How Lymphatic Fluid Moves
As we now know, lymphatic fluid is derived from tissue fluid and moves throughout the body, stopping at lymph nodes. Lymph nodes filter the lymphatic fluid passing through them and reabsorb some components into the bloodstream, while the rest of the lymph travels through the lymphatic system, moving toward the thoracic ducts (located at the base of the neck and under the clavicles), where its contents rejoin the bloodstream and enter the kidneys through the heart. The kidneys filter and process the blood, eliminating metabolic waste in the form of urine.
The goal of lymphatic massage with Body Tool is to restore tissue equilibrium and ensure that lymphatic fluid circulates properly, allowing all body processes to function smoothly. If the body is not in a state of equilibrium and too much fluid accumulates in tissues, they become soft and “boggy” to the touch. If there is too much fluid, this can impede cellular nutrition—oxygen and nutrients need more time to pass through the tissue and enter cells via the interstitial fluid. This also means that cellular metabolic waste will take longer to reach the transport system that will eliminate it from the body. When the lymphatic system functions well, we feel good.
There are many reasons why the lymphatic system can become sluggish and malfunction, leading to stagnant fluid in tissues. Environmental pollutants, toxins, poor diet, mucous buildup, prior viral or bacterial infections, alcohol intoxication (which explains why we wake up puffy), and more can all contribute to cellular congestion.How Body Tool Works
When we use Body Tool for self-massage, we stimulate the lymphatic system, encouraging it to move more quickly and move lymph to lymph nodes located throughout the body, primarily in the neck, armpits, and groin. Massage helps accelerate the removal of stagnant fluid and its catabolic remnants, directing all fluid upward and thus helping our lymphatic system function better.
There are even deeper techniques for self-massage with Body Tool that focus on deep drainage, specifically eliminating fat deposits by draining them from adipocytes (the cells primarily composing adipose tissue) to nearby lymphatic “stations.”
To learn more about the relationship between fat and the lymphatic system, read this study on "Lymphatic drainage affects lipolytic activity of femoral adipose tissue in women
To conclude this article, it's worth emphasizing that massage is a wonderful opportunity to work with our bodies "from the inside", helping it achieve its best performance in the most natural and environmentally friendly way possible. We've discussed the main benefits of lymphatic drainage, which include transportation and removal of stagnant fluids, but that's not all it has to offer. It also has some pleasant "side effects," including:
Fun fact: Each of us has between 600 and 800 lymph nodes, ranging in size from a pinhead to a kidney bean. They are grouped or chained together, and although we know where they are located, the precise location is unique to each person. Just like all of us :)
- Stimulating blood circulation and tissue regeneration (which becomes more difficult as we age)
- Improving skin elasticity and firmness
- Reducing swelling and water retention
- Strengthening the immune system by removing toxins
- Giving the skin a healthy glow
- Providing an overall feeling of lightness in the body
- Awakening the body
- Boosting metabolism