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Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

We have seen an influx of bookings for Lymphatic Massage which is awesome! However, there seems to be a bit of confusion between traditional Lymphatic Massage and a sculpting massage. So, Trisha took some time to write up some information for us & you to help better understand this modality. While it is great for everyone, certain people may discover greater benefits than others with this modality.

"Here at The PG, we are pretty passionate about client education! Why? Because an educated client is an empowered client & an empowered client is a happy client! And we like being in the business of happy clients.

We wanted to take a minute to share some info about a popular new trend we've seen all over social media recently: lymphatic drainage! Lymphatic massage/drainage seems to be all the rage on Instagram & TikTok! With the availability of information at our fingertips, we are so excited to see people taking holistic wellness more into their own hands, & we also feel it's so important to continue the conversation about new trends to ensure our clients are not only informed but have as accurate information as possible. Read on to hear more about lymphatic massage at The Pushy Goat!

First - you might be wondering, what the heck is my lymphatic system anyway? Great Q! We're so glad you asked.

Your lymphatic system is a crucial player in your body's ability to ward off disease & heal from injury & it works closely in conjunction with your circulatory system. However, unlike the circulatory system, your lymphatic system has no central pump. Its movement is dependent on muscular contraction, breathing, movement & manual manipulation.

on - like a massage! Your lymphatics work to remove excess fluid, cellular waste products, dead cells, bacteria, viruses & other substances in a fluid that we call 'lymph'. Together, your lymphatic & circulatory systems help to maintain tissue & fluid homeostasis & support other critical systems in your body including your immune, digestive & respiratory systems. Lymphatic massage can increase lymph flow by using a sequence of strokes & light pressure, therefore increasing blood & lymph circulation.

Who would benefit from lymphatic massage?

Well, we like to think *of almost* everyone! Lymphatic massage can addr

ess a list of conditions from edema (swelling) to soft tissue injuries, pre & post-cosmetic surgery, stress, pain & fatigue. Most recently, we've seen an emphasis on lymphatic massage for the neck & face in the beauty industry, as it's shown to have rejuvenating results aiding in skin tone & lift.

While many of our lymphatic clients come to us post-cosmetic surgery, it's important to remember that lymphatic massage is not sculpting massage. You should not feel pain or discomfort during this service as the technique is intended to stimulate your lymphatic system into doing what it does best: moving fluid & aiding circulation to lessen edema (swelling).

So who shouldn't receive a lymphatic massage?

It's important to remember that not one size fits all. Contraindications for lymphatic massage are persons with acute infections or inflammatory disease, fever, serious circulatory problems, major cardiac problems, hemorrhage, malignant ailments, people on autoimmune suppressants or those suffering from certain types of edema that first need di

agnosis by a physician to rule out underlying issues. We also don't recommend lymphatic massage for those clients undergoing kidney issues or in their first trimester of pregnancy.

What does a lymphatic massage feel like?

The majority of your lymphatics are just below the skin & because they are only one cell thick, they are very fragile. Pressure should be feather-light - about the weight of a nickel (about 5 grams), while still moving the skin. Too firm of pressure can cause the lymphatics to collapse. The massage strokes will be slow & smooth, in sync with the client's pulse & lymph rhythm. Most people leave a lymphatic massage feeling calm & restored!

Other ways to stimulate your lymphatic system?

Absolutely! Dry brushing, dancing, deep breathing & rebounding (jumping on a trampoline) are all great ways to encourage lymphatic flow. Don't hesitate to ask us for our best lymphatic dry brushing techniques! Remember, client education is our jam!"-Trisha Hughes, LMT

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