Your lymphatic system is basically what keeps you healthy, working hard everyday to remove toxins and other unwanted waste from your body by transporting lymph (a slightly yellow fluid containing white blood cells) throughout the body. Lymph filters out these toxins and helps your body’s immune system to fight off infection. If the lymphatic system is not functioning effectively these toxins can build up in the body, causing you to feel achy, sluggish and more susceptible to illness.
Enter lymphatic massage. Lymphatic massage, or lymphatic drainage, uses very light pressure and long rhythmic strokes, this gets the lymph fluid moving and pushed any toxins towards organs that can filter them out. These light, gentle movements help restore the natural flow of lymph throughout the body.
Lymphatic massage is said to assist with fighting off infections, reducing water retention, improving the appearance of cellulite, scarring and stretch marks and reducing stress/fatigue. It can be extra beneficial for individuals suffering from insomnia, arthritis, fibromyalgia, digestive issues and even people recovering from breast cancer.
Pairing your lymphatic massage session with an infrared sauna session is a great way to maximise the healing benefits as you will sweat out the build up of toxins that were released throughout your lymphatic massage.
I recently visited the stunning To Wonderland Spa in North Bondi for my very first lymphatic massage and it definitely lived up to the hype! Saila was an incredible lymphatic practitioner, and the whole experience was beautiful and relaxing (I may have fallen asleep during the head massage…)
After my session at To Wonderland I floated on out and headed to Wildfire Wellness for an infrared sauna session to round off my afternoon. I felt a little fatigued afterwards and ended up heading to bed early but I woke up feeling really refreshed, with no bloating and smooth skin.
It’s been a few days since my treatment now, and I honestly still feel amazing. I would highly recommend pairing your next infrared session with a lymphatic massage – the whole experience was exactly what I needed this week.