Lymphatic massage is a gentle, relaxing, potent healing modality that improves circulation and stimulates the lymph flow.
The lymphatic system absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and delivers these nutrients to the cells of the body then removes excess fluid and waste products from the interstitial spaces between the cells.
The lymphatic system aids the immune system in removing and destroying waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, toxins, and cancer cells. It depends on the movement of skeletal muscles to cause contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels which propels the lymph through the vessels.
A sluggish lymph flow caused by illness, injury or a sedentary lifestyle can cause inflammation, swelling and difficulty moving. As a major player in the body’s immune process, it makes sense that by waking up and stimulating the lymphatic system you radically improve your immune system function and overall health.
Lymphatic massage, also known as lymph drainage massage, is a type of gentle massage in a rhythmic, circular motion which is intended to encourage the natural movement of the lymph. It is a gentle, relaxing, yet potent healing modality that improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic flow which can reduce swelling and help detoxify the body. Increased lymph flow helps remove toxins and increase immune function. Lymphatic massage can be helpful to people experiencing an injury, edema, or a sluggish immune system. By stimulating the lymph system, you dramatically improve your chances of staying healthy.
More Information about the Lymphatic System
The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a clear and colorless fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system’s veins and capillaries. The vessels are connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered. There are hundreds of lymph nodes in the human body. They are located deep inside the body, such as around the lungs and heart, or closer to the surface, such as under the arm or groin.
The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system.
The spleen, which is located on the left side of the body just above the kidney, is the largest lymphatic organ. It controls the amount of red blood cells and blood storage in the body and helps to fight infection. If the spleen detects potentially dangerous bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms in the blood. It creates white blood cells called lymphocytes, which act as defenders against invaders. The lymphocytes produce antibodies to kill the foreign microorganisms and stop infections from spreading. Humans can live without a spleen, although people who have lost their spleen to disease or injury are more prone to infections.
The thymus is located in the chest just above the heart. This small organ stores immature lymphocytes and prepares them to become active T cells, which help destroy infected or cancerous cells.
Tonsils are large clusters of lymphatic cells found in the pharynx. They are the body’s “first line of defense” as part of the immune system. They sample bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth or nose. They sometimes become infected, and although tonsillectomies occur much less frequently today than they did in the 1950s, it is still among the most common operations performed and typically follows frequent throat infections.
Plasma leaves the body’s cells once it has delivered its nutrients and removed debris. Most of this fluid returns to the venous circulation through tiny blood vessels called venules and continues as venous blood. The remainder becomes lymph.
Unlike blood, which flows throughout the body in a continuous loop, lymph flows in only one direction, toward the heart. Lymphatic vessels connect to two subclavian veins, which are located on either side of the neck near the collarbones, and the fluid re-enters the circulatory system.