Our therapeutic massages do more than simply relax you – they combine the expertise of certified therapists with your personalized treatment plan, so you can reap benefits that actually improve your health. Or you can use our theraputic massages to add or replace your current bodywork so you know you’re getting the most out of every massage you have. Most importantly, our therapeutic massages support detoxification and reduce pain – two of the biggest needs of our patients.
Because the detoxing benefits of therapeutic massage are significant, it is not uncommon for our physicians to recommend that you receive this therapy as part of your treatment plan. These types of massages are extremely beneficial to everyone and therefore we have made it possible for the general public to have access to these amazing massages.
We have two massages that we offer:
- Vine Therapeutic Massage – Our therapeutic deep tissue massage
- Vine Signature Massage – Our lymphatic drainage massage
Both of these massages are done on our Amethyst BioMat, which further promotes detoxification. Read more about our BioMat therapies here.
Our lymphatic drainage massage is one type of therapeutic massage treatment we use often in our practice. Though they don’t have the most alluring name, lymphatic drainage massages are extremely effective in optimizing detoxification and helping those with chronic conditions reduce painful and other debilitating symptoms.
The Difference Between Therapeutic and Relaxation Massage
Therapeutic massages refer to treatments that are completed by a certified professional with techniques that improve your health – this goes beyond relaxation. Our therapists are certified in massage therapy with specific training in lymphatic drainage as well as myofascial release and often many other therapies.
There are many different kinds of therapeutic massages but in our practice we focus mostly on deep tissue or lymphatic drainage. We often start with lymphatic drainage massage because we’ve seen first hand the extraordinary benefits in promoting detoxification and alleviating pain.
What is a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic drainage massage focuses on the lymphatic system of your body. When you think of your lymphatic system, the first thing that probably comes to mind is your lymph nodes. Lymph nodes become swollen when you’re sick. This occurs because the lymphatic system is responsible for protecting the body from threats such as infection, bacteria, viruses, toxins, and more.
The lymphatic system works symbiotically with your circulatory system to bring critical nutrients to tissues throughout the body, while collecting waste for removal. The lymphatic system is considered part of your immune system and is essential to keeping you well. By moving fluids through tissues, the digestive system, and more, the lymphatic system collects and rids the body of unwanted elements.
The lymphatic system also carries white blood cells throughout your body, which fight infections. When tissues in the body become inflamed, it can prevent the lymphatic fluid from flowing well through the interwoven network of vessels. This can cause reduced circulation and buildup at the nodes, which can cause inflammation and pain. Eventually, this build up of inflammation can cause further problems in the muscles, joints, and other tissues.
Your lymphatic system relies on movement to function, which is why certain massage techniques work so well. Lymphatic drainage massages use light and long rhythmic strokes along the lymphatic system pathways to promote flow and reduce the buildup of toxins in your body.
Detoxification is important because it helps alleviate the build up of toxins. Too much toxin build up in the body can have a significantly detrimental effect, especially if you have a complex, chronic condition.
When you get a lymphatic drainage massage in our office we give you guidelines on how to further support your lymphatic system. In addition to our massages you should be improving your diet, dry brushing, exercising regularly, promoting detoxification, and of course getting plenty of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage Benefits
Lymphatic drainage massage benefits are truly impressive. These benefits are especially helpful for anyone concerned with promoting detoxification and reducing pain.
We recommend lymphatic drainage massages to any of our patients who come in with chronic conditions that need better detoxification, including:
- Autoimmune disease
- Mast cell activation syndrome
- Chronic inflammatory response syndrome
- Mold illness
- Reactivated Epstein-Barr virus
- Lyme disease
- Thyroid conditions
- …and many more
Some of the benefits of lymphatic drainage massages that we’ve seen firsthand in our office, include:
- Relieving Pain – This is one of the biggest benefits we see. We have a lot of patients who suffer from chronic pain who are surprised to see how much therapeutic massage helps their symptoms.
- Boosting energy – Through clearing out toxins, lymphatic drainage massages can reduce your overall toxic burden. This reduces the total strain on your mitochondria (the powerhouse generator of your cells), which increases your overall energy levels.
- Reducing the duration of an infection – Through stimulating the flow of your lymphatic fluids, therapeutic massages can help reduce how long you are sick with an infection (alongside other therapies).
- Promoting good immune system health – Regular lymphatic drainage massages can improve your immune system through helping stimulate natural detoxification pathways.
- Improving the appearance of skin – An added benefit of lymphatic drainage massages is that they clear up your skin by reducing toxins throughout the body.
- Restoring metabolism, which supports weight loss – While we wouldn’t want to suggest massage can help you lose weight, we have seen that it can help kick-start your metabolism when paired with other lifestyle changes – like proper nutrition planning and infrared saunas.
- Reducing water retention – Your lymphatic system gets bogged down without movement, which is how lymphatic drainage massage can help with water retention – it gets the fluids moving.
Signs You Should Consider Lymphatic Drainage Massage
When patients come into our office with an overburdened lymphatic system, it’s usually causing them a number of confusing symptoms. This is especially true for anyone with chronic conditions, who often have a several dysfunctioning systems.
Signs of an overwhelmed lymphatic system include but are not limited to:
- You have been struggling with chronic fatigue.
- You have swollen lymph nodes in your armpits, throat or groin.
- You have swelling in one or several or your extremities.
- You have muscle aches and pains.
- You have unexplained joint pains.
- You frequently get sick, including cold or sore throats.
- You have arthritis.
- You have any of the following conditions:
- Autoimmune disease
- Mold illness
- Chronic infections
- Immune dysfunction
If you relate to any of these symptoms or are interested in promoting better detoxification, you should consider having a lymphatic drainage massage. Therapeutic bodywork can help get your lymphatic system running smoothly again.