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Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage offers several benefits, including detoxification, improved immunity, reduced water retention, improved circulation, and faster recovery and healing. By stimulating lymph flow, toxins and waste products are removed from the body more efficiently, promoting detoxification. In addition, improving lymph circulation can enhance the immune system's ability to fight off infections and illnesses by increasing the production of white blood cells.

Lymphatic massage can also help alleviate swelling, edema, and water retention by encouraging the removal of excess fluid from tissues.  It can also enhance blood circulation, which aids in delivering nutrients and oxygen to cells while removing metabolic waste. This practice can alleviate pain associated with conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, and post-surgery discomfort by reducing inflammation and promoting relaxation. By speeding up the body's natural healing processes, lymphatic massage can facilitate recovery from injuries, surgeries, and chronic conditions.

How to perform lymphatic massage on the legs

The goal of lymphatic massage on the legs is to open the lymphatic vessels to let excess fluid drain back up into the lymph nodes located in the groin.

There are different techniques used to perform lymphatic massage on the legs, but all have the same end goal: to release the fluid to go back up through the lymph nodes.

To perform a lymphatic massage on the legs, you can follow these steps:

  • Perform lymphatic massage of the upper body before beginning with the legs. Follow the three stages of clearing in the supraclavicular area, the axillary area, and the inner-elbow area, in that order. This ensures that the system is clear to allow fluid to drain up.

  • Use light pressure. If you can feel the muscles underneath your skin, you are pressing too hard.

  • Begin the leg massage at the furthest point away from the injury or affected area and work your way down. For example, if your ankle has swelling, start the massage on the upper part of the leg.

  • Starting at the top of the leg, put one hand on the inside of the leg and the other on the back of your leg.

  • With gentle pressure, stretch the skin from the inside of your leg up and out, toward your hip.

  • Continue this motion down the leg until you reach the knee.

  • When you reach the knee, stretch the skin up, with alternating hands, toward your armpit.

  • Repeat 10 to 15 times.

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