The lymphatic system is the “waste management” system of the body. Its primary role is to mobilize metabolic and cellular waste through a series of nodes to cleanse and remove this waste. By the time lymph fluid has been processed through the lymph node and vessel network, this fluid has been thoroughly cleansed and returned to the cardiovascular system via the superior vena cava.
Massage therapy promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety, promotes well-being to combat depression, and has been useful in treating hyperactivity disorders. These effects can bring ease to mind and body of detoxing patients to further aid their efforts (6).
Ula Katsoulis is a Philadelphia craniosacral therapist who has been studying and practicing holistic healing methods since 1994. As a licensed massage therapist in both Pennsylvania and New York, Ula will share with you how massage can act as a beneficial way to flush out body toxins and boost your body’s immune system.
Lymphatic drainage massage or treatment uses gentle, repetitive strokes to facilitate the lymphatic system. It is a specialised massaged that is sometimes referred to as a ‘detox massage’, supporting your body’s internal filtration system to help keep your immune system in check.
How to perform a lymphatic drainage massage.
People can receive lymphatic massages from trained professionals, or they can learn basic drainage techniques to use at home. However, it is best to speak to a doctor before either trying this at home or going to a professional.
In this article, we explain the benefits of lymphatic massage, the people who may benefit from using it, and how they can prepare for and perform this type of massage at home.