Okay, I know the title is a little “Say, WHAT?” But trust me on this. Lymphatic massage is the.way.to.go.
Let’s start off with a little background about what lymph nodes are. I remember as a child learning that your lymph nodes swell when you’re sick because they’re filling up with bacteria. Gross, right? As a kid the solution was to take medicine and rest. My lymph nodes went back to their normal size and I would forget about them until next time.
Turns out my understanding of them was just the tip of the lymphatic system iceberg. Our lymphatic system removes waste and toxins while also distributing nutrients and hormones. It’s a huge part of keeping us healthy and naturally helps detox our bodies every day. BUT trauma or illness can weaken them and make you more susceptible to illness, fatigue, and even speed up aging.
Trauma or Illness
When I first read this I thought “that’s not me”. And I’m sure most of you thought the same. But I’m sure we’ve all had some sort of trauma and illness. I’ve personally been in two car crashes and had mono as a teenager. Things like that are easy for you to forget but your physical injuries still exist whether you feel them everyday or not.
So what does lymph drainage massage do for you?
In short, it detoxes your body. Which in turn, relieves swelling, cellulite, stress, insomnia, and much more. It even helps with wrinkles, acne, and bags under the eyes! It’s basically like a miracle massage. I like to go in for 90 minute mix of lymph drainage and deep tissue.
What does it feel like?
This is probably one of the lightest massages you could ever get. You might even think that nothing is happening. Your lymphs are tiny pea sized nodes and in order to stimulate them they need to be lightly massaged instead of pressure like a regular massage. It is so relaxing. I always nap during my massage.
Since adding lymphatic drainage massage into my routine I have noticed increase mobility in my shoulders and back. After my first visit, I felt super great and almost like I got a new body. My posture was better, my skin was clearer, my workouts were easier. I felt amazing!
Tips before you go
Just like any other time you are detoxing, you should eat as clean as you can before and after. At least for a day so that your body doesn’t get overloaded with toxins while trying to detox. Otherwise, it’s like trying to clean something while making it dirty. It just doesn’t make sense!
Also, you should hydrate more than usual that day. I have been drinking 160 oz of water for 24 hrs post massage. For food, I eat greens, eggs, berries, and Daily Harvest smoothies. Keep it as clean as you possibly can!
If you live in Lexington, check out White Willow Massage. That’s where I personally get my lymphatic drainage massage by Charley. She has limited availability so let her know I sent you and she might be able to squeeze you in!