Hayley Bieber, Kendal Jenner and Selena Gomez are big fans, Chrissy Teigen raves about it, so what is the buzz around lymphatic drainage therapy? I booked myself onto a course at SHE Studio to find out more about the latest celeb wellbeing trend and discover if it can improve your health.
Your lymphatic system is part of your immune system. It is essentially a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials protecting you from disease by transporting infection -fighting white blood cells throughout the body. When the system gets blocked you hold onto toxins that the body does not want. Drinking plenty of water and exercise help keep your lymphatic system heathy but lymphatic drainage therapy helps move the fluids around the body and rid it of toxins quickly.
SHE Studio offers Lymphatic drainage roller treatment, Roll Slender, that delivers a 60-minute massage targeting the body in key areas. Four times more effective than a manual lymphatic massage, the Roll Slender activates the lymph system, breaks down fat tissue and tones the skin. Owner and lymphatic massage expert, Alex Martin recommended I start with two to three sessions a week for four weeks to notice a change. The treatment involves straddling and moving over the roller in various positions for a couple of minutes at a time to hit the key spots and encourage fluid to move around the body more effectively. The rollers rotate gently across the area mimicking the same technique as a massage. The treatment encompasses the whole body, massaging the back and front of your legs, tummy, arms and bum. At the same time the infrared light helps to heal your skin and muscles as well as increase collagen production to improve your skin’s strength and elasticity. My first session left me feeling a little itchy. “That’s great, it means its working” exclaimed Alex. The itching is a result of the toxins breaking down and moving about the body so its important to drink plenty of water during and after the treatment.
The lymph is connected to immunity, digestive wellbeing and even mind health. A sluggish lymphatic system can result in fatigue, poor digestion, brain fog, bloating and frequent headaches. Roll Slender treatment circulates immune cells around the body, improves the absorption of excess fluid which flushes out the toxins, helps balance your nervous system and prevents inflammation. As well as health benefits, when coupled with a healthy lifestyle it can support weight loss, reduce cellulite and tone the skin. According to Alex “The main benefits of the rollers is to stimulate the lymph nodes, distribute nutrients around the body and eliminate toxins. Regular weekly sessions can boost your over health and wellbeing.”
While lymphatic drainage therapy is big with the A-listers in Hollywood it is also nudging its way into the wellness routines of the UK’s rich and famous. Alex is discreet about her clientele but while I’m there a well know TV personality drops by to roll and I overhear another client talking about a famous singer who lives close by and regularly comes to the studio. SHE Studio is also filling the feed of the Instafamous who live in the surrounding area, with their posts and stories capturing their roll.
I was eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly while undergoing the Roll Slender course, but I noticed a change in my body shape and the texture of my skin. My tummy is a stubborn area I struggle to lose fat from but after using the roller it was visibly flatter and more toned. My bum and thighs were also less dimpled. At the end of my four-week course I had lost a total of 19 inches across my body. All I need now is a holiday to show off my new bikini bod.
To book a course of treatments or enquire about purchasing a Roll Slender contact Alex at SHE Studio.