It definitely does not feel like winter yet, but we all know that the change in seasons is almost here. I know I’m looking forward to all the fun holidays, family get togethers, and presents, but something that I also dread is the onset of the cold and flu season. The runny noses, constant phlegm, achy bodies, and just congestion in general is something that I would love to avoid. But when I have succumbed to the flu season before, something that I have found to be very helpful for those runny noses and built up mucus is a type of massage called lymphatic drainage.
What is Lymphatic Drainage?
We’ve all heard of lymph nodes—those things that often swell up under your neck when you get sick. Well lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system in your body, but they are simply areas that provide the actual drainage for lymphatic fluid. Lymph is a whitish liquid flowing throughout our bodies. Much like blood vessels, lymph flows inside our lymph vessels. This whitish liquid flows through our body collecting metabolic wastes, toxins, excess water, as well as providing the production of antibodies that we need to fight off infections. These toxins are products in our body that cannot be absorbed through our blood capillary vessels.