There are so many reasons to invite a traveling massage therapy specialist to your home or business – not the least of which being lymphatic therapy! A trained massage specialist can help you stay happy and healthy by working directly one of the most important, yet least understood, systems in your body.
Let’s take a minute to talk about the lymphatic system, how a traveling massage therapy service can help, and what the actual difference is between lymphatic massages and lymphatic drainage therapy (LDT).
What Is The Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is a series of small organs, called lymph nodes, which are scattered throughout your body and linked to your circulatory and immune systems. The lymphatic system serves several purposes, but the biggest role it plays in your health is managing toxins in your body. The lymph fluids it produces flow around the body, picking up waste products and toxins, and moving them into areas of the body where they can be excreted. Lymph also helps transport oxygen and needed nutrients, alongside your blood supply.
So it’s important that your body have proper lymph flow! Numerous medical conditions can inhibit the flow of lymph, or even cause it to become trapped within certain areas of the body – leading to painful, unsightly swelling.
Traveling massage therapy services can help prevent this!
Lymphatic Massages And Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Are Not (Quite) The Same Thing
In general, lymphatic massages are specialized massages given to increase and improve the flow of lymph fluid around the body. Your massage therapist knows the ‘map’ of lymph nodes and ducts through your body, and applies extremely gentle pressure to increase the circulation of fluids. This is usually done with either straight rubbing or circular motions.
The issue is that lymphatic ducts can be delicate, and if they burst, it can allow toxins to escape back into the body. If enough damage is done to the lymphatic system, a person can get sick – which is why massage therapists must take care.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) takes this another step further, mandating that therapists never use more than 5 grams of force. In some cases, if the patient has a damaged lymphatic system, this may be called for. However, in most cases, greater levels of pressure are acceptable.
That’s the only major difference between LDT and other forms of lymphatic massage.