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Have you ever come across talk of a lymphatic massage and wondered, "What is that?"

It would be helpful to explain what the lymphatic system is, to begin with. The lymphatic system sends a clear, yellowish liquid throughout your body called lymph. The lymph contains white blood cells and can enhance your immune system so you can be better at fighting off sickness, bacteria, toxins, and more.

Basically, the lymphatic system keeps you in good health.

Through stimulating your lymphatic system by going through lymphatic drainage therapy, you're investing in both your short term and long-term health.

If you've scheduled a lymphatic massage or you're thinking about doing it, then you might wonder what you need to do ahead of time.

Keep reading to learn about how to prepare for your first lymphatic massage.

1. Stay Hydrated

You should always stay hydrated in general, but it's extra-important to drink enough water before getting a lymphatic massage.

Experts suggest that you should drink about 8 8-ounce glasses of water every day. This can also apply to the amount of water you should have before going to your appointment.

There are several reasons you need to stay hydrated before the massage. Having plenty of water in your system will allow the detoxification process to flow more smoothly. If you're dehydrated, the process will take longer and might not be as effective.

Either way, the detox process will still be underway by the time you get home, but you'll be much more likely to fight off any illnesses that can stem from detoxification if you've had your daily fill of water.

2. Don't Eat a Big Meal

While you need lots of water before your lymphatic massage, it's also best to have as little food beforehand as possible. If you're unable to fast before your appointment, then you should try to eat only small snacks or small portions.

The reason you shouldn't have a full stomach is that it can make the lymphatic massage uncomfortable.

A full stomach will make it more difficult to drain the toxins from your abdomen and the organs around that area.

Although it can be difficult not to eat before an appointment, the health benefits you'll receive from your lymphatic massage will make the fasting worth it.

3. Wear Proper Clothing

While it's customary to remove your clothing during a massage so it doesn't get in the way, not everyone is comfortable doing that, which is understandable.

If you'd rather keep your clothing on, then you should wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing that will make it easier for the masseuse to work on the areas that need to be massaged.

Don't worry if you don't have the right clothing. You could also ask for the professional to do their work using a sheet.

Professionals are there to help you and make you comfortable so all you need to do is communicate with them about your needs.

4. Certain Drugs Will Be Metabolized

In lymphatic massage side effects, it's important to know that specific drugs will be metabolized, which will cause them to drain out of your body at a faster rate.

If you don't take any medications, then you don't have to worry about that at all.

However, if you're taking certain post-surgical drugs or pain medications, then you might have to adjust your dosage to compensate for the drainage.

Before scheduling an appointment, it's best to consult with your doctor first.

5. Be Ready to Move Your Body Afterward

To make sure the detoxification process goes smoothly, you should be prepared to get the body moving a little afterward.

We recommend about 10 to 15 minutes of increased breathing and. Keep in mind that it doesn't have to be an intense workout.

You could go for a little walk outside of the place where you got your massage before going to your car. Other options include going to the gym, going home to give your dog a nice walk, or even practicing some low-key yoga.

Whichever way you get your heart going, you should not skip this important step.

6. Be Ready to Rest and Relax

After you've done about 15 minutes of gentle movement, then you should plan on relaxing and resting for the remainder of the day.

It's common to feel worn out after your lymphatic massage because getting the toxins out of your body can take a bit of a toll at first. The following day you should feel good as new, though.

With this in mind, you can pick out a movie or two to watch while you cuddle up on the couch or choose one of your favorite books to reread while you're snuggled in bed.

It's rest that you need and have earned.

7. Call If You're Sick

Getting sick happens to the best of us. If you're feeling under the weather as your appointment is coming up, then you should call.

You can shorten the length of your lymphatic massage appointment or you might have to cancel altogether. The first couple of days of illness are definitely not the time to have lymphatic drainage therapy.

That you're sick could be a sign that your lymphatic system is not working properly, so be sure to reschedule your appointment after you're feeling better.

Are You Ready for Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?

Now that you know all about how to prepare for your first lymphatic drainage therapy, you can schedule an appointment and invest in your wellbeing.

SaunaBar offers all the services you need to feel beautiful and rejuvenated. From lymphatic massage to our one-of-a-kind infrared sauna, you'll leave the SaunaBar feeling new and improved.

Whether it's your first time or your hundredth, we can always save a spot for you. Book an appointment that's most convenient for your schedule. We look forward to seeing you.