A lot of us have been stuck inside for the past few months, trying to stay fit and healthy, but mostly just trying to stay alive and sane. Whether it be kids running around the house yelling and screaming while you’re on a Zoom call, your neighbor above you blasting his TV at all hours of the day, or your whole Iron-Man training being put on the side burner, we know it’s been a rough ride!
We’ve also heard all the specialists tell us how important it is to keep our immune system strong, in general, but especially to fight this COVID-19 virus. So how can we do that? Not smoking, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, adequate sleep, minimizing stress (yeah right!), and maintaining a healthy weight is a good start. But what if we want to take it up a notch? We have an added solution for you: the lymphatic drainage massage.
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What is the lymphatic system and how does it work?
The lymphatic system is a component of your body’s immune system. The lymph nodes are little pockets that contain white blood cells that filter and fight harmful substances that travel through them via the lymph fluid. The lymphatic system fights off diseases and infections.
A congested lymph system can cause bloating, lethargy, food intolerance, allergies, and dull skin. This is sometimes the consequence of poor nutrition, poor health habits, surgery, lack of exercise, or preexisting health conditions.
A lymphatic drainage massage will stimulate, manually move, or ‘pump’ stagnant fluid towards the nodes to help the body eliminate those inflammatory cells, otherwise known as toxins.
Now that we know what the lymphatic system and the lymphatic drainage massage are, what are the benefits for your body?
‘The purpose of lymphatic drainage massage is to accelerate the drainage of lymph via the liver’, shares expert Emmanuelle Blanche. ‘Stimulating your body’s lymph nodes gives your body’s natural detox process a boost, reducing bloating and promoting a sense of well-being.’
There are studies supporting that a malfunctioning lymph system blocks inflammatory cells and bad bacteria from exiting the body tissue. A good digestive system is comprised of good bacteria that break down and digests food. A disbalance in the good versus bad bacteria in the gut compromises the gut’s ability to digest and absorb food and can result in gastritis and other more serious inflammatory bowel diseases.
Still not convinced? Here’s another benefit for you: the lymphatic drainage massage can help with your allergies.
The lymph system has been recognized as the first line of defense against disease because it transports and filters fluid containing antibodies and good and bad bacteria. So, a compromised lymphatic system is a compromised immune system. This is an element of your health that can affect a broad spectrum of illnesses and diseases and will determine how your body responds to problems with your organs, viruses like the flu, and allergies.
Okay, so now that we’re sold on lymphatic drainage massages, where can we get them?
Start with Emmanuelle Blanche Spa. The first of its kind in the US, this wellness spa is dedicated to enhancing your overall well-being, aiding your body in detoxification and recovery, and improving the condition of your skin. They specialize in Lymphatic Massage and the French technique Palper Rouler, for both the body and the face. Emmanuelle Blanche is known as the “bien-être fairy”. What more can we say?
Angelenos also like Endermologie Los Angeles for their lymphatic drainage massages as well as LED light therapy, and Saunabar Los Angeles.
Unlike a traditional lymphatic massage, Saunabar’s offer does not involve a human touch: the massage is done with an air compression suit (pneumatic massage). You will be slipped into large boots and be provided with a wrap that goes around your torso. Sounds very futuristic, doesn’t it?
Another popular way to stimulate your immunity is getting a Thai massage, which helps in getting rid of toxins and excess water from your body.
We all need to take care of our lymphatic system, no matter the technique used. Lymphatic drainage massage by a professional will obviously be more effective and relaxing but dry brushing and cupping at home will also help boost your immune system.
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