A client receives lymph drainage massage to tune up the entire lymphatic system or to focus on a problem area. Clients schedule a whole body session as part of their wellness routine a few times a year. While, other clients blend lymph work into a massage session to help relief pain and disfunction in a particular area. This creates awareness in clients where their body may need extra support to keep the lymph flowing well. Injuries, surgeries, repetitive movements and stress can impede the flow of lymph.
Dry brushing once or twice a week is a simple and effective self care routine that keeps the benefits of a lymph drainage massage going.
The link below is to a great video by Natural Body Detox that shows to to dry brushing, while explaining how the lymph flows in the body.
The skin is an organ of protection and elimination. Dry brushing promotes blood flow and stimulates the lymph system, helping the skin do it's job. This is an inexpensive and easy gift you can give yourself.
The brushes need to be soft natural fibers. Stay away from all the added gimmicks. Also, stay away from anyone suggesting you must work deep to break up cellulite. Bruising and traumatizing the tissues is never a way to health. A simple soft brush and gentle strokes is all that is needed to be affective.
This routine can reduce pain in tightness in the neck and shoulders by encouraging the flow of the lymph. Many times clients come to see me for neck pain, and I find that a combination of lymph drainage with massage is the key to pain relief. This is also true for the knees and hips. Sometimes there's just enough fluid retention to make the joints feel achy.
The lymph from the legs must drain up and through the abdomen. Any abdominal surgery can affect this flow. Just as, breast surgery can affect the drainage out of the chest area and create neck pain. One doesn't have to appear to have swelling to be experience stiffness and pain because of poor lymph flow. Dry brushing can help keep the lymph flowing.
The routine can also keep the sinuses of the face open, again, by keeping the neck and shoulders open. Lymph blockage acts like a traffic jam in the body. Shoulders and neck blockages can back up into the head causing pressure headaches.
Dry brushing has the added benefits of improving the look and tone of skin.
Elizabeth Bosse is a licensed massage therapist practicing in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Her blog posts reflect her life experiences. She shares humor and wisdom to support others on their journeys.
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