Why Lymphatic Massage Will Help Your Body
Take our kidneys for example. Sure we’ve all heard of them, but many don’t appreciate just how much they do.
They produce hormones, absorb minerals, filter blood and still find the time to produce urine.
Yet the role of our kidneys is often underrated when we think about their importance in our overall health and well being. The heart and our lungs steal that show rather well.
The same thing is true of our Lymphatic System, which is not only unsung, it’s also the least understood system in our body. No surprise there however because it is a sprawling and relatively complex structure. And a lymphatic massage is an easy way to give this system a kick start
What Is The Lymphatic System
The Lymphatic System is part of the circulatory system. It’s a network of delicate tubes that spaghetti themselves around our bodies.
These tubes carry a clear liquid called lymph. It’s chock-full of white blood cells that wear a mask and a cape (we like to imagine) and fight infection. They also destroy damaged or abnormal cells, like cancer cells for example. Hurrah!
Meanwhile, in our circulatory system, roughly 20 litres of blood are processed every day. During this process plasma is removed from the blood, while the blood cells are left to carry on and do their thing.
Seventeen litres of filtered plasma are reabsorbed directly into the blood vessels – but – three litres linger around as Interstitial Fluid.
If these daily three litres of ‘lost’ juice were to accumulate in the tissues between your organs then your body would be trouble.
Enter the lymphatic system.
The system’s little valveless extremities act like tiny little vacuums and allow these spare three litres of juice to re-enter your circulatory system. But first they have to pass through the strict filtering system of the lymph nodes and – if any bacteria, abnormal cells or viruses are found – the lymph nodes instruct the white blood cells to “Attack!”
Why We Love Massaging The Lymphatic System
Needless to say that the Lymphatic System plays a super important role in protecting us from illness and disease and it does more besides. It absorbs fats from our intestines too for example, and it has big brothers such as the spleen, the thymus, the tonsils and the adenoids.
To have a Lymphatic System that works well is paramount to our health and well being.
If you know the importance of the Lymphatic System – you can better appreciate how beneficial one of our favourite massages can be.
The Lymphatic Massage
Performed by an especially trained therapist, this massage is a slow and methodical process. It uses a directional technique designed specifically to guide fluids towards your lymph nodes. It calms the nervous system and provides therapeutic benefits as well. This style of massage:
- Increase the efficiency of your lymphatic and circulatory systems
- Boosts your immune system
- Stimulates the circulation of lymph fluid around the body
- Speeds up the elimination of wastes from a slow Lymphatic System
- There are other tips on how to support your lymphatic system here
Who Lymphatic Massage Helps
A massage of the lymph system stimulates the entire body and boosts the immune system which is beneficial to us all. Many clients say they feel ‘lighter’ in body and experience an increase in energy, too.
However, this style of massage is thought to be particularly helpful for those who have certain conditions or issues – for example:
During pregnancy: Lymphatic Massage provides relief when fluid retention strikes in the feet and legs.
For Healing: Post-surgically this massage helps relieve pain and reduce swelling and scarring. It is also very beneficial to those who are in recovery from injuries, sports injuries, respiratory complaints, infections, chronic fatigue and also for those who are physically inactive.
Skin problems: The ‘flushing’ effect of this massage brings about a clearer complexion and eases puffiness around the eyes.
Weak Immune System: If you have been sick more often than usual this season and feel that your immune system is compromised, then Lymphatic Massage could be particularly helpful to you.
Hinders Fluid retention: Lymphatic Massage rids your body of excess fluid – so you will weigh slightly less afterwards due to its diuretic effect. Removing excess fluid can also improve circulation.
Helps with Rehab: The ‘flushing’ effect of the massage is particularly beneficial to those undertaking a detox plan. It also helps those striving to reduce or cease their intake of alcohol or who are going through the process of giving up smoking.
Lucky for you, our Ripple Massage therapists have many years experience in delivering Lymphatic Massages. These massages help our clients maintain a healthy Lymphatic System and give them the best chance possible of avoiding more serious medical issues in the future.