Lymphatic Drainage Massage is it for you?
But first things first, what is Lymphatic Drainage Massage? Do couples need it? Or a better question yet is do you need it as an individual or as a couple? I’ll try to explain what Lymphatic Drainage Massage is but I’ll try not to make it to technical but will consider not exclude some important information.
Lymph System Basics: Let’s start from lymph, is the interstitial fluid that flows in the Lymphatic system, starting from the lymph capillaries then going to lymph vessels then to lymph nodes. There’s an average of two (2) – three (3) liters of lymph are filtered in the lymph system per day. The lymph vessels are responsible for filtering fats, bacteria, viruses and other substances.
While the basic function of Lymph nodes is to purify the lymph it also produces lymphocytes that eliminates damaging matter in our system thus playing a big part in our immune system. Thus better flow of lymph means a better immune system.
History: The Lymphatic Drainage Massage is originally invented in the 1930’s. A bit a long time already, though I personally only heard this massage a few months ago when I try to research what other massage types that a couple can have. Giving thanks to Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife Dr. Estrid Vodder, who tried to understand much further the lymph system during that time to treat chronic colds. A big risk for them most especially during those times tampering with the Lymphatic system is considered as Taboo. They invented a cautious hand massage that promotes lymph flow.
Benefits: This type of massage essentially is beneficial to everyone most especially for those who want to improve their energy level or poor immune system.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage can also be used to treat other problems like sports injuries, scars from injuries, skin characteristics and the common cancers to females, breast cancer. For Sports injuries it is usually applied after the period of inflammation where a minor edema is visible. By this type of massage it will help the tissue to regenerate by keeping healthy.
For newly forming scars it should be done properly not to be done to close to this area to avoid keloid formation, therapist will usually do it above the scar to the nearest lymph node to promote a better flow of lymph.
For skin treatment it us usually done on the face area to improve the flow of lymph, having a good flow helps the skin to rejuvenate and look fresh. Common treatment done on the face is for having puffy eyes when you wake-up in the morning. Just a few strokes will help drain the water in your eyes in just minutes.
For people who have been treated for breast cancer care should be done by the therapist not to make the cancer cells spread to other parts of the body. Consultation with your doctor should be done or collaboration between the therapist and the doctor is highly suggested.
Warnings: Even there are lots of benefits from Lymphatic Drainage Massage caution should always be considered most especially for cases of acute inflammation, malignant tumors and heart problems. Consultation is needed if this type of massage can be applied.
General: In most cases if you are not suffering from any deceases mentioned above or other types there should be no problems. We believe Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a type of massage that couples can enjoy because of its benefits. But if you’re in doubt consult your doctor first.