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8 things you need to know about lymphatic drainage

November 14th 2023

8 things you need to know about lymphatic drainage
This article has been written with the help of Naturopath Ludivine Bonamy 
Lymph, often hailed as the "Elixir of Life," might not be as familiar to you as the blood coursing through your veins, but it plays an equally vital role in keeping your body in tip-top shape. The lymphatic system, responsible for maintaining the delicate balance of bodily fluids, is not just a passive player; it's a key defender in your body's immune system and a champion in the detoxification arena. We’ve caught up with naturopath Ludivine Bonamy to give you the whys and hows of a lymphatic drainage. 
The Lymphatic System's Triple Threat
Imagine this: the lymphatic system is your body's ultimate sanitation crew, handling an astonishing 75% of waste removal. That includes excess fluids, harmful toxins, cellular debris, and more. It's not all grunt work, though – the lymphatic system also shuttles essential nutrients to where they're needed most. When your lymph is clogged with toxins and waste, it's like a traffic jam that prevents those crucial nutrients from reaching their destinations.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Unlike your heart-pumping blood circulation, the lymphatic system lacks a central pump. It relies on the slow dance of vasoconstriction within its vessel walls. The result? A much more languid pace for lymph circulation.
A French Connection
Meet the power couple of lymphatic drainage: Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder. These pioneers introduced the manual lymphatic drainage method in the 1930s in France. Their technique has since revolutionized the way we view lymphatic health.
The Magic Touch
Lymphatic drainage might sound intense, but it's quite the opposite. This technique involves a gentle and soothing massage that targets the skin's surface. It specifically reaches and clears congestion from lymphatic vessels and nodes, promoting a profound sense of relaxation for your nervous system.
Triple-Action Benefits
Lymphatic drainage is like a Swiss Army knife for your health, with three primary functions in its arsenal. It's your go-to remedy for:
·                Circulation issues: from water retention and heavy legs to cellulitis and headaches.
·                Immunity and inflammation: perfect for tackling infections, inflammation, and more.
·                Detoxification: a key player in addressing the root causes of many diseases, from cardiovascular issues to skin conditions and stress-related ailments.
Moms-to-Be, Take Note
Pregnant or recently given birth? Lymphatic drainage can be your best friend. Starting from the second trimester of pregnancy, it can help combat water retention. After giving birth, it's recommended (after 3 months if breastfeeding, 1 month if not) for a speedier recovery.
A Holistic Approach
Lymphatic drainage is most effective when it's part of a broader strategy. Proper diet, regular physical activity, and adequate hydration are essential to maintain the benefits of this therapy.
The Frequency Dance
At the start of your lymphatic drainage journey, you might opt for weekly sessions. As you progress, you can gradually space them out to every two weeks, with guidance from your practitioner. For long-term maintenance, consider a session every two to three months.
Unlock the secrets of lymphatic drainage and let your body revel in the benefits of this remarkable therapy. It's your passport to a healthier, happier you.


About Ludivine Bonamy

With expertise in naturopathy and certified skills in intuitive kinesiology and Vodder method lymphatic drainage, Ludivine Bonamy empowers clients to reclaim their health and vitality. Through a personalised and holistic approach, she guides clients in restoring balance and harnessing the body's innate healing abilities. By blending various naturopathic tools, including nutrition, stress management, and manual techniques, Ludivine ensures a holistic and enduring sense of wellbeing for clients visiting her at Central & Stanley Wellness clinics. 

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