lymph drainage is a light & gentle form of massage that mimics the
natural movement of lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic system thereby
assisting the body in the removal of toxins, cellular waste, excess
proteins, bacteria & viruses. It also transports white blood cells
(lymphocytes) throughout this system so that they can pick up on &
fight off any signs of infection in the body.
the cardiovascular system, which has the heart to pump blood throughout
the body, the lymphatic system has to rely on the manual contractions
& movement of skeletal muscles to circulate lymphatic fluid through
the lymphatic system. It is for this reason that sedentary
lifestyles(sitting too much or getting very little exercise) lead to
poor lymphatic flow & a build up of toxins which directly affect the
body in a multitude of negative ways.
the lymphatic system is sluggish or blocked, such as after surgery or an
injury, we can have swelling (eg. lymphodema after a mastectomy), an
increase in the appearance of cellulite, feel tired & lethargic and
are more susceptible to infections (e.g. colds & flu). However,
when the lymphatic system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong
defence against illness.
The diagram on the
right illustrates the structure of the lymphatic vessels & the
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are approximately 700 lymph nodes in the human body, all of which
serve as filters which fight off infections, remove toxins &
cellular waste from the lymphatic fluid before it re-enters the
Toxins are believed by many to be the local beginnings of cancerous tissue.
is imperative that these toxins be continually removed through the
body's veins and lymphatic vessels. When these toxins are unable to exit
the body properly, the possibility of cancer increases. Studies have
found that women who wore brassieres (especially under wire) had an
increased chance of acquiring breast cancer. It is very possible that
the constant pressure that a brassiere puts on the breast tissue limits
the flow of toxins (that need to be released) found in the lymphatic
fluid, resulting in the increased cancer rate. The highest rate of
breast cancer has been found in women who wore bras 24 hours a day, and
the lowest rate in those who never wore bras. It is suggested that women
should wear their bra less than 12 hours a day. Early detection does
greatly increase your odds of surviving cancer. However, waiting for
cancer rather than actively participating in its avoidance can be even
more detrimental to your health.