Imagine a treatment that could improve your immune system, make your skin look fresh, reduce swelling in your ankles, lessen feelings of anxiety and depression and stimulate your immune system. Sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? Fear not, such a treatment actually exists. It’s called lymphatic massage.
Lymphatic massage uses a light touch to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system. It is also called Manual Lymphatic Massage or Lymphatic Drainage Massage and has been used since the 1930’s to treat a number of health conditions. A healthy lymphatic system is crucial to the functioning of a healthy body. Blockages can occur in the lymph system. This can be due to surgery, poor diet, lack of exercise, fatigue or certain medications.
The lymphatic system is a complex network of tissues, organs and vessels. It is responsible for transporting a watery fluid called lymph that protects the body from viruses and other infections. It also flushes out toxins and unwanted waste. If the lymphatic system is not working properly it can lead to swelling, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, cramps, frequent infections and fluid retention.
Lymphatic massage can be especially helpful during breast cancer treatment. It can help reduce pain and swelling and improve the function of healthy breast tissue. Fibromyalgia patients have also seen improvement from this form of treatment.
So what should you expect from the massage itself? Often our Sanoviv guests wonder if they are receiving any benefit at all because the touch is so light. Do not be fooled! It is this light, circular, rhythmic movement that helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and increases the flow of lymph in order to release blockages. The overall experience should be one of gentle relaxation, leaving you with a sense of well-being. Sometimes only one treatment is needed. For example, someone coming down with a cold might choose to get a lymphatic massage to assist their body in hastening the healing process. A series of massages might be indicated for someone who is having surgery. Before surgery it helps to ensure a healthy lymph system. After surgery it can help reduce swelling and scarring.
With so many applications and benefits, Lymphatic Massage can be considered a go-to treatment whenever you want to give your immune system a little boost. After all, a healthy lymph system is one of the foundations of overall good health.