Do you get a lot of infections? Do you suffer from allergies? Do you have digestive or bowel problems? What about bags under the eyes? Skin problems? You could benefit from a lymphatic massage as part of your natural body detox.
Your lymph system is in effect your body’s waste disposal system. It is a complex system of liquid, tiny vessels and lymph nodes that collects the toxic waste from each cell and delivers it into the blood circulation system. It eventually ends up in the liver to be detoxed mainly via the bowel or the kidneys.
What is Lymph?
Lymph is the fluid that bathes every cell in your body. Approximately half of the lymph formed in the body is formed in the liver. Another reason to keep your liver healthy with liver detox.
It is your lymph system that carries fat, proteins, nutrients and hormones to all the cells in your body. It contains the cells of the immune system. Your tonsils, adenoids, thymus, and spleen are part of your lymphatic system.
Additionally, there is some very important lymph tissue in the gut known as GALT (gut associated lymph tissue). It plays an important part in defending you against bacteria and viruses that enter the digestive system and helps to prevent allergic responses to food.
There is about twice as much lymph fluid in your body as your blood and twice as many vessels. But it does not have its own pump like your heart. The circulation of lymph in your body depends on the movement of your muscles and diaphragm and the pulsing of your arteries. This is why regular exercise and proper breathing is so important.
If the lymph system is not kept moving it becomes stagnant and toxic waste builds up causing blockages. Likewise if the detox organs are not working well the lymph can get clogged with waste products.This leads to infections, allergies, swellings, skin problems, pain, fatigue, poor general health and even cancer.
A lymphatic massage can help with natural body detox and have a powerful effect on your health.The things it can do for you include:
- Helps your body fight infection
- Helps with digestion and bowel problems
- Reduces swellings and puffiness
- Improves the appearance and health of the skin
- Speeds up healing of scars
- Gives relief from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, sinus problems
- General wellbeing
Manual Lymph Drainage
There are a number of different types of lymphatic massage that can help with body detox. One of the most common is manual known as MLD ( Manual Lymph Drainage).
There are a number of different techniques used for this including Vodder, Földi, Leduc or Casley-Smith. A lymph massage is very much lighter than most other types of massage techniques.
Electro Lymphatic Treatment
Although not a true massage Electro Lymphatic Treatment is said to be 12 times more effective than manual lymph massage. It works at a deeper level without applying any pressure to the skin.
The treatment is based on Quantum Physics, using electric energy to stimulate the lymph flow and a negative energy charge to break up protein clusters that can cause blockages and clog up the Lymphatic System.
If you decide to try a lymph massage as part of your detox plan it always helps to be drinking 1 – 2 litres of good quality still water spread throughout the day.
When not to have lymph massage
Do not have a lymph massage if you have an acute infection, thrombosis or serious heat disease.
At one time it was thought that lymph massage should not be done on cancer patients or on people with undiagnosed lumps for fear of spreading it but recent studies have shown that this is not the case. Even so, it is probably best to get the advice of your doctor of you have cancer before having lymph massage.