THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
The lymph vessels are part of the body’s lymphatic system that comprises a network of fine lymphatic vessels throughout the body (both deep and superficial), lymph nodes, and lymph organs that move and filter lymph. Many lymph vessels are located just below the skin of the face and neck (front and back).
“Lymph generally moves in the body due to the peristaltic-like movements, that is alternate compression and relaxation, of the smooth muscles lining lymph capillaries, further facilitated by compression of skeletal muscles surrounding the lymphatic network. Hence, manual lymphatic drainage massage strokes are generally mild pressure strokes rendered in a manner that mirrors the action of the lymph vessels themselves,” says Dr. Priya Peethambar, Spa Manager at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai.