Manual lymph drainage is a light technique which helps to re-circulate body fluids, stimulate the immune system, and promote relaxation and balance in the autonomic nervous system. By stimulating the lymphatic system in congested areas, it cleanses the body of stagnant waste products, pathogens, and debris at a cellular level. It helps in the reduction of swelling (edemas) and regeneration of tissues (burns and scarring) as well as reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, allergies, acne, and other conditions. Lymph drainage therapy is peaceful and meditative to receive. You may feel a gentle pulling or pulse during the treatment; afterwards, it is common to feel lighter, refreshed, and quite thirsty! Drink plenty of water before and after your session to alleviate possible detoxification reactions.
The lymphatic system is responsible for picking up practically all the body’s wastes as well as foreign objects such as viruses and bacteria, which it transports to the lymph nodes to be broken down by immune cells. Sometimes due to injury, illness, physical inactivity or tension, the lymphatic system can get overwhelmed and backlogged, which can lead to immune problems, brain fog, achiness, or swelling. Manual lymphatic drainage helps decongest the area and get the fluid moving again. It’s very light – too much pressure actually closes the capillaries – but it’s very effective at reducing inflammation and edema associated with injuries or surgery, auto-immune disorders, and allergies. As a side benefit, it’s extremely calming to the nervous system.