lymphatic massage

by Stacy

Yesterday I had an hour-long massage which included traditional body work with some additional lymphatic massage worked in. Wow. I had talked to a coworker about it (she is friends with the massage therapist who is trained in the lymphatic work) and when I looked into the idea a bit more I came across this:

“Because lymph cleanses nearly every cell in your body, symptoms of chronic lymph blockage are diverse but can include worsened allergies and food sensitivities, frequent cold and flu infections, joint pain, headaches and migraines, menstrual cramps, arthritis, fibrocystic breasts, breast tenderness, sinusitis, loss of appetite and GI issues, muscle cramping, tissue swelling, fatigue, mental fuzziness, mood irregularities, depression, parasites, skin breakouts, acne, and cellulite. In general, you may feel tired and toxic, with a heaviness in your abdomen. In Chinese medicine, practitioners call this “excessive damp” that undermines your whole health. (emphasis mine)

My acupuncturist said that my congestion problems were due to excessive “dampness,” so I was intrigued.

The downside? About half the time was spent on the lymphatic drainage, so less back rub! The upside? I’ve had some pretty good movement in my sinuses and feel much refreshed. The massage therapist works out of her home and has extremely reasonable rates. I will probably go back. This has seemed the most effective other than the acupuncture, is about the same price, and has the bonus of a massage! Perhaps applied in conjunction, I may finally kick this.

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