What is our lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is the secondary system of circulation in the body with the major task of cleaning and nourishing the cells. Sounds simple enough, but without it, we wouldn’t survive long. The lymphatic system is a sort of go-between from the blood circulation to the individual cells. Lymph is a clear fluid containing nutrients and oxygen similar to blood but without the red and white corpuscles. It comes from the general circulation and is deposited around the cells to keep them nourished. The cells are able to discard waste and toxic materials into this fluid. The lymphatic vessels pick up this waste and any excess fluid from around cells and transport it, via the lymph nodes, back into the general circulation. It’s a one-way shuttle, so lymph should only ever flow in one direction – away from the cells and towards the heart.

When the lymph system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong defense against illness. When it's sluggish or blocked - say after surgery or an injury -we can have swelling, feel tired, and be more susceptible to colds and infections.When the lymphatic system doesn’t work efficiently, the tell-tale signs of oedema or tight swollen tissue appear. Poor lifestyle choices are the commonest causes of an inefficient lymphatic system, though they are certainly not the only ones.

• Lack of exercise - lymphatic fluid needs muscle power to push it round the body
• Poor diet – may increase congestion and produce more waste for the lymph to pick up and dispose of
• Pollutants – environmental and dietary
• Surgery and trauma
• Pregnancy
Why do we need to drain our body?

Toxins and waste build up in our body’s tissues and cause swelling, edema or cellulite storage. These waste products are carried by lymph, a fluid circulating through a network of lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes. Many different factors affect how efficiently your body can rid of these toxins: a sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep, bad diet and nutrition, lack of hydration, hormonal disorders, heart failure, venous or lymphatic insufficiency, genetic disorder or an imbalance of the thyroid, causing the lymphatic system to effectively drain excess fluids, creating bloating and retention.
What is the role of the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is our body’s "sewage system’’. It maintains fluid levels in our body tissues by removing all fluids and toxin waste from our circulatory system. The lymphatic system is a key component of our body’s ability to remain healthy functions, affecting our overall general health and immune system.
The benefits of lymphatic drainage therapy?

Lymphatic drainage therapy is focused at helping the body’s natural ability to stimulate the lymphatic system and coax the removal of the body’s toxins. It uses massage techniques to manually drain and move lymph within the body. Lymphatic massage helps to:

  • activates the lymphatic and venous system both providing immediate benefits
  • treat fluid retention
  • relieves abdominal pain, discomfort and intestinal transit disorders
  • provides a feeling of light legs
  • optimizes cellulite loss
  • refines silhouette
  • boosts your immune system.

Massage therapists versed in lymphatic drainage therapy, an advanced form of lymphatic massage, can identify the rhythm, direction, and quality of the lymphatic flow and remap drainage pathways.

As part of support for weight loss, fibrous, fat cellulite or big retention, we recommend one session per week for 5 weeks and a one-session maintenance every 4-weeks.

One session per month to boost your immunity and especially we recommend to do drainage at the change of autumn and spring seasons.

It is recommended to do a lymphatic drainage session before starting the remodeling. A personal treatment plan is made during your first appointment. Together, we determine your expectations and establish a program to achieve your goals.
Medical Considerations?

Important: If you have any of these listed conditions we recommend consulting your medical physician about lymphatic drainage therapy prior to treatment: asthma, cancer, hyperthyroidism, hypotension, heart problems, renal failure, pregnancy*, risk of phlebitis and thrombosis.

To prevent the spread of disease, if you feel you have any symptoms or fever, please notify us to reschedule treatment.

* Pregnant women: we recommend checking with your OB prior to any treatment and do not recommend any type of massage stimulation in early term pregnancy. Similar to other massage treatments, we recommend waiting until at least 16 weeks (4 months).