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Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs comprising the lymph, the lymph nodes, and the lymph vessels, which carry fluid throughout the body. The lymphatic system wards off germs, infections, illness and disease while balancing the body fluids. This is an important component of the body’s immune system.


The lymphatic system has three main purposes:

  • lymphatic vessels that carry lymph (clear fluid) which absorbs fluid, waste products, dead cells, bacteria, virus, fats, and proteins from tissues

  • lymph nodes found in the neck, armpits, and groin filter and remove damaging agents (infection, bacteria, cancer cells) with infection-fighting white blood cells

  • the lymphatic system absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system


Bone marrow, tonsils, adenoids, spleen, lymph nodes (groin, armpits, clavicle, cervical and occipital), and lymphatic vessels are part of the lymphatic system. A lymph massage is believed to reinforce, invigorate and stimulate the lymphatic system and encourages drainage of fluid and waste in the direction of the lymphatic flow.


Massage assists the lymphatic system in the following ways:

  • reducing swelling

  • reducing inflammation

  • relieving sinus congestion

  • reducing scar tissue

  • stimulating circulation

  • rehabilitating post-injury

  • rehabilitating post-surgical

  • complementing some forms of cancer treatments

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