Lymphatic drainage is a type of therapeutic, detoxifying bodywork popular in Europe. Lymphatic drainage is a holistic approach to promoting a healthy lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses or other toxins. Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism.
Lymphatic drainage therapy consists of light touch massage. The treatment primarily focuses on specific lymph nodes of the body, as well as the natural flow of the lymphatic system. This action removes blockages in the lymph system and promotes greater health.
When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, lymph nodes may become swollen. Further, the system fails to remove the body’s toxins and can even affect white blood cell counts. Lymphatic drainage promotes health in the lymphatic system as well as other bodily systems such as the circulatory, respiratory, muscular and endocrine systems. It can reduce the swelling of specific lymph nodes and their related areas of the body.
I incorporate lymphatic work into treatments as it is clinically indicated. It excels at treating swellings, edema, and immune problems. It is extremely relaxing, like massage and acupuncture.