A Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialised form of gentle massage that promotes the flow of lymph fluid through the body.
The lymphatic system flows all throughout the body, and transports mainly white blood cells as part of the body's immune system. It helps regulate inflammation and the immune response, and removes waste and toxins from the body. Certain health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing a buildup in certain areas - also known as lymphedema. Examples include swollen ankles after a long-haul flight, or a swollen arm after breast cancer treatment.
A Lymphatic Drainage Massage, also known simply as Lymphatic Drainage, can assist in:
Supporting and maintaining a healthy immune system
Preparing the tissue for surgical intervention
Help assist drainage pain and swelling post-surgery
Supporting the nervous system
A Lymphatic Drainage Massage can be beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions, as well as in preventive health maintenance. It has been shown to be particularly beneficial for those recovering from respiratory infections, chronic fatigue, and also for the physically inactive; or recuperation from long illness or surgery; and ongoing rehabilitation such as cancer treatment plans. Massage during treatment may lift your mood and lower your stress response.
The treatment is administered by a specially qualified Lymphatic Drainage Massage Specialist who uses touch techniques which are gentle, specific and non-invasive.