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The Difference Between A Swedish Massage and Lymphatic Massage

Posted on: November 21, 2008

Massage modalities are massage techniques. Swedish massage is the most well-known massage technique and is considered traditional massage. Dr. Per Henrik Ling invented the initial method of massage in modern times during the 1820’s. He studied physiology, gymnastics, and older forms of massage. It employs gliding stroke called effleurage and kneading, friction, percussive, and vibrations strokes. By stimulating the skin it affects nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation.

Lymphatic massage is a modality that emphasizes massaging the areas of the body where the lymph nodes are located. It is also called lymph drainage massage because it increases the lymph flow, thus toxic substances are flushed from the body faster, and therefore, the immune system is improved. This massage is good for people that have a lowered immune system, people with low energy, when someone suffers from edema or a sports injury. Edema is tissue fluid; tissue fluids are reduced with lymphatic drainage. People with lupus or cancer are advised to ask their doctor about receiving massage therapy, as in these cases it can be a contraindication.

The lymphatic system is part of the bodies healing system. It helps to drain, cleanse, and remove toxins and bacteria.

Don Rainwater has written many articles on alternative medicine, vitamins, supplements, and natural healing. To visit his site and to find vitamins, supplements, and health books that will help you find self cure through non-conventional medicine please visit

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