Lymphatic Drainage: What Is It and How Can It Improve Your Health?
There has been a lot of hype about lymphatic drainage in the media lately. But what does it actually do for you?
From toning muscles to detoxifying the body, the claims surrounding lymphatic drainage are impressive and intriguing.
WHAT ARE LYMPHATICS?
Described as a subsystem of the circulatory system, your lymphatics run around the entire body running parallel to your blood vessels and supporting immunity. Made up of a whole network of vessels and nodes, the fluid that runs through your lymphatics is known as lymph.
Lymph is a fluid that contains a mix of water, fats, salts, glucose, proteins, and white blood cells – aka the infection-fighting powerhouse. The main function of lymph is to eliminate toxins, pathogens, and waste from the body, travelling in one direction only – towards the heart.
This is where lymphatic drainage comes in…
With toxins and harmful bacteria at every turn, you can imagine our lymphatic system gets overworked from time to time. Lymphatic drainage is said to speed-up this process by supporting the natural detoxification process of your system.
Signs that may indicate lymphatic congestion:
- Mental fog
- Compromised immunity & frequent sickness
- Swelling & fluid retention
- Cellulite & stretch marks
- Swollen glands
- Dry or itchy skin
- Tiredness & fatigue
- Cold extremities (hands & feet)
- Unexplained weight gain
HOW TO DRAIN YOUR LYMPHATICS
Certified lymphedema therapists use long, light-pressured, rhythmic strokes to physically aid the lymphatic drainage process.
2. GUA SHA
Used on the face and entire body, the gua sha is specifically shaped to get deep into all your body’s nooks & crannies so that it can help eliminate congested lymph. Always move towards the heart when doing this yourself.
3. DRY BODY BRUSHING
Ancient people used this technique long before it became a modern fad. Especially useful for skin-associated lymphatic issues, when using a body brushwork always towards the heart for 5-10 minutes a day.
5. DEEP BREATHING
Breath experts claim that when the body does not breathe properly, it does not work properly… and this goes for your lymphatic system as well. Slow, deep inhalations and exhalations may actually help “pump” lymph around the body. So, take time in your day to breathe deeply—it’s good for your health!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?
- Boosts immunity to fight off bacteria and infections
- Reduces lymphoedema (which is just the fancy term for lymphatic swelling & fluid retention) – usually occurring around the arms and legs
- Speeds up metabolism and digestion
- Minimizes the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite
- Cleanses skin to help clear pores and acne spots
- Helps balance hormones
- Aids recovery and tissue regeneration post-surgery
Now with a list of benefits like that, we think we’re finally starting to understand the “cult-like” lymphatic drainage obsession. In fact, we’re completely converted!
Experience this amazing 60-minute immune-boosting experience at Azure Palm Hot Springs Spa. Dry skin brushing towards the heart will increase blood circulation and promote detoxification through the lymphatic system. The lymphatic massage concludes with a soothing lavender lotion application. Book your appointment today!