Lymphatic Drainage & Gua Sha Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Your lymphatic system, part of your immune system, has many functions. Some of these functions include protecting your body from illness-causing invaders, maintaining body fluid levels, absorbing digestive tract fats and removing cellular waste.
Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up. Such as, blockages, diseases or infections, which can affect the lymphatic system’s function.
Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic therapy addresses the lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system. This treatment uses very light, gentle and rhythmic movements to increase flow of lymphatic fluid through the system. Lymphatic drainage treatment is highly effective in reducing inflammation, especially post-surgery or after injury, such as sports injuries.
Other benefits of lymphatic drainage massage include boosting the immune system, reducing swelling, decreasing lipedema & lymphedema pain, reducing stress, depression, pain and fatigue. It is also helpful with improving sleep and rejuvenation. Lymphatic drainage can also help stimulate the immune response when recovering from an illness, or when struggling with handling seasonal changes.
Lymphatic drainage treatments have been successful when treating clients suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and Lyme disease.
What is Lymphatic Drainage to the Head and Neck with Gua Sha Tools?
Gua Sha, also known as “coining”, “skin scraping”, or “pressure stroking” is an ancient instrument-assisted massage technique utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Lymphatic drainage to the head, face and neck with Gua Sha tools is completed with light and gentle strokes with moderate amount of oil or lotion.
When done on the face, Gua Sha can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, restore firmness and elasticity, promote a brighter complexion, relieve jaw tension, promote lymphatic drainage, decrease pain and fatigue and decrease puffiness/swelling.
It can also help with sinus congestion.
If you do a Google search for Gua Sha you may be disconcerted by the images. Red streaking, bruising and overall redness to the body is most commonly observed. Gua Sha on the body vs. Gua Sha on the face and neck performed quite differently. While the point of gua sha on the body is to draw out transient therapeutic petechiae, the purpose of Gua Sha in the face is to promote lymphatic drainage, collagen production and tension release with light movements.