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By Esmé, Nov 6 2015 07:41PM

Want to stop feeling sluggish?

Fancy a glowing complexion, reduce/lessen those dark circles under your eyes?

Ever suffered from the dreaded ‘sock line’?!

Swollen ankles at the end of the day?

What do all these things have in common? The answer… Your Lymphatic system.

We have our very own filter system which helps drain our toxins and excess fluid from the body’s tissues.

The good news! For the majority of us, active and healthy individuals it ‘ticks over’, going unnoticed yet effectively clearing the toxins in our bodies. Eating healthily, doing regular exercise, drinking water and getting the right amount of rest for you, will help complement this wonderful system.

Now for the bad news! Our occasional poor diets, lack of activity and even the environments that we inhabit can negatively impact on our lymphatic system leading to it becoming ‘sluggish’ in its cleansing duties. An overload of the toxins that your body creates will most definitely have a bearing on how you feel on a day-to-day basis.

What can help? I hear you ask... Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD).

MLD is also known as the natural detox massage it is a very gentle rhythmic massage, considered as a preventative or restorative treatment that you could experience to revive! MLD simply helps improve its function and encourages the lymph to flow more freely around the body, removing debris as it goes.

Every day example. I’m confident in saying that we have all bumped into something that has resulted in the unwanted appearance of an unsightly bruise that can stay visible for weeks. MLD will accelerate the healing process by removing the unwanted red blood cells that have leaked from the blood vessel, which create the wonderful colours we see on our skin. Before and after surgery, MLD ideal. Other benefits to receiving MLD such as natural pain relief, regulating menstruation and aiding digestion.

An added bonus of MLD is the sense of deep relaxation during treatment, promoting restful sleep and aiding in increased energy levels.

So think twice next time you put on those tight socks or spend hours kneeling doing the gardening…do you real want to squash those lymphatics?!