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Why Lymphatic Drainage Massage with a Mukilteo Facial?

June 9, 2011  

Mukilteo FacialLymphatic Drainage Massage on the neck and shoulders helps improve the quality of the skin on your face by pulling lymph away from this area. With a large number of lymph nodes in the neck, this gentle manipulation by a trained therapist may also increase the immune response of your body. A Mukilteo Facial includes this delicate massage therapy to remove any excess fluid built up in your face, neck and shoulder tissues.

LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

Excessive tissue fluid (interstitial fluid) is pulled away from the head and neck by the lymphatic system by way of the lymph vessels. Once the interstitial fluid enters the primary lymph vessels, it becomes lymph. The lymph vessels drain into the Lymph nodes, which are located:

  • In the cervical spine
  • Along the face and jaw
  • In the neck

This collection of lymph nodes is primarily responsible for filtration and purification of the lymph. With a  reduction of fluid in the lymph by as much as 40%, the lymph nodes offer a greater resistance to flow than the vessels.

EDEMA

Tissue is balanced by the proper quantities of protein on both sides of the capillary wall. This dynamic balance is crucial to allow the flow of cell nourishment across the capillary wall into the interstitial fluid. Because proteins tend to absorb water, if there are too many within the interstitial fluid, lymphostatic (high protein) edema will result. Edema is reduced/maintained by the lymph system’s removal of protein which keeps the resultant fluid build-up down.

MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE

Developed in the 1930’s by Doctors Emil and Estrid Votter (Denmark), Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) stimulates the flow of lymph. The rhythmic massage technique stimulates the lymphatic vessels, resulting in:

  • Delivering nutrients to the body
  • Delivering antibodies to the body
  • Delivering other immune constituents to the body

Which boosts the immune system. Additionally, lymphatic drainage massage of the neck and shoulders during a Mukilteo Facial can also assist with treatment of:

  • Edema
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Puffy Eyes and Face

Lymphatic Drainage Massage has been use for years by estheticians to promote healthy skin. The increased lymph flow assures that the facial skin is being bathed in fresh fluid, which results in a fresher, healthier appearance. Be certain to check with your physician prior to Lymphatic Drainage Massage, as there are cases where the technique is contraindicated.