The Surprising Way Professional Massages Boost Your Immunity
Updated: May 26
Who knew there were so many health benefits to getting a lymphatic massage?
Given the recent events of COVID19, getting a massage is no longer taken for granted. Not only is it a relaxing and wonderful experience to receive touch, it is also beneficial to help the body to remove toxins and to boost the immune system.
Lymphatic drainage is important for overall well-being. Many of the body’s systems have a mechanism to remove unwanted materials from the body, yet the lymphatic system needs help. Many use dry brushing to encourage the lymph nodes to move the material along, as well as exercise and massage. The more toxins that are removed from the body, the better position the body can be in to focus on fighting pathogens and viruses instead of removing toxins. Thus, the immune system is tied to the lymphatic system as a defense mechanism.
How does it work?
The lymphatic system, along with the liver, picks up waste and toxins from the body and takes it away through the lymph fluid. Toxic build-up can result in connective tissue inflammation and excessive buildup of lymph fluid, which may contribute to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and immune system disorders.
Lymphatic massage increases the circulation, detoxifying the body which aids the immune system to do its job of protecting the body. So, the immune system can focus on producing antibodies that combat infection, as well as the added bonus of reducing inflammation.
The registered massage therapist uses techniques in particular directions of the various nodes and glands located within the body - the neck, armpits and back of the knees in particular.
Stimulating the lymphatic system through lymphatic drainage can also help to remove excess waste and inflammatory materials from areas of the body where there has been a muscular injury more efficiently, reducing swelling, fatigue and weakness, therefore improving recovery.
Drinking plenty of water is also essential for all facets of removing toxins and supporting many systems within the body. It is especially beneficial before and after a lymphatic massage to drink plenty of water, to aid in the removal of toxins but also because it helps to reduce inflammation.
Lymphatic massage can assist you to eliminate toxins and allow your immune system to defend itself against these pathogens and viruses, as well as any preliminary build-up of disease.
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