The lymphatic system plays an important role in our immune guarding and protection. We can promote better body detoxification by improving lymphatic circulation.
Lymphatic Massage/Drainage has become a hot topic in the massage community recently, but the technique has been around for quite some time.
The lymphatic system carries waste products throughout the body so that they can later be excreted. Lymphatic congestion happens when too many of these toxins and waste products build up in the lymphatic system and the lymph fluid can no longer flow properly.
There are many signs and symptoms of a congested lymphatic system such as acne, headaches, brain fog, digestive problems, fatigue, edema (swelling), and, of course, lymphedema.
Lymphatic Drainage is the process of usual strokes on the surface of the skin to promote lymph flow and manually "break up" any congested areas. This allows toxins to be excreted as opposed to being stuck in the body.
Many patients with lymphedema, specifically, see visual results after even one session.
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Why Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymphatic drainage is a great form of self-care, but it is also a tool that can be used to treat a variety of conditions and help manage unpleasant symptoms. Below is a list of some conditions lymphatic drainage can benefit:
Autoimmune Conditions (Lupus, thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation (tummy tuck, breast augmentation, etc.)
Post-Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction
Post-Partum and Partum Swelling/Discomfort
Psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions
I had never had a lymph massage before and was skeptical if it would work. I have always had swelling in my ankles and knees due to scar tissue. After three sessions, the swelling was gone and has not returned.
After each session, I did feel nauseous for a few hours but felt better the next day. Some people have this reaction due to toxins being released. My swelling has not returned and I no longer feel puffy in my feet and legs.
It is very hard to describe what a lymphatic drainage massage is, but I can easily attest to its effectiveness. I've gone to Yvonne several times for lymph massages, and each time, I fall asleep during the massage because it is so relaxing, but then I also feel all the toxins getting drained and released throughout my body. I typically feel revived with new energy within 24 hours. The end result is similar to getting a deep tissue massage - without any pain or discomfort...
Since I also suffer from a chronic, incurable illness, I schedule lymphatic drainage massages with Yvonne every few months. Her bedside manner is professional, yet friendly. Don't be fooled by her quiet demeanor - she really knows her science and is quite the expert in her field! I plan on being a patient for many years.