At first I got to know Lisa from you. Yes you. The audience told me I had to chase her. You guys were passionate about this so I did exactly that.
She is an author and lymphatic self-care educator (she has lessons!!), and is certified in manual lymphatic drainage and lymphedema.
her new book, Lymph book: Self-care practices to boost immunity, health and beauty It is all about wellness from the point of view of the lymphatic system.
You guys know, I’m obsessed with the lymph system, so I meet Lisa and talk to her podcasts it was a dream. Lisa is also on the blog today answering some of our burning questions.
In this post, Lisa will give us all the juice on the lymphatic system and weight loss, lymphatic drainage for boob health and who should do lymphatic drainage. Spoiler alert: everyone.
Without further ado, let’s welcome Lisa to the blog.
How does lymphatic drainage work? Answers from an expert
♡ Introduce yourself to the audience.
Lisa Gensley: Hi, I’m Lisa. I was born in Los Angeles. I’m obsessed with travel, good food, nature, laughing my ass, and wellness experiences.
I discovered lymphatic drainage when I was at massage school in the early ’90s in Marin County. Once I learned that lymphatic massage was good for cancer patients, I knew I had found my life’s work (my mother died of lung cancer when I was 13).
I’ve worked at UCLA Medical Center and work in private practice for over 20 years. I’ve seen almost everything under the sun. People come to me to look and feel better in their bodies, but what they find is that their digestion improves, the congestion goes away, and so do other annoying issues like inflammation, PMS, Lyme disease and lupus symptoms as well.
I also have guys who come to me because they want to avoid the chronic diseases their parents face. What I love about lymphatic drainage is that the more you do it, the more benefits you’ll feel – and you can do it yourself, at home for free! I teach online classes and the results people experience are amazing and very rewarding for the certification. My goal is to empower people to take their health into their own hands and learn simple and time efficient ways to feel satisfied without the high cost of spa and expensive practitioners.
♡ Why is the lymphatic system ignored??
LG: I think people don’t know much about it. It is often not taught in school the way the cardiovascular system, digestive system, and immune system are taught. Hope that changes soon! Also, historically, the lymphatic system was very microscopic, and it was difficult to detect.
Fortunately, we now have the technology to see lymph vessels and blood vessels. Scientists find genes that may be involved in genetic disorders, and reveal ways lymph is involved in neurodegenerative diseases. They also show that proper lymphatic function plays a role in nearly every chronic health problem—and cracking this system up could have huge potential to help millions of people around the world. It’s a great time to be in lymphatic health.
♡ What are some of the benefits of lymphatic drainage?
LG: The benefits of lymphatic drainage include:educates inflammation and bloating, cdistributes immune cells, andRemoves excess toxins, bacteria and viruses, iimproves digestion, promotes glowing complexion, aRecovery from injuries, surgeries, side effects of cancer treatment, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, helps calm the nervous system,improves energy, hELPS reduces joint pain and brain fog, iImproves the appearance of cellulite, pEducates symptoms such as earache, headache, sinus pressure, hAcne appearance The list goes on and on!
♡ Who needs lymphatic drainage the most?
LG: everybody! Whether you’re interested in the immune-boosting benefits of lymphatic massage, recently had cancer treatment or if you’re hoping to get rid of pesky ailments like sinus congestion, bloating, digestive issues, headaches, PMS, joint pain, inflammation, or are looking for a slim waistline Thinner or glowing skin, lymphatic drainage is right for you!
♡ Talk to us about lymphatic drainage in the boob area. I heard it’s really good for your boobs!
LG: I wrote an entire section on this topic in . format Lymph book! It is very important that we start to really look at how we can take care of our breasts proactively before a problem arises. Lots of women live with thick, hard, and fibrous breasts that we don’t even think about massaging them ourselves.
It is important to note that lymphatic practitioners need permission before working in this area – and it is performed above the breast and on the side waist (not the nipple or areola).
Many women develop sore, swollen breasts during menstruation, or ovulation and lymphatic massage can be very beneficial to help increase lymphatic circulation. Women also tend to gain weight in this area when they are in perimenopause or menopause. So learning some self-massage techniques can help relieve swollen, painful breasts. Clients who told me their breast density decreased on their mammograms from their usual self-care practice.
Lymphatic self-massage can also be beneficial for breastfeeding women (just be sure to massage after feeding or pumping).
Certified lymphedema therapists are trained to work with people with breast cancer.
Lymph nodes are often removed during treatment or irradiated skin can involve the lymphatic system and can lead to swelling or lymphedema. Certified therapists work with clients to manually “reroute” the lymph system to help keep fluid from moving to other lymph node groups.
I love teaching breast self-care to empower people to take their health into their own hands. Since this is a sensitive private area and often taboo in our culture.
♡ How can a person find a good lymphatic drainage specialist? What should someone look for?
LG: I would like to ask first; What are your goals?
If you’re looking for someone who has experience with the immune-boosting benefits, or you have a health issue you’re working on (including cancer), find yourself a certified lymphedema therapist. They are the people who are Vodder trained and use the acronym MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage). Click on this link To find someone in your area.
If you are simply looking for aesthetic benefits (slim waistline, cellulite reduction, etc.) you may hear the word “circumference” or “lymphatic” and see places that also use machines with their treatment. There are a lot of spas that add this method to their list. My best advice is to try to get a recommendation from someone who has been there before or see if you get a good look from their website and be open to trying a few places before you land on the one you trust.
There are also some great facialists who have been trained in lymphatic facial treatments. I like someone who was Vodder trained here too.
♡ I heard there are benefits to losing weight. Is this correct?
LG: Yes! Although it is mostly water weight the first time, eventually as you continue to work with the lymphatic system, digestion improves because the excess waste in the body is not stagnant on a regular basis.
It’s important to note, with whatever you’re trying to do, that you clean other areas in order to get the most benefits. Drink more water, eat clean food, exercise, get good sleep, reduce stress, and reduce junk food, fried foods, alcohol, salt, refined sugar, bread and other processed foods.
♡ I love the lymphatic drainage of my face because I feel it tightens the skin. Can you tell us how this happened?
LG: If your lymph system is congested, it will reflect on your skin – think puffy eyes, saggy chin, and fine lines. Since there are a large number of lymph nodes near your ears, under your chin, and in your neck, facial lymphatic drainage can help revitalize your skin, rejuvenate cells and lead to a healthy glow as you eliminate toxins.
If you have ever had any dental work and had swelling, contact your lymphatic therapist! There is a study showing that lymph drainage can reduce Postoperative swelling and pain from dental surgery Which makes sense to use lymphatic drainage to reduce any facial puffiness after surgery.
Another study revealed for the first time that impaired function of the cutaneous lymphatic vessels leads to the accumulation of subcutaneous fat, which eventually leads to “sagging” of the skin. So, you’re right, lymphatic massage can help contour your face, which is why people look thinner after lymphatic massage.
♡ How can we do this ourselves at home?
LG: I have free lessons on my Instagram Tweet embed.
my book, Lymph bookAnd Filled with sequences for you to learn how to work on yourself. I also have a digital course called The Lymphatic MasterClass where I will teach you all things Lymph…whether you are interested in learning how to take care of yourself or if you are a health practitioner or fitness trainer looking for tips to pass on to your clients. In my digital course, I will be hosting monthly live sessions in addition to pre-recorded content. So you can learn at your own pace from anywhere in the world.
I created a $100 discount code for listeners!!!!
Could you Register here & use Code LYMPH100 for $100 off the course – launch in early September.
♡ Tell us about your book? What can we expect?
LG: it’s called Lymph book: Self-care practices to boost immunity, health and beauty. that it The first-of-its-kind guide on how to keep your lymphatic system healthy based on the five-minute self-massage techniques I originally developed for my high-powered clients in Los Angeles.
It’s full of tips on how to reduce bloating, headache, earache, anxiety, weight loss, acne, inflammation, digestive issues as well as how to get glowing skin and strengthen your immune system.
It’s basically an introduction to anyone interested in the basics of what lymph is, with tangible tools to help you cultivate a body free of pain and lethargy, activate a calmer state, and promote an overall glow – in just five minutes a day.
♡ Where can everyone find you? Strengthen yourself!
LG: I’m everywhere!
I think you did an epic job at pimping me already!!! So grateful to you for all your support!! You are so generous, XX
I’m mostly on Insta: Tweet embed
My website: www.thelymphaticmessage.com
And I have a digital course that will start here: https://www.thelymphaticmessage.com/online-course
Use code LYMPH100 for $100 off a course
I wish you are always healthy,
If you’re into the lymphatic system (I’m obsessed), be sure to check out Lisa The slim podcast HIM & HER.
And if you want more about the lymphatic system, be sure to get a copy of Get the fuck out of the sun. There is a lot of advice when it comes to facial massage, gua sha & ice rolling All of which is incredible for… you guessed it… lymphatic drainage.
+ Tips for finding a file Facial Lymphatic Drainage in your city.
++ Find out what causes a Face puffiness and puffy eyes.