The lymphatic system is sometimes considered part of the circulatory system (often referred to as a "secondary" circulatory system) and a vital part of the immune system, comprising a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph (from Latin lympha meaning water) directionally towards the heart. Lymph is very similar to blood plasma: it contains lymphocytes and other white blood cells. It also contains waste products and debris of cells together with bacteria and protein. Associated organs composed of lymphoid tissue are the sites of lymphocyte production. Lymphocytes are concentrated in the lymph nodes. The spleen and the thymus are also lymphoid organs of the immune system. Collecting everything from dead cells, waste products, bacteria, viruses, inorganic substances, and fats it is similar to a second circulatory system that keeps our bodies clean and defended against infection. Unlike the circulatory system the lymphatic system has no central “pump” to move lymph fluids throughout. Instead it is moved by smooth muscle tissue, breathing, and muscular contractions related to human activity.
Many people don't realize that minor aches and pains, low energy, and susceptibility to cold and flu may be a result of a stressed or low-functioning lymphatic system. With an understanding of the importance of the lymph system it is easy to see why massage techniques that improve lymphatic function would be valuable to anyone as a remedial and preventative wellness modality.
In HAC's lymphatic drainage class you will gain an understanding of this gentle massage technique and its profound effects. It has been shown that lymphatic massage can increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times, vastly increasing the system’s functionality. These techniques are noninvasive, easy on the therapist and can lead to a whole new way of approaching and receiving information from a client’s body. Lymphatic drainage massage is useful for bolstering the immune system, increasing a person's energy level, injury recovery, enhancement of skin quality, and is sometimes suggested by doctors for lymphedema.
Lymphatic drainage is a powerful tool to have as a massage therapist and can be a natural compliment to your existing services. It is amazing how such a gentle technique can provide a deep impact that keeps clients healthy and coming back.
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