What is Lymphatic Therapy?

The lymphatic system is a vital part of the immune system consisting of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system’s veins and capillaries, lymphatic fluid, lymph nodes and lymphoid organs ( which include the spleen, thymus, appendix and tonsils). The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body where it is filtered by the lymph nodes to help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The clean lymph fluid is then returned to the blood stream.

The lymphatic system has no pump of its own and is dependent on the movement of our muscles to indirectly move the lymph fluid. Our lymphatic system becomes sluggish and congested, even clogged due to stress, lack of exercise, toxic debris, improper diet, prescription drugs, surgery, and many other reasons. This leads to impaired immunity and disease.

Lymphatic therapy decongests and moves the stagnant lymph fluid, improving your general health, strengthening your immune system and increasing your overall energy. It also increases your sense of well being as it turns off your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and turns on your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and healing) during the session.

Lymphatic therapy is also referred to as lymphatic drainage massage; however the word massage is a misnomer because the treatment is not what one would think of as a massage. The touch for lymphatic therapy is extremely light, like moving a rose petal on top of water. That is all that is needed to move the lymph fluid.

What to expect after the treatment: the reactions vary. Most everyone feels generally relaxed and experiences a greater sense of well-being initially. Sometimes there can be a detoxifying effect that happens later, headache, tiredness, body aches, loose bowels. Most of the time though, people continue to feel fine. It is important to follow instructions for after-session care, the most important of which is drinking plenty of water.

 

 

 
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As you can see from the diagram above, the lymphatic system is present throughout the entire body.