Lymphatic drainage massage requires special training, has a very light touch, and pays particular attention to help drain down the lymphatic system, which is the body’s waste disposal system. It also helps drain fluids that may be stuck in different parts of the body ant are not draining away.
The body may become clogged and blocked because the lymphatic system has no connection to the heart, therefore when you are tired or ill it can become sluggish, and an excess of waste material can remain at different sites in the body.
The lymphatic drainage massage helps move the lymph (fluid of the lymphatic system) along the drainage corridors and stimulates the lymph nodes (processing plants of the lymph and immune reactions), cleaning out the system.
This can be very beneficial for people who have sluggish skins, have had lymph nodes removed through cancer treatment, elephantitis or fluid accumulation. Air crew often get fluid retention and become tired or have had too much travel and not enough time to take care of themselves.
Lymphatic drainage massage is also very good from time to time as a process of cleansing and decontaminating and decongesting the body, eliminating toxins and allowing the body systems to flow naturally, particularly if you are doing a body cleanse.
The great thing about lymphatic drainage is that once excess waste has been drained, it leaves more room for oxygenated blood, white blood cells and healing repair mechanisms to carry out their daily job.
For people with chronic lymphedema or who may have fluid accumulation from injury we may also prescribe herbs to increase lymphatic drainage and fluid expulsion.
All lymphatic drainage massage treatments are carried out at our massage clinic in Sydney by Dr Tracie O’Keefe, DCH, BHSc, ND, who has more than 30 years’ experience as a massage therapist.