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Keep It Moving: The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage

by Vanessa Galati-Drew

The lymphatic system touches almost every part of the body with a complicated network of fluid-filled nodes, vessels, glands, and organs. It’s also one of the most important systems in the human body—a key detoxification pathway for removing environmental toxins as well as body waste.

The lymphatic system works by carrying toxins away from body tissues and into the bloodstream. It’s important to keep the fluids of these systems moving properly to ensure that oxygen and other nutrients reach the tissues through the circulatory system, and that waste is carried away from the tissues through the lymphatic system. 

The lymphatic system can easily become sluggish, especially when it’s overwhelmed with toxic debris. Factors leading to lymph congestion are poor nutrition, injuries, constipation, environmental toxins, lack of exercise, stress, hormone imbalances, and the normal aging process.

Clogged lymphatic flow leads not only to disease and impaired immunity but also to the development of cellulite (lymph lumps); edema (fluid retention); chronic pain and fatty deposits. It can also be a root cause of chronic sinusitis; swollen glands, ankles, and eyes; eczema; arthritis; upper respiratory, sinus, and ear infections; throat problems; colds; tonsillitis; bronchitis and pneumonia.

BELD Therapy

The lymphatic system has no pump (like the heart) to carry waste from the lymph glands out of the body. It relies on the relaxation and contraction of the muscles and joints to move it. Bio-Electric Lymphatic Drainage (BELD) is an accelerated method of moving stagnant, sticky lymphatic fluid out of the body through natural channels. 

BELD therapy uses a light-beam generator that emits a stream of photons (negative ions), which are known for their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This light beam pulses like a heartbeat, improving blood and lymph flow while loosening waste from cells. The hands-on lymphatic drainage technique combines slow, subtle and gently sweeping movements, mimicking the natural rhythmic pumping of the lymphatic system. 

BELD is a gentle, non-invasive procedure, and combined with gentle manual lymph drainage it’s faster and more complete than manual techniques used alone. The session can be relaxing, like a soothing massage, allowing the body to go into the parasympathetic healing mode. 

The result is the breaking up of blockages in the lymphatic system through the re-polarization of proteins. When the polarity of the blockage is reversed, the material slowly erodes and flows out through natural channels, leaving the lymph system free to perform its normal cleansing functions. For best results, follow a BELD session with an ionic foot detox, infrared sauna or colon hydrotherapy session.

The benefits of BELD include reduced swelling; tissue regeneration; detoxification; easing of chronic pain and fibromyalgia symptoms; improvement of venous conditions; relief from chronic fatigue, sinusitis, acne, and allergies; relief from headaches, insomnia, stress and some forms of constipation; improved fertility; and alleviation of cellulite. 

It’s important not to forget about the lymphatic system. When it’s working well, we stay healthy, and if we’re ill, it helps us get healthy again.

Vanessa Galati-Drew is the founder of Cleansing Concepts, located at 353 Lexington Ave., New York, NY (212-256-0032); and 825 East Gate Blvd., Garden City, NY (516-640-5322). Cleansing Concepts also has a new location at the Galleria in Red Bank, NJ. For more information, visit




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