While it’s been a Hollywood and celebrity hack to look snatched and feel lighter, the secret is definitely out. Now you can enjoy the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Treatments at VIVA Wellness in Wisconsin!
So while the lymphatic system is doing a lot for so many of the other bodily systems, there are a few ways that we’ve noticed our clients have had results that go beyond the usual scope of reducing puffiness or facilitating detox. While they aren’t necessarily unexpected because of the powerhouse of treatment this really is, the additional benefits and results continue to blow us away and are worthy of sharing!
1. Reduction in inflammation and joint pain or pressure
Of course it makes sense that if your body is bogged down by toxin-heavy lymphatic fluid, not only are you likely feeling puffy, heavy, and stagnant, but other systems throughout the body are also overloaded. So when you ease this load and get the lymph moving, areas that may have been building up pressure of the fluid will see relief. In addition, if there are areas that tend to be inflamed (maybe it’s more localized or maybe it’s an entire body), when the lymph can move, the entire body functions more optimally. This means that functions that aid whatever is inflamed can actually focus on their roles because they are not chipping in on the lymphatic system’s SOS situation!
We had a client who has struggled with teeth and jaw pain for years, definitely noticing that when she was more generally inflamed, this area worsened. Despite her at-home lymphatic protocols (dry brushing, some manual massage, specific herbal treatments), it was after her first lymphatic drainage treatment that she noticed incredible and instant relief in the jaw. This was enhanced after a second treatment a few weeks later. Now a few months out, the jaw pain has not returned.
2. Improved mood, focus, and mental clarity
While there are a whole host of scientific reasons why lymphatic drainage influences mood and brain function, see below, what is sort of obvious is that the treatment itself is like a general massage X A MILLION. Many of the benefits of touch are realized, but it goes so beyond this in the way that it’s targeting a specific sequence of movements, directions, pressure, etc., all designed to move lymph that then result in benefits to the brain. From what we (and the science and wellness communities) are realizing, mental and emotional health is influenced by many facets of the physical health of the human — so it would be no surprise that improving lymphatic would improve the overall health of the body and would therefore facilitate an improved mood.
Anecdotally, the resting, rejuvenating, energizing, and RELIEVING physical impact of the treatment provides a mood boost and the flow of the fluids seems to facilitate all mind/body processes, including clarity.
“The University of Virginia discovered the brain was, in fact, drained by hidden lymphatic vessels (glymphatics) that support healthy immunity, inflammation response, and mood. If lymphatic vessels in the brain or elsewhere become congested, the result could be an underlying immune compromise that could leave pathogens in the brain and body, increasing risk of infection, inflammation, autoimmunity, and psychiatric concerns.” (Lifespa.com)
3. Increased immunity and relief from long COVID
You know how your lymph nodes often feel swollen when you are getting sick? The term “swollen glands” is really an indication that your lymphatic system is working to filter out toxins, infections, viruses, other waste material.
“Lymph nodes have immune cells called lymphocytes in them. They attack bacteria, viruses, and other things that can make you sick. When you’re fighting off harmful germs, your body makes more of those immune cells — that causes the swelling.” (webmd.com)
When the lymphatic system is functioning properly, it filters and helps to detox the body quite efficiently. This allows us to maintain good health and wellness. Because it has no “pump” of its own (like the heart in the circulatory system), it requires regular muscle movement and physical activity to work properly. When we are inactive, our lymphatic system can become a little sluggish and the body may store waste and toxins first in the lymph nodes, then in other parts of the body. If too many toxins are stored in the body it can cause a whole host of health issues. The lymphatic system interchanges with the circulatory system — it will clean 2-4 L of blood daily, so if that’s not happening because it’s blocked or working on an infection, that’s extra load on the body to get done OR perhaps it won’t get done.
If it’s overloaded with toxins and then a virus or other threat enters the picture, is it able to do its job? Maybe! How do we aid in the lymphatic working at full steam therefore, help it pump! While there are many ways of doing this, manual and vacuum RF (machine-assisted radiofrequency) lymphatic drainage is highly effective in doing just this.
And over the course of the last few years, there have been numerous studies regarding the strong, positive impact of lymphatic drainage on COVID and Long Covid. From the National Institute of Health “…findings suggest that a specific manual lymphatic drainage intervention may help to reduce fatigue symptoms related to Long COVID, perhaps preventing acute symptoms through early intervention.”
4. Boost in energy level
Similar to a massage, lymphatic drainage boosts circulation, which can create an instant boost of energy! The difference with a traditional massage in this context though is that with lymphatic drainage the treatment is moving and clearing stagnant waste from the body that may, quite literally, be weighing you down and making you feel sluggish. Your entire system is having to work a little bit harder, function a bit differently than it’s optimally designed to, and so the result is simply that you may not be feeling as energized as when things are flowing as they are meant to!
NOTE: Lymphatic drainage treatments may also, before you reach this energized state, create a sense of “detox symptoms” which means as you work through what is released through loads of water, sweating, continuing to move and equally rest, on the other side of that flush you will reach that energized state. All bodies and experiences are different based on the level of toxins, level of lymphatic health, and level of overall health, among other things often influenced by lifestyle.
From one of our Lymphatic Specialists: she’s heard from clients that the evening after the treatment they feel a little lightheaded, dizzy, and some even feel “drunk.” However, the next morning they wake up feeling lighter, more clear-headed, well rested, “like a veil had been lifted”, and that day they often experience frequent urination. That’s a great thing!
5. A lighter you
Ok, we said the surprises would go beyond the snatch, but some of these before and after results have been so phenomenal that they feel worth calling this out again. Sometimes you are retaining fluids and things just feel puffy and “off”. Sometimes your clothes just feel like someone threw them all in the dryer on high heat — don’t make it mean anything about you at that moment, and just know there’s a fast-acting solution to help you reduce this for a 2-3 day window. We know you’ll look into what may have led to this, but if you want to feel better immediately, you’re very much in luck. This is truly a great plan for prepping for big events when you want to look and feel your lightest — both physically and mentally! A moving lymph means both!
Book your manual lymphatic drainage treatment or a machine-assisted radiofrequency (RF) lymphatic treatment today! Not sure which to book, schedule a consult with either of our in-house Lymphatic Drainage Experts.
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