treatment and service at the Center for Natural Healing, I incorporate lymphatic stimulation massage, percussor massage, and whole body vibration treatment for all of my patients. We also offer complete whole body massage 60-120 minutes upon special request. Not only is body work important for your physical well-being, it is crucial for mental and emotional well being, especially when human touch is lacking in your life.
For more information on the benefits of lymphatic massage, please contact our center.