HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE A HEALTHIER YOU WITH LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE.

Manual lymphatic drainage is a specialized massage performed by trained practitioners. This massage technique helps to stimulate lymph flow to move lymph from the tissues to the lymph nodes and filter out waste and toxins. It is a very different technique to Swedish or remedial massage. It involves light, rhythmic, circular movements with fingertips and hands, focusing on the lymphatic system. It is incredibly relaxing, leaving you rejuvenated and energized.

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In our body, we have twice as much lymph as blood. People are generally more familiar with blood and the function of the circulatory system. The function of the lymphatic system is to collect, remove, and filter out waste and toxins from tissues in our body. Lymph is a colorless fluid, the clear fluid you find in a blister. The lymphatic system vessels run parallel to the blood capillaries however the lymphatic system does not have a pump to move the lymph. The movement of lymph and detoxification of tissues is dependent on muscle contractions and deep breathing. The lymphatic channels collect and deliver waste to the lymph nodes which are full of white blood cells, and are located throughout the body just under the skin varying in size from a pinhead to 1cm in diameter. One of the best things that move lymph along is a good belly laugh. This also helps to boost immunity. Happier people are healthier people.

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In healthy people, who exercise regularly and drink 2 liters of clear filtered water every day, the lymphatic system does an efficient job at removing toxins and filtering out waste to keep us healthy. When people become sick with a cold for example, the lymph nodes swell with the high activity of white blood cells which are responsible for seeking out and neutralizing the invading virus or bacteria. Lymph is made up of mostly water, which is why doctors tell you to drink plenty of water when you are ill, so that you can “flush” out the toxins. Processed food, drinks that contains preservatives, artificial colors, high amount of salt and sugar, hormones, stress and illness have a direct impact on the lymphatic system and how your skin appears.

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Stagnant or poor flowing lymph is the result of insufficient water consumption and lack of exercise. Sluggish lymphatic system can cause the fluid to build up causing water retention in the skin, swelling and pain. When the lymph is sluggish and the toxins start to build up, the body will try to eliminate the waste through the skin. This can present as large, spiky blackheads that seem to appear overnight and are usually located over the major lymph channels on the temples, cheeks, jawline, neck and back. If the skin becomes overloaded with toxins, the pinhead lymph nodes located in the skin around the jawline, neck, outer cheeks, shoulder and back will swell and become sore. From the surface this looks like a “blind pimple” a red, sore swollen nodule. Most people mistake this as acne, and try to squeeze it out which destroys skin tissue and only results in more pain, inflammation, secondary infection and scarring.

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Regular exercise, eating healthy and drinking lots of water will keep the lymph flowing and keep the skin clear. If however you find you are breaking out, have puffiness in the face or swelling on the body because of fluid retention, or you are on a detoxifying or weight reduction programme, manual lymphatic drainage will help move the lymph along, remove waste and detoxify helping to improve the symptoms. Manual lymphatic drainage for the face is especially good for reducing puffy eyes, sinus congestion and toxic breakouts such as “blind pimples” and “acne”. A full body lymphatic drainage can help people recover from colds and flu, minimize fluid retention, improve the appearance of cellulite and assist weight loss.

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