I get a lot of questions regarding recovery and it's one of my favorite topics. One concept often mentioned is lymphatic drainage.
Let's first discuss the lymphatic system. It is part of the circulatory and immune system and is made up of vessels, organs, and tissues. The lymphatic system removes toxins and waste products from the body, protects from foreign bacterias, and maintains fluid levels in the body by moving a fluid called lymph through the bloodstream.
Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that uses light pressure and long strokes across muscle groups to increase the flow of lymph. There are also ways to lymphatic drain without massage.
This technique is used to drain and reduce toxins and other harmful fluids in the body. By increasing the lymph circulation, waste products such as lactic acid are also removed!
Ok, so now let's try it!
Here are some great ways to lymphatic drain:
I personally incorporate the leg raise as much as possible because it's easy and you can do it anywhere while answering texts or emails! You can also use that time to meditate! When I have time, I also try to alternate between a hot bath and cold shower. Lastly, I want to get into dry brushing, I haven't yet but I'll definitely write a blog post about it when I do!
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By now, we've had to get used to this new normal and make some changes. But who says change has to be negative?
I've created a list of quarantine routine additions that have made a super positive impact on me mentally and physically.