If you haven’t heard, the lymphatic system has been getting a lot of attention from the beauty industry, especially as of late. Pioneered by Emil Vodder Ph.D. and his wife Estrid Vodder as early as the 1930s, people have been draining their lymph nodes for quite a while.
The Rise of Lymphatic Massages
However, you might have noticed lymphatic massage becoming increasingly popular in medspas and well, perhaps social media. It’s become a trend to film and post the process to promote specific locations that offer the service, and of course—the results.
It turns out that draining your lymph nodes is a trend. What’s the hype all about? Give it a try.
The Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is responsible for ridding the body of waste and toxins through organs and tissues. Lymph is a yellowish fluid that contains white blood cells that work to protect the body from infection. It’s carried by lymphatic vein-like vessels that are connected to nodes. These nodes then filter the lymph. The human body contains hundreds of them. They are all over the body, anywhere from the knees to the head.
Obstruction of this process can occur from sitting for long periods of time without the proper flow of blood and fluids. But, it also has more severe causes like injury, surgery, tumors, parasites, or infections.
Ways to Draining the Lymphatic System
Draining the lymphatic system allows for the essential lymph fluid to be circulated adequately through the body. It can be done in a variety of ways.
- Hydrate with water: Staying hydrated is important, but water helps explicitly to flush toxins from the body naturally.
- Nutrition: A healthy diet is optimal for maintaining high-quality lymph liquid to fight infections and strengthen the immune system. Incorporate foods rich in nutrients and low in chemicals or additives.
- Exercise: As exercise works to improve overall circulation and blood flow, it aids with the proper flow of lymphatic fluid.
- Lymphatic massage: It can be done at a salon, medspa, or manually. Performing manual lymphatic massage differs depending on the area of the body. Generally, long, light strokes are performed in the direction where the heart is in proximity to that section of the body.
Benefits of Lymphatic Draining
Because overall toxicity in the body is improved after lymphatic drainage, it can affect various aspects of health and the body.
- Medical benefits: Improvement for those who suffer from lymphedema, fibromyalgia, swelling, skin disorders, arthritis, stress, digestive issues, migraines, insomnia, fatigue, and more.
- Aesthetic benefits: Reduction in cellulite, water retention, the thickness of fat, and puffiness around the eyes and face.
It’s at least worth a shot. Lymphatic massage may be dangerous for anyone with a skin infection, blood clots, or active disease in the lymph drainage areas. For massages, consult with your physician to be sure it’s safe for you.