WHAT IS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?
WHAT IS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?
Most people are familiar with the body’s blood vessels which carry blood to and from the tissues. But few understand there is another equally vital system of vessels that remove cell waste, excess fluid, Proteins, viruses and bacteria. This is the lymph system, which picks up fluid and waste products from the spaces between the cells and then filter and cleans them. When the Lymph System is backed up or blocked after trauma or surgery we can feel sluggish, puffy, swollen, tired which leaves us more susceptible to colds and infections.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) is a specific type of bodywork that is rhythmic in motion and light in pressure. This helps the body’s lymph system to work better, which in turn supports the body’s immune system. This work is very relaxing, slow and repetitive. It works deeply with the autonomic nervous system to calm both the body and mind.
WHO NEEDS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?
If you feel sluggish, or are experiencing mild to moderate swelling, or are recovering from a sports injury, or from surgery, LDM is for you!! It is also great for people with sinus problems, puffy eyes, and for those who are looking to detox the body.
Athletes & Surgical Patients:
After a sports injury or surgery, lymph vessels can become overwhelmed with the demand placed on them. When the tissues are swollen, deep tissue techniques may actually cause damage to the lymph vessels and the surrounding structures. Lymphatic Massage is the treatment of choice, because it helps the body to remove proteins and waste products (such as bruising) from the affected area and reduce the swelling. This helps to reduce pressure on the cells and allow them to reproduce faster to heal the body. I have seen great results with clients who have had joint replacement surgery. If you have recently undergone dental or plastic surgery, LDM would also be great for you, as it reduces pain, swelling and bruising, and helps the body to heal more quickly.
Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Sufferers:
Since LDM is so gentle, it is well tolerated by those suffering from these illnesses, even though they often experience sore trigger points throughout the body. By encouraging lymph flow and removing waste products, this gentle form of bodywork can help to restore immune function and improve vitality.
In essence, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy works to:
* help re-circulate the body’s fluids
* clear stagnate areas between cells,
* stimulate optimal function of the immune system
* promotes a state of relaxation and balance within the Autonomic Nervous System
As the body responds results can include the following:
* Reduction in edema (swelling)
* Detoxification of body
* Improved recovery from joint replacement surgeries
* Reduced pain & swelling during recovery from plastic surgery (tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation or reduction, facial surgeries)
* Regeneration of tissue from burning or scaring
* Valuable support pre and post surgery
This is a completely different type of massage. Light rhythmic motion over the skin, in essence stretching the skin to help facilitate movement of fluid between cells within the closed lymphatic system. This is really relaxing work the works of calm the body as well as the mind. Breathing techniques are also used in facilitating the movement of lymph in the body.