Lymphatic Drainage Massage: Fad or Favorable?
With all the trendy, gimmicky wellness services out there, it’s difficult to differentiate what makes a real difference versus what’s a passing fad. Lymphatic Drainage Massage is currently one of the big beauty buzzwords out on the streets. But what is it exactly?
Our lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. However, that system often gets blocked up. As a result, your body may hold onto toxins that it doesn’t want. The lymphatic system eventually gets rid of it depending on your activity and hydration you provide your body with. However, the lymphatic drainage massage can help speed up the process of getting rid of toxins.
Getting a massage is one of the few indulgent self-care practices that you can justify spending your money on because it happens to be good for your health. Massages help stretch your muscles, promotes muscle recovery and can even be used to manage certain medical conditions. On top of it all, they’re incredibly relaxing and leave you feeling well-rested and happy.
What makes the lymphatic drainage massage different? It uses pressure to stimulate the lymph nodes to drain excess fluid. The massage therapist stretches your skin in order to allow for congestion, inflammation, deposits and debris to flow from the body. Technically your lymphatic system acts as your body’s biological filtration system, the belief is that by manually applying pressure to areas around your lymph nodes, this massage aids in the process of toxin-ridding.
Lymphatic drainage is especially helpful in reducing visible puffiness. It is beneficial after long flights, sedentary jobs and for anyone needing a boost of energy. Done properly, daily lymphatic drainage massages can help reduce the amount of lymph fluid and can provide relief for these individuals.
Some argue that lymphatic drainage massages may also benefit our immune system because they boost circulation for detoxifying your blood stream. While there’s no solid evidence in place currently, lymphatic drainage massages provide many benefits otherwise.
Getting a professional lymphatic drainage massage is recommended, but you can also help your body along by rolling out with a lacrosse ball or a foam roller, staying active, and massaging your face with a jade roller or your own hands. Drinking plenty of water is a big part of the process because well-hydrated tissue helps move out waste materials.
Make sure that when you’re choosing a therapist, you learn as much about their education as possible. Do consult with your doctor when looking for someone who is a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT), and preferable a physical or massage therapist with oncology or pathology training.