Why is your lymphatic system so important?

by Shauna Coxe, BAA PSYC, RA, EOT

Your lymphatic system runs through your entire body. It provides a super highway for lymphocytes, the disease fighting part of our immune system, it moves debris from blood tissues, and ultimately maintains fluid balance in the body.

Unlike our blood circulatory system, it does not have a heart to pump it.  Instead, it relies on the movement of muscles in our body to push it. Certain areas of our bodies are rich in lymphatic tissues, including the digestive tract or abdominal cavity, urinary, reproductive and pelvic girdle, lungs and chest. Stagnation in these areas is common and often undertreated. Scar tissue, myofascial restriction, tension, stress, hormonal imbalances and shallow breathing are among the chief blocks to keeping this system running smoothly.

Symptoms of congested lymph go beyond swollen glands in your neck when you are fighting a cold. Systemic lymphatic issues can cause a range of symptoms including

  • puffiness under eyes
  • low immune system
  • allergies
  • fatigue/low mood
  • swollen underarms and chest
  • abdominal swelling/bloating
  • swollen ankles
  • cellulite

Women are all too familiar with lymphatic congestion when they experience hormonal changes in their monthly cycle, during child bearing years and throughout menopause. These changes are uncomfortable and can be very disturbing.

In 2017, Inoue and Maruoka studied the effects of simple lymphatic drainage on menopausal women who were experiencing fatigue and edema. They looked at pre and post levels of two hormones produced by our adrenal glands, a key player in flight or flight hormones. Cortisol, a stress hormone and DHEA, one that counters the effects of stress. They found that after a 30 minute lymphatic massage, flight or fight stress hormones decreased and study participants felt lighter in their body and less fatigued.

Wondering if lymphatic drainage massage is for you? 

Lymphatic drainage massage can reduce stress, work on removing stagnation in the body tissues, improve immune function, reduce swelling and separation of the muscle tissue, and increase mind body connections by reducing tension holding patterns. When combined with customized therapeutic Aromatherapy essential oil selections and guided home-care, results are seen more quickly.

More Questions? 

Please email Shauna or book a phone consult.


Inoue, K., & Maruoka, H. (2017). Effects of simplified lymph drainage on the body: in females with menopausal disorder. Journal of physical therapy science29(1), 115-118.



Shauna Coxe sees patients at Rocky Point Wellness Clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Click Here to learn more about Shauna. 

Updated Fee Structure for Registered Massage Therapy

First and foremost, we want to say we appreciate your business. Rocky Point Wellness Clinic is what it is today because of you, our loyal clients.

Please note that, in accordance with the RMTBC recommended fee schedule, our rates for Registered Massage Therapy will be increasing as of January 1, 2019. The new fee schedule will be as follows:

45 Minute Massage – $90

60 Minute Massage – $115.00

75 Minute Massage – $145.00

90 Minute Massage – $170.00

All listed rates include GST.

Direct Billing will continue to be available for Blue Cross clients.

Again, please know we appreciate your loyalty to Rocky Point Wellness Clinic and we are excited to continue to work with you towards achieving your health goals.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


RMT Position Available

Due to high demand for massage therapy in the clinic, we are looking to expand our team!

If you are a Registered Massage Therapist and feel you would be a good fit for our integrated team, send us an email at info@rockypointwellness.com.

Rocky Point Wellness Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic, established in downtown Port Moody in 2010, with a solid reputation in the community. Our location is walking distance to Rocky Point Park, the West Coast Express and the Evergreen Skytrain line, making us centrally located and easily accessible to Vancouver and surrounding areas.

Our street level clinic is approximately 1500 square feet with 5 spacious treatment rooms. There is plenty of natural light and a large open room available to be utilized for talks, meetings, and various group activities. Our team currently consists of a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an Acupuncturist, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, a Fitness Doula, ​a Holistic Nutritionist and two Registered Massage Therapists.

The right candidate is responsible, dedicated and enjoys working in a team environment. You’re passionate about what you do and provide the best therapeutic care for your patients.

We offer highly competitive daily or monthly rent options, and can accommodate both part time and full time schedules. While working in our multidisciplinary team, there is plenty of opportunity for cross referrals within our space. Linens/laundry and convenient online booking system included. 

* Please note that applicants must have active registration in good standing with the CMTBC to be considered for this position.