Your massage specialist uses very light pressure and gentle, rhythmic strokes to promote lymphatic drainage which aims to reduce toxins within the body.
Lymphatic facials and lymphatic body massage have been around for nearly a century. Medical literature supports the use of lymphatic massage for its ability to accelerate the flow within the body’s lymphatic system. It was first developed in 1932 by a Danish physiotherapist named Dr. Emil Vodder during his stay in France.
A lymphatic massage helps encourage the lymphatic fluid to get moving and drain as needed, supporting the healthy functioning of the immune system overall. It also has a beautifying effect by reducing swelling caused by water retention within the face and body. This can give the face in particular a puffy appearance that can be alleviated with lymph drainage techniques performed by a masseuse that understands how to do the proper method of lymph massage.
The body’s lymph system is part of the immune system. It helps, in part, to fight infection and clear toxins from the body. Lymph fluid is a clear fluid, often with a natural yellow-is hue. This fluid is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells, picking up toxins that have built up in the body along the way, then flushing them by way of the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes contain specialized cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes that break down pathogens and cellular waste. Once disposed of by the body, the clean lymph fluid returns to the lymph ducts by way of the veins.
Functions of the blood vessels and everyday muscle movements help to get the lymph fluid moving so it can do its job rather than staying stagnant. However, the lymph system does not have a pump, so at times lymphatic blockages may occur. Lymphatic massage manually stimulates lymph movement (lymphangiomotorcity) and drainage.
Anyone with mild swelling that is not caused by serious underlying medical issues requiring other intervention may reap the benefits of lymphatic massage. Those with sedentary lifestyles, such as office workers, can find the treatment helps to promote better lymph flow. Diets that are high in sugar, fats, protein, and coffee drinks may also slow the lymphatic system, as well as not drinking enough water each day. A lymphatic massage has a fast-acting effect to get the lymph flowing the way it should.
Gentle and slow hand movements are used throughout the MLD treatment. While manual lymphatic massage (MLD) is generally a relaxing experience, some people find that lymphatic drainage of the body can leave them feeling a bit tired or sluggish afterward. This is temporary. You may want to take it easy for the day following your Austin lymph massage treatment. It’s best to listen to your body and give yourself time to ease back into routine activities. However, most clients certainly do feel well enough to return to work or daily activities following the treatment. A lymphatic drainage massage may also increase thirst, so replenish by drinking plenty of water as needed. Drinking water also helps the body flush out toxins naturally.
Not everyone is a good candidate for manual lymph drainage. Certain medical conditions may not make the procedure a good fit. At Aloe Skin + Body, our dedicated lymph massage specialists want to ensure the safety and efficacy of every treatment that we offer. The following are the main contraindications of lymphatic drainage massage:
Other limitations may apply.
Your lymphatic massage can be combined with other beautifying and therapeutic services for a fully customized treatment that helps our clients look and feel their best, from head to toe.
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