In a previous article, What is the Lymph System? I discussed how the lymph system works and why it is so important.
We all know that we need to give our immune systems the best chance that we can of fighting off the flu and cold bugs that get passed around at the speed of light. A cold or the flu are miserable at the best of times, but they seem even worse in spring or summer when everyone else is having fun!
The lymph system plays a major role in regulating and maintaining the immune system. You can thus bolster your immune system through a bit of lymph massage.
Your lymph system carries white blood cells and antigen-presenting cells through your body and to the lymph nodes in your neck, chest, armpits, groin and pelvis area. In general, the more white blood cells you have the better your body is able to fight infections. This means that if you can find a way to make your body improve its production of white blood cells then you are most likely not going to get ill. Now that sounds like a brilliant idea!
That is what lymph massage does. It stimulates your lymph system. This means that your body will produce the white blood cells that it needs to fight off things like flu and colds and it pretty much bolsters your entire immune system.
A lymph massage is essentially a gentle waking up and preparing of the body’s immune system. It does not take much to stimulate the lymph system as the lymph vessels are just below your skin. This means that a lymph massage has to be gentle and slow and it needs to mimic the natural pulse of the lymph system. The movement will be in the direction of the natural flow of the lymph and encourages the system to drain the fluid and waste more efficiently.
The main benefits of this kind of massage are as follows:
A lymph massage will stimulate your lymph system in terms of its immune functions. It will stimulate the production of white blood cells and will speed up the flow of the lymph fluid itself so that any antigen-presenting cells that are present are carried to the lymph nodes. This means that your body will be better prepared to fight off any germs that invade your system.
A lymph massage will also stimulate the flow of the lymph fluid. This means that your body will rid itself of the waste that has accumulated in the system. This may cause you to feel a bit ill, but it depends on how much waste was in your system at the time. A lymphatic massage is a great addition to a detoxification program because it flushes out all the metabolic wastes including lactic acid and uric acid from your hard working muscles.
Both Swedish massages and Deep Tissue Massage include lymph system drainage techniques. Just make sure that you drink plenty of water afterwards to provide your body with the fluid it needs to fully cleanse itself of the toxins that will be released along with the white blood cells.
This form of massage can really do your body a lot of good. It will limber up sore muscles and help sooth chronic pain.
Book a few sessions for yourself today and stay healthy year round!