Lymphatic massage is a type of massage therapy. It helps to clear the lymphatic system by removing toxins and wastes. It can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and reduce stress hormones that are often associated with pain. A lymphatic massage therapist will use their hands or other parts of their body to apply pressure to your skin. They will use circular motions over the areas of your body that have lymph nodes, such as your abdomen.
It can also be called Lymphatic drainage, because it is a form of therapeutic bodywork that helps to clear the lymph nodes and drain them. There are many benefits to this type of therapy, including improved immune system function and increased energy levels. Some people who have difficulties with digestion or immune system problems may benefit from this type of therapy.
Benefits of lymphatic massages
Aesthetic or beauty-related benefits:
This type of massages is a treatment for various illnesses, injuries, and other health problems that help to improve the immune system. It is known to have many more physical or aesthetic benefits. These include detoxification of the body, weight management, improved skin condition, reducing swelling in the body parts and joints, increased energy levels etc.
The benefits of lymphatic massage are endless and can be purely medical too like reducing swelling, cellulite, and edema. This type of treatment is also known to reduce headaches, sinus pressure, and tension in the neck and shoulders. It can also decrease pain caused by arthritis or fibromyalgia.
It has also been shown to promote have mental benefits too, like mental clarity; this type of massage helps prevent blood clots that may cause heart attacks or stroke and it increases energy levels and decreases fatigue. There are many more benefits of lymphatic massage which we will elaborate on in the following section.
It supports healthier sleep cycles, reduces the chances of having an infection, increases blood flow to joints and muscles, removes waste from cells, prevents fat accumulation, is beneficial for weight loss and also enhances joint mobility. The treatment can provide temporary relief for people with chronic conditions such as asthma or arthritis.
Studies show that this therapy can help alleviate the symptoms of upper respiratory infections in children while reducing the severity and duration of congestion in adults.
How is a lymphatic massage done or performed ?
The key is to find a therapist who has studied this type of bodywork in depth and received training in how to make it work best for each person. It is a treatment that can be done by a qualified therapist or self-applied with assistance of someone else.
When it is self applied it should be at least two hours of time after a good physical exercise before the application begins. However there are cases where lymphatic massage might cause discomfort in particular individuals because of some autoimmune disease or injury that has not healed yet.
It can be done through rubbing, manual manipulation and/or by use of apparatus such as a vacuum pump or hydrotherapy jets.
Risks of lymphatic massages :
There aren’t many risks associated with lymphatic massages however it is sometimes known to cause adverse effects such as skin irritation and abrasions. It is also not recommended for people with blood clotting disorders or certain skin conditions.
Keep in mind that the practice of lymphatic massage can be dangerous if not done properly. In order to avoid bad outcomes or complications caused by lymphatic massages, it is important for the practitioner to have a sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as first aid. Additionally, they should have a good working knowledge of other techniques that can be used for a similar purpose such as deep tissue massage and acupressure.
One of the main risks of lymphatic massage is infection risk due to unsterilized tools used by the therapist or clinic not following proper sanitation standards or due to improper hygiene practices by clients themselves (i.e., skipping showers after sessions).
Another important risk that we should mention is the risk of infection. You don’t want to infect the massage therapist with something they could pass on to their next client, so it’s important to shower before your appointment and avoid contact with people who have colds or other illnesses.
And finally, remember that you might dislodge a lymph node. This can happen because as the therapist works around those nodes, it squeezes them in order to drain them and sometimes those nodes pop out, which can be very painful.
The benefits of lymphatic massage can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and they may outweigh the risks, but the serious possible complications should still be considered before embarking on this process.
Lymphatic massage is usually done in conjunction with other types of massage, including Swedish or deep tissue. Lymphatic massage can be done at various levels of intensity, depending on an individual’s needs and tolerances. Some light touch may be all that’s needed to stimulate the flow while more aggressive techniques may address serious blockages.