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Why is the Lymphatic System so important to your body and your inch loss journey



What is the Lymphatic System?

The Lymphatic System is a network of blood vessels, nodes and organs which are central to the body’s ability to identify disease causing germs and then destroying them. It works with the blood circulatory system; once blood has delivered oxygen and nutrients to the cells, 90% of it goes back into the circulatory system to be reoxygenated. However 10% of the fluid stays behind and this is called the tissue fluid. Some of the tissue fluid goes back into the bloodstream and the rest is emptied into lymph vessels and is called lymph which is a clear, colourless fluid.


Cells carry out metabolism and regeneration and this creates wastes and toxins – it is the tissue fluid that surrounds each and every cell that takes these toxins and then empties it as lymph into the lymphatic vessels.


The lymph then empties into lymph vessels which in turn pass through lymph nodes – these are tiny organs which act as filters removing compounds that are foreign to the body.

After the lymph nodes have performed their function, the lymph is carried through until it reaches the neck region where it empties into the blood system.


Summary:

The lymphatic system is like the body’s drainage system working to keep fluids in a balanced state within the body. When it does not function correctly, oedema is usually the first sign.

The lymph nodes filter out toxins and infection causing bacteria before the lymph is returned to the bloodstream. Without these nodes, infection causing bacteria would be allowed to circulate freely within the body and its tissues. Lymphocytes in the lymph system destroy the infection causing bacteria.


Although the circulatory and lymphatic system work together, they have different roles to play with the circulatory system generally nourishing whilst the lymphatic system generally detoxifying the body.


Facts:

The lymphatic system does not have a central pump like the heart – it works because of muscle movement. It has to deal with 3 times the fluid found in the circulatory system and it has to do that without the pumping mechanism and work against gravity. There is an average of between 1 and 2 litres of lymph circulating at any given time. Think of it as waste manager and defender of the body.


How To Nurture Your Lymphatic System:

Lymphatic drainage massage, sometimes referred to as manual lymphatic drainage, is a gentle massage used to alleviate painful lymphedema swelling in your arms and legs. This massage works by moving the accumulated fluid from swollen places to lymph nodes, where it can be re-circulated. But did you know that lymphatic drainage massage can also help with body sculpting? Whether you are looking for a pre-party fix or you want to tackle post-travel puffiness, this gentle massage can help. Lymphatic drainage is also ideal for pre and post-partum and for those recovering from surgery. There are two steps to a lymphatic drainage massage:


  • Clearing: In this step, the lymphatic fluid in your tissues is released.

  • Reabsorption: This step transfers lymphatic fluid to your lymph nodes.


How is lymphatic drainage performed?

This treatment is a complete body massage with lengthy, rhythmic strokes that encourage fluid movement through the lymph nodes in the body. 70% lymphatic system is present in the stomach. Therefore, the massage begins in the lymph nodes nearest to the stomach and moves down the body, working its way from the belly to the thighs, calves and ankles. It helps to drain excess fluid, reduce under-the-skin puffiness and remove waste and toxins. Clients report feeling lighter and less sluggish after this calming and rejuvenating treatment. Lymphatic drainage massage also helps you achieve a tighter and more sculpted silhouette. Are you wondering how often you should be doing this? For best results, we recommend lymphatic drainage from once per month to once per week.


Lymphatic massage and Liquid Lipo Wraps


Liquid Lipo breaks and melts down the fat cells into liquid - this then has to be drained and eliminated through the Lymphatic System, hence the need to drink at least 2 litres of water following a treatment and also for the next two days as the treatment carries on working and breaking down fat cells for 72 hours.


This is where lymphatic drainage massage helps the lymphatic system to process and eliminate the liquid fat cells as soon as possible.


Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic massage, or lymphatic drainage, is a gentle massage treatment to stimulate the circulation of lymph fluid around the body. This helps to speed up the removal of wastes and toxins.



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