Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a therapeutic massage, which focus mainly on lymphatic system. Lymphatic system and cardiovascular system collectively known as circulatory system, which deals with the fluid movement of our body, and the body comprise 80% of fluid. All massage are indirectly focusing on drainage function of the body but, they are focusing on other systems in our body. Other systems like, muscular system, skeletal system, cardiovascular system etc. But in Lymphatic drainage Massage, the drainage strokes are modified scientifically in a way that promotes the drainage function of lymphatic system.

Our body is like a factory, which is having constant production using many raw materials and as a result it do have waste materials also. These waste materials must be removed from the body according to the demands from each part of it in a regular and balanced basis. Otherwise, this waste materials float in certain parts of the body and disturbs the normal physiological activities, balance of body temperature. When a person going through a hectic activity the muscles needs a high amount of energy, when the energy production happening more on a particular muscle, waste materials also will be high.

Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is the body’s waste disposal unit, draining excess fluids from the tissues, absorbing fats from the intestine and returning them to the blood. At the same time it helps fight diseases by producing lymphocytes. The lymphatic system consists of lymph, lymph vessels, lymphocytes and lymphatic organs. Lymph or lymph fluid is the excess fluid from the tissues and intestine. In the absence of a pump, it flows by a series of one way valves that move the fluid forward, aided by the activity of the skeletal muscles, pulsation of the neighboring arteries and suction from the respiratory system.

Lymph vessels, referred to as lymphatic form a dense network reaching out to all regions of the body. Smaller network join together to form larger lymphatic vessels until they link with two collection points :the thoracic duct and the right lymphatic duct located in the chest cavity. These ducts eventually open into the blood vessels of the neck where lymph drains into the cardiovascular system. The largest lymph vessel is the thoracic lymph vessel, which runs in front of the spine and empties into the left subclavian vein. The smaller, right lymphatic duct takes lymph from the upper right area of torso and empties into the right subclavian vein.

At various points along the system, lymph passes through small, bean shaped structures called lymph nodes that acts as filters, removing bacteria and large particles. Cluster of lymph nodes are found in certain areas of the body such as the armpits, groin, chest and abdomen. When the body fighting an infection these lymph nodes commonly become swollen as the immune system is activated. The nodes swell from their regular pea size to the size of marbles or larger, retracting after the infection.

Benefits of lymphatic massage

Anemic conditions, anemia is a condition where the blood is not able to supply the body, with adequate supply of oxygen. Anemia can be caused by lack of iron or the loss of large amount of blood and is often an indication of other physiological problems. It some times occurs during pregnancy, particularly if the mother is vegetarian which can result in iron deficiency. Some of the signs of anemia are tiredness, pale skin coloring, head aches and a tendency to feel cold. Lymphatic massage improves the client’s energy levels and adjust the anemic condition. It can improve the circulatory system and transports the oxygen, iron, vitamins, minerals, proteins etc. to the parts of the body is having deficiency of the same. Where the condition is due to blood loss. Apply the strokes using very slight pressure encourage venous flow. Fast reduction in anemic condition can be visible after lymphatic massage.

Weight Loss

A regular routine of lymphatic drainage massage reduces the fat content of the body. As the lymphatic system takes the extra fat towards the blood stream and lymphatic massage is widely used as part of weight loss treatment. With the specially made products as a medium of massage.

Water Retention

Lymphatic drainage massage reduces the fluid retention from the body as the fluid contains lots of waste materials.

Sensual relaxation

Lymphatic Drainage massage promotes sensual relaxation, which are always part of the relaxation massage. As lymphatic massage also creates a sense of touch. In fact all massage styles are technical application of touch.