Let’s step back and talk about what lymph is and how it works in the lymphatic system. According to Giordana (Gigi) Vogel, Colombian-born wellness expert and founder of De La Heart, “The lymphatic system is the most undervalued system in our body. It is connected to all other bodily systems and has significant effects on your overall health.”
The job of the lymphatic system is to filter cellular and tissue debris. When lymph (a clear fluid that circulates in the body and contains white blood cells) travels through the lymph nodes (small glands that monitor and filter lymph), it removes waste, protects the body from foreign invaders, and maintains levels body fluid.. As such, it is important for overall health and plays an important role in the body’s immune response. Yet, it’s not just the health benefits that people love, there are also the aesthetic benefits. Proponents claim it can smooth skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and generally create a slimmer, more contoured appearance.
“When you cultivate a consistent practice of self-lymphatic drainage massage, you improve your well-being and truly take control of how you look and feel,” says Vogel. “You will reap benefits such as increased circulation, reduced cellulite, stimulated cell turnover, optimal detoxification process, more energy and overall vitality.”