With Karen our Registered Massage Therapist returning to clinic next week, we wanted to showcase how a certain type of massage can contribute to your immune resilience!

There is a lot of hype around lymphatic drainage massage, but what is it and how can it help you?  Follow along!

But first, a message from Karen herself!

 

“I trust that you are all well.  With all that has gone on with the COVID-19 virus, our world as we know it, has changed.  With these changes we are all trying to get our needs met.

Moving forward, massage therapy may be helpful and supportive of those needs. 

Whether it’s for stress reduction, pain reduction and management, to promote healing, circulatory health, or to help an injury.  Massage can truly transform your health.” 

-Karen,

your trusted Registered Massage Therapist

 

The Lymphatic System Explained

It’s important to explain the functions of the lymphatic system to understand why lymph massage can be beneficial.

The lymphatic system (or lymphoid system) is an organ system that is apart of the circulatory system and an integral part of your immune system.  It is made up of a large network of lymphatic vessels, lymphoid organs and lymphoid tissues.  The vessels carry a fluid called ‘lymph’ towards your heart.  This fluid has many important roles.  It carries nutrients to cells but more importantly, collects waste products, bacteria and dead cells to the lymphatic vessels and organs to be filtered and excreted (1).

Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have it’s own pump to circulate the fluid throughout the body.  It requires movement and stimulation from the body to function optimally.  There are many ways to promote the circulation of your lymph including: yoga, walking, exercise, dry skin brushing, deep breathing and massage!

 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body.

As discussed above, the fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues.  Massaging the lymph organs and nodes with the correct approach can promote this process.  Karen knows this method very well.

 

But what are the benefits and who can it help?

Lymphatic drainage massage can help people who are experiencing the following (2):

  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • stress and anxiety
  • digestive issues
  • arthritis
  • migraine episodes
  • skin disorders
  • swelling or edema
  • fibromyalgia
  • lymphedema

 

Benefits of lymphatic drainage massage

 

  1.  Strengthened Immune System

One of the main benefits of the lymph system is the removal of harmful waste and toxins from the body. For this to occur, lymph has to be flowing smoothly. If you’ve been experiencing frequent colds, your lymph nodes could be the culprit. Try lymphatic drainage massage to improve your immunity and feel better.

  1.   Increased Energy 

Many people report experiencing increased energy after a lymphatic drainage treatment. It can last for a few hours, and sometimes even a few days. Some choose to incorporate manual lymphatic drainage into their weekly or monthly massages for this great boost of energy.  Ask Karen to demonstrate how you can preform this at home to promote lymph circulation on a daily basis!

  1.   Improved Sleep

Lymphatic drainage massage can reduce pain, stress and promote healing.  This relaxing form of massage can put the body into parasympathetic mode.  This is the rest and digest mode that the body prefers and can help it ease into sleep.

  1.   Resolved Sinus Issues

Lymphatic drainage massage can relieve congestive issues. When lymph is not flowing properly, you may experience sinus or allergy issues. Draining the lymph nodes that work with the sinuses can help get everything flowing smoothly again and offer some much needed relief.

  1.   Post Surgery Support

Lymph massages have been known to stimulate healing and regenerate tissue at a scar site after surgery. In addition, it can support the body with detoxification and reduce swelling – both issues that may occur post surgery. Once you’ve been cleared by your doctor, book a massage with our qualified, lymphatic drainage-trained therapists.

 

Need an appointment?

Karen will be available for appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting June 10th!  We recommend booking as soon as possible as her time is valued by many and spots get scooped up quickly!!

Book online, or call 604-688-1169.

 

Resources:

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphatic_system

(2) https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324518