Lymphatic Drainage

What is the lymph and why is this so important?

Basically, lymph is your bodies drainage and filtration system. It works with the cardiovascular system to return body fluids to the blood. The lymphatic system is a network of tissue and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted material. It also transports lymph, a fluid containing infection fighting white blood cells, throughout the body and also absorbs and transports fatty acids.

When the lymph becomes blocked and stagnant, toxins and waste begin to build up. The body can gain weight; retain fluid causing swelling, compromise the immune system and also result in sluggish digestion.

Breast health and lymphatic drainage go hand in hand. By applying light pressure to certain lymphatic pumps, we assist the body in moving these fluids around and out of the body. The largest groupings of lymph nodes are located in the neck, armpits and groin.

Getting your lymph moving is not just about breasts since it benefits the whole body but they are a good place to start if you are new to lymphatic drainage and is great for breast health. There are also many practices that will get your lymph flowing throughout the body.

Daily Rituals for Lymph Flow


Dry brushing:  

Starting with your ankles in soft circular motions, moving up towards the heart.  My favorite is a Jute Brush-it’s soft enough to brush over your breasts and armpits.

Manual Lymphatic Massage:

A light pulsing, tapping, or rubbing of the skin. Because the circulatory and Lymphatic systems support each other movement helps get both systems flowing. Personally I love dancing and shaking it out, even if it’s only for a few minutes each day. (Sign up for the newsletter to receive PDF’s and videos on Lymphatic massage)  

Rebounding (bouncing on a trampoline):

I figure if this has helped NASA astronauts regain and recover bone mass after being in space, it must also be good for me. Rebounding exercises the entire body without putting excess pressure on the feet and legs. Because of the vertical up and down motion and g-forces associated with rebounding, the lymphatic system is mobilized.

So there you have it, a few simple things you can do each day for your lymphatic system. It is not the massive shifts in life that create the most significant change, it is the small things we do each day that change the way our bodies and minds react to our environment.

Lisa Piluschak