Over the years, I've always been extremely interested in lymphatic drainage, dabbled in it here and there but never went all-in on the topic. Lately, my interest has peaked so I wanted to know more and talk to some people that practice it on a daily basis to see what their thoughts were.
Cue Kat, from @callingallfoodbasics - Kat continues to come back to lymphatic drainage because it makes her "feel refreshed, alive, and confident in my own skin". She went on to say "knowing that I am literally moving toxins out of my body is the best feeling in the world". I mean ya, who can argue with that??
Enjoy this brief conversation and get to know more about how lymphatic drainage could benefit your lifestyle!
"Consistency over duration is definitely the way to go when implementing this practice into your daily routine".
What is Lymphatic Drainage??
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a highly specialized massage type that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. Our system’s network of vessels and nodes contains lymph, a mixture of water, proteins, immune system components, waste products, and other remnants of cell metabolism. Lymph nodes are found throughout our bodies and their main purpose is to filter out the aforementioned debris. We have especially large groups of them in our neck, armpits, and groin.
These major collections of lymph nodes ensure that the lymph passes through as many nodes as possible before it returns to the circulatory system. It resembles our cardiovascular system - picture our veins and capillaries connecting to its pump: our heart.
However, unlike our cardiovascular system, our lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump, which is WHY manual lymphatic drainage and other practices such as dry brushing or legs up the wall are so important to do. It’s through these techniques that the lymph keeps moving, ensuring that it doesn’t become slow or stagnant.
What are the Benefits?
"Lymphatic Drainage is the most efficient way to boost your blood circulation and lymph system. This practice aids in draining and moving toxic waste out of the body, in a natural way. When done regularly, it helps reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin's surface by helping toxins find their way out of the body through the lymphatic system. It is also relaxing and can calm your nerves and decrease stress.
How do I do it??
Using different tools (or even your hands + oil!) you can begin to draw out toxins, debloat, and depuff. Check out these amazing videos to get a full explanation and understanding of how to use lymphatic drainage tools to your advantage!