Lymphatic drainage is specialised massage type that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. During a lymph drainage massage, a massage therapist uses a series of gliding, compressing, stretching, and cupping motions over the client’s body. The light rhythmic movements, applied without massage oil, stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels – allowing lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes.
People may benefit from lymphatic drainage to treat a wide array of disorders, such a:
– edema, which may be the result of traumatic injury, menstrual problems or skin disorders.
– skin disorders, such as acne, rosacea, eczema and seborrhea
– metabolic problems, including fatigue, sleep disorders, chronic pain and stress
– gastrointestinal issues, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), celiac and Crohn’s disease
– rheumatology disorders, like arthritis and osteoporosis
– neurologic problems such as migraines and vertigo