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The benefits of Lymphatic Massage
May 16, 2011 | by Rosemary Marchese

Massage Courses are back in vogue for many reasons.Massage improves circulation, stimulates muscle repair, provides relaxation from stress and helps to heal and nurture your mind and body. By introducing massage to your personal training business service, you can offer those benefits to the client and diversify your personal training business.

Last year I treated myself to a massage at East Day Spa and chose the lymphatic eye drainage massage.I was surprised at how good it was! My eyes felt rested and looked less puffy.

The philosophy of lymphatic massage is to promote healthy functioning of our immune system through stimulation of the lymph nodes to remove fluid and waste.When our bodies become toxic from environmental or dietary factors that slow down our lymphatic system, fluids build up causing the body to become fatigued and heavy making us susceptible to colds, flu's and viruses.

Lymphatic massage will benefit people who are susceptible to illnesses (especially in winter) a depressed immune system, injuries, emotional stress, low energy and depression.It has a positive effect on skin, promotes vitality and helps with respiratory disorders.Because this type of massage activates the body's innate healing mechanism, it also has application for people who are managing pain.

Want to give that cellulite a one-way ticket out of your body? Then lymphatic massage can help to clear away accumulated fatty deposits that have set up residence!This type of massage also helps to alleviate fluid retention and improve mood for women suffering with Pre Menstrual Syndrome.

Manual Lymph Drainage is most commonly used for treating Lymphedema, a blockage of lymph nodes in the arms and legs.It is another gentle type of massage therapy that is used to drain fluid excess fluid out of the body.The massage therapist will use one or a combination of 4 light massage strokes to encourage the flow of toxins through the lymphatic system.

Remember to consult with your doctor before getting a lymphatic massage if you have heart problems or undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

About Rosemary Marchese

Rose has a degree in physiotherapy, and over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry as an author, freelance writer, trainer and assessor. She has also been a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer, as well as Editor of Fitness Pro and Clean Eating Australia magazine and author of The Essential Guide to Fitness: For the Fitness Instructor. Rose now develops learning materials for the Australian Institute of Fitness, ensuring that courses are evidence-based and innovative.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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