The Importance of Lymphatic Drainage

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The lymphatic system of the body is not one we hear about often, despite the fact that it plays an important role in the health of our body. Previously categorized as a simple drainage network, we now know that it is far more complex and involved in many conditions from cancer to asthma.

A little about it…
To understand its importance, let’s start with a simple overview. The lymphatic system is an offshoot of our circulation system and is comprised of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, lymph (the fluid), and immune cells or lymphocites. It is a part of the body’s defense system. The lymph nodes remove microorganisms and other foreign substances, acting as a filtration system that keeps particulate matter, such as bacteria, from entering the bloodstream. Its primary functions are related to our immune, circulatory, and waste removal (the functions below are an excerpt from http://www.lymphnotes.com/article.php/id/151/).


• The lymphatic system aids the immune system in destroying pathogens and filtering waste so that the lymph can be safely returned to the circulatory system.
• To remove excess fluid, waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, cancer cells and toxins from these cells and the tissue spaces between them.
• The lymphatic system works with the circulatory system to deliver nutrients, oxygen, and hormones from the blood to the cells that make up the tissues of the body.

So, why is this important if I’m not sick?
Detoxification is an ongoing process in our body. Common symptoms of a body overburdened with toxins include skin and hair problems, along with general deterioration of health. Our bodies are constantly exposed to environmental toxins…think about all of the pollution, pesticides, inorganic fertilizers, cleaning solutions, chemicals, and even water and food you are exposed to every day.

The lymphatic system plays a major role in removing waste products, beginning at a cellular level. Toxic buildup is inevitable if the lymphatic system is not working properly. Just as a drain in your house gets clogged, so can this very important part of your body. Acne and cellulite are often symptoms of inadequate lymphatic drainage.

What can I do to help my lymphatic system?
Manual lymphatic drainage is a form of massage that gently stimulates the lymphatic system. The light rhythmical massage strokes promote the elimination of metabolic waste products, excess fluid and bacteria. Stimulating the lymphatic system through massage activates the natural detoxifying functions as well as encouraging fluid circulation and cell regeneration.

This type of massage promotes deep relaxation and relief from chronic conditions such as sinusitis and arthritis. The results can also be seen in the clearing of certain types of acne, clearing areas of congestion such as swollen ankles / legs and puffy eyes, and even the promotion of scar tissue healing, torn ligaments and sprains.

At Pure Skin by Maggie, lymphatic drainage massage is an integral part of our Detox Facial and the Detox Facial with Microcurrent Face Lift. We begin each session with a complimentary consultation to evaluate your skin and your unique needs in order to customize the treatment. The facial itself, includes cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction followed by a 30 minute microcurrent non-surgical face lift targeted to the area of the face that concerns you most (eye area, forehead, around the mouth or nose, etc.). The gentle electric stimulation provides a firming and lifting effect to the muscles and skin. Some of the side benefits of microcurrent technology include increased blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. We follow the microcurrent treatment with a lymphatic drainage massage (Chinese and Japanese style) with pure essential oils and pure mineral oil that has been selected based on the your skin – sensitive, oily, combination, dry, acne, age, etc. When microcurrent is combined with the 50 minute Detox Facial, the results are incredible.

If you would like to find out if your acne is caused by a lack of lymphatic drainage, call us today to book a complimentary consultation. Beauty begins from the inside out and we are committed to helping our clients see the clear, radian skin they dream of.PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

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