Have you ever heard of the Lymphatic System? If not, you are not alone. Most people have no idea what it is or how it works! The lymphatic system regulates our immunity. Immunity is our ability to fight off viruses and infections. If you want to know more about how you can improve the performance of your immune system, keep reading…
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues, vessels and nodes that help the body get rid of toxins, waste and other impurities. The primary function of the lymphatic system, it to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body and is integral in our ability to fight off diseases.
How does it work?
Whatever waste the body doesn’t get rid of via potty breaks or sweating, it gets moved to the interstitial fluid which is right below the surface of the skin. From there, the lymphatic fluid travels thru lymph vessels to areas with lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are small structures that work as filters for harmful substances. The lymph nodes have immune cells that help fight infections
Lymph nodes are located in our:
- top of thighs
Lastly, once the waste reaches the lymph nodes, it is then filtered by the nodes. The resulting clean lymph fluid with its immune cells go back into our body.
What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
A lymphatic drainage massage is a massage technique that uses very gentle pressure to stimulate the lymph nodes to drain excess fluid. During a lymphatic drainage massage, a massage therapist gently stretches your skin in order to allow congestion, deposits and debris to flow from the body. This gentle motion, helps the fluid reach the lymph nodes for filtering. The lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump. It relies on our own movements to drive the lymph fluid to the nodes… that’s why exercise is good for us. That exercise movement helps the lymph fluid travel around our bodies.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
There are other benefits from boosting your immune system. Other benefits of lymphatic drainage massage include:
- anti aging
- reduces cellulite
- reduce swelling
- weight loss
- improves sleep
- helps with breastfeeding
- reduces stress
- promotes relaxation
- fights fatigue
DIY Lymphatic Massage
You do not have to go to a massage therapist to get a lymphatic drainage massage. In fact, there are many “self lymphatic drainage massage” videos on YouTube that shows you how to do it yourself. My favorite body lymphatic drainage massage is from my beautiful friend Gigi Vogel from De La Heart. She has created a lymphatic massage tool that makes it so easy and enjoyable. Check our her video and her tool:
All you need to give yourself a lymphatic drainage massage is the De la Heart tool and some cream or body oil. I suggest applying the cream in one body part and start there. If you put cream all over, it will be absorbed and you will have to reapply. Use the tool to give yourself gentle strokes in the direction of your heart for about 7 to 10 times per body part. I try to do it every day in my legs and after a month, I have noticed a huge improvement in the cellulite I have in the back on my thighs.
Ready to start a lymphatic massage drainage regimen? Check out Gigi’s store:
I love giving myself lymphatic massages with this tool. There are just so many benefits to get from a simple 10 minute ritual! I bought Gigi’s kit about a month ago and I have been massaging my legs every other day. Since I started, I have noticed a reduction in the appearance of cellulite in the back of my thighs and also look thinner …or rather not bloated – if that is a thing.
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