If you’re like us, you’ve heard the buzz about lymphatic drainage massage and wondered what it was all about. We decided to give it a go at The Tox in Costa Mesa–was it worth the hype? Read on.
The Tox Costa Mesa claims that daily factors in our life like stress hormones, hydrogenated oils, allergens and unavoidable chemicals pollute our everyday, keeping us from our highest potential. Their solution? The Tox Technique, which works directly with your lymphatic and digestive system to encourage a detoxification of the body and mind.
What is the lymphatic system?
If you don’t know where your lymphatic system is or what it does, you’re in good company. Until we saw influencers on social media proudly showing off major before and after photos of their toned and detoxified abs, we didn’t either! The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs included in the immune system that plays a vital role in protecting the body from infection and disease by assisting in the removal of toxins, waste and overall undesirable substances. The thought is that sometimes this system can get clogged–that’s where lymphatic drainage massage comes in.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Proponents of lymphatic drainage massage assert that its benefits include:
- Helps lymphatic fluids flow more easily
- Reduce toxins in the body
- Reduce water retention
- Increase blood circulation
- Stimulate digestive system
- Boost immune function
- Decrease surgery recovery time
- Alleviate PMS symptoms
- Improve appearance of cellulite
Our Experience at The Tox Costa Mesa
We were greeted warmly by masseuse, Tracy, and led to a private room for treatment. There, we got undressed and laid under a soft blanket on a warm table. When Tracy returned to the treatment room, she got to work on the legs first. Using her hands, she began making a series of strokes with mild pressure along the lymph vessels to help get things moving. As someone who enjoys a firm hand during Swedish massages, the pressure was perfect, lulling us into a relaxed state despite the movement. After a while of using her hands, she switched to a machine that lightly suctioned to the skin as she moved it. It didn’t hurt but did feel a little odd.
Next, she moved with deep, compressive strokes in a triangle pattern across the stomach, targeting the digestive system. We felt air traveling within the stomach and heard a light gurgling. Tracy eventually moved onto the arms, back and the back of the legs before our time was over.
Afterward, Tracy encouraged us to drink a lot of water and explained we might need to urinate more than usual that evening. Although we walked out feeling tired and relaxed, eventually we started feeling more energetic. We also felt lighter and not as inflamed as during arrival.
However, as with most things, going for a lymphatic drainage massage once won’t magically fix everything inside your body, and it won’t immediately give you drastic results. Tracy suggested we come once every two weeks for a few months before settling into once a month.
So, is The Tox worth the hype?
Yes, the lymphatic drainage massage we received at The Tox Costa Mesa is worth the hype. Although we didn’t see the dramatic difference in the stomach area like some of the photos you see online, we felt a substantial difference on the inside and outside overall. Plus, the lymphatic drainage massage itself was very enjoyable and made us feel great afterward.
The Tox Costa Mesa is open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to its location in Costa Mesa, Californians can also find The Tox in Los Angeles, Studio City and Alamo.
For more information about The Tox Costa Mesa, visit www.thetoxtechnique.com.