HOW DOES IT WORK?
The lymphatic system is responsible for helping fluid and waste leave the body and for regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, fluids build up and stagnate, causing the entire system to become toxic, making us feel sluggish and more susceptable to viral or contagious diseases.
By stimulating this system through massage, it works more efficiently, which in turn boosts the immune system, clears blockages, eliminates toxins, transports nutrients to the cells and increases the metabolism.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
Lymphatic drainage is essentially a form of massage carried out by a specialist practitioner. The first session involves a consultation to determine the clients needs and, at that point, the number and frequency of future sessions is decided upon. Unlike some other forms of massage, lymphatic drainage utilises a very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. The process can take anywhere between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
After a treatment you may feel the need to urinate more initially, which is a good sign showing that the excess fluid is being released from the body. Due to its detoxifying effects, after the first couple of treatments, some people may experience, tiredness, headaches, flu like symptoms or a feeling of slight nausea, this should not last for more than 24 hours and will be greatly reduced if plenty of water is consummed. A feeling of profound relaxation is also experienced after a treatment and an increase in energy levels may be felt. Oedema will also be lessened.
WHEN SHOULD IT BE AVOIDED?
Lymphatic drainage should not be carried out on those whom have acute inflammation, thrombosis or major heart problems. Because of its effect on the immune system people with cancer, diabetes, thyroid, kidney problems or epilepsy should seek medical advice before treatment.