Updated: May 17, 2022
We live in such a fast-paced, never-stop, work-til-you-drop society it's hard to identify when we’re no longer feeling well. There are certain side effects we accept with the work hard/play hard mentality. So many of us just deal with feeling sluggish at work, having trouble getting to sleep and waking up, and soreness and stiffness in our joints.
It’s a radical self-care act to recognize when your body and mind aren’t functioning at 100 percent. Rather than hashtagging your Self-care Sunday of a pedicure and face mask, why not incorporate real physical improvements into your routine. Lymphatic drainage massages don’t sound trendy or hash-taggable. But they provide myriad surprising benefits that may help relieve your everyday aches, pains, and gripes.
What is the lymphatic drainage process?
Until recently, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) massages were only a medical technique used to relieve lymphedema. However, the process has shown universal benefits and can reduce other symptoms not associated with subdermal fluid buildup. To better understand MLD, it helps if you’re familiar with a few key terms:
Lymph: a fluid in your body that comprises water, white blood cells, and cellular waste products.
Lymph nodes: small swellings in the body where lymph is filtered and processed. They collect cellular waste materials.
Lymphatic system: the combined vessels and nodes that carry lymph from tissue in the body, filters it, and return it into the circulatory system.
You may have heard some of these terms before or be familiar with lymph nodes. They’re located in the neck, armpits, and groin and can swell because of illness, stress, or infection.
During a lymphatic drainage massage, a trained therapist uses gentle techniques on the body’s lymphatic regions to disperse lymph from the nodes throughout the lymphatic system. These techniques include gentle stretching of the skin, cupping, and compressing.
The Ballancer Pro at Atlas Bodyworks is the world leader in MLD. It targets the areas where lymph builds up first and redistributes it throughout the lymphatic system. After the massage, the body is balanced, without lymph concentrated in one area or series of nodes.
Lymphatic drainage massage benefits.
All bodies are different, and depending on the common ailments you experience, the MLD treatment will feel different. A clogged immune system and buildup in the lymph nodes causes so many problems; people often aren’t aware that something was wrong until after a series of lymphatic drainage massages. Here are a few of the surprising benefits of lymphatic massage:
Strengthening of loose skin from pregnancy and weight loss.
Decrease of fluid buildup in the extremities.
Improved body shaping of the arms, legs, abs, and butt.
A better functioning immune system, with fewer common colds.
Faster recovery time from workouts.
Improvement for food sensitivities and digestive issues.
The lymphatic system is essential to the holistic treatment of the body. A blockage or buildup of lymph in one area of the body can cause issues that go beyond the immune system. You may go in for MLD wanting to treat cellulite and end up feeling lighter, stronger, and healthier after the first treatment.
Book an appointment with Atlas Bodyworks and rediscover a healthier you.
If you’re ready to take your self-care routine to the next level, schedule your appointment with Atlas Bodyworks today. Use our virtual appointment book and select your treatment online. Or call our customer service experts to learn how lymphatic drainage can treat your specific concerns.
If you’re ready to commit to your whole body wellness, join Club Atlas. You get a 3D body scan every three months and 10 percent off retail products just by joining. Our club members enjoy discounts on services, including the Ballancer Pro lymphatic draining massage.