The key piece in Detox
and chronic conditions
Why Lymph Drainage?
Lymphatic drainage is a hands-on technique designed to attain, sustain and maintain proper functioning of the human fluid system. Its origins can be traced to osteopathic physicians and massager practitioners in the 1920s and 1930s. Today lymphatic drainage techniques are employed as standard scientific medical practice throughout Europe and the United States. It has gained much of its popularity from spa marketing for treatment of acne and cellulite, but more on that later.
How do I Know if I Need Lymph Drainage?
Lymph drainage is beneficial for anyone with fluids. Particularly if fluids are congested or you have areas of pain, edema, inflammation or lymphedema. Massage, stretching, or other exercises will be incorporated into the session to optimize your results.
How Lymph Drainage Therapy is performed
The LDT process involves the use of gentle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of the body fluids. While the exact amount of pressure applied depends on the area and pathology involved and how much I like you, it usually equates to very little pressure, sometimes as small as the weight of a nickel.
Using this technique, the practitioner will perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the vessels to assess the overall direction of lymphatic circulation, areas of stagnation, and the best alternate pathways for draining lymph and other body fluids (Chikly, 2001). I will even draw a picture for you so you can learn how to encourage your new and exciting lymph flow at home.
Scheduling your appointment
- Drink plenty of water 24 hours before your appointment.
Appointments for lymph drainage and massage are 60 or 90 minutes in length. Your first appointment will be 90 minutes. Somatic bodywork sessions (5-Dimensional) are 120-minutes. Approximately 20 minutes of this first appointment will be an interview and self-care education for us to decide together the best plan for you.
Have a plan to support your body eliminating toxins that are released after the session.
Please be on time for your appointment. On occasion I am able to accommodate late arrivals and still provide a full session. However, if time is not available to extend your appointment, you will still be responsible for the full price of the scheduled time. In turn, I will discount the price of the session if I am not punctual.
Many clients are trying to schedule and I only have two hands :-) Please respect others' time and reschedule appointments in advance. Appointments cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged 50% of the appointment fee. I will reciprocate this discount if I miss an appointment with you. Exceptions are made as needed for emergency situations.
The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
LDT can be beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions, as well as in preventive health maintenance. In essence, LDT works to help re-circulate body fluids, stimulate functioning of the immune system, and balance the autonomic nervous system. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the result may be:
Relief of acute and chronic fascial, visceral, joint and breast pain
Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedema**
Relief of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies
Immune system stimulation and detoxification of the body
Regeneration of tissues (e.g. from burns and post-surgical scarring)
Deep relaxation to ease insomnia, depression and stress
Antispastic actions to relieve spasming muscles (sorry, not spastic children)
Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
**If you (or someone you love) has had any cancer treatment involving the removal of lymph nodes, PLEASE make sure you are educated about the risks of lymphedema. It is a serious condition and there are many things you can do to prevent it. I would be delighted to discuss with you how to keep your lymph healthy and happy.
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