What is it Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Originally developed by Danish doctors in the ’30s as a treatment for chronic sinusitis and other immune disorders, it is now recognized as a primary tool in lymphedema management, as well as a preventive therapy in healthy individuals.
Unlike the cardiovascular system which has its own pump – our hart, the lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes. The efficiency of this natural cleansing process may occasionally be curbed by water retention due to weak circulation in the legs (from prolonged sitting, standing, or excessive walking), high sodium intake, or hormonal and medical stress such PMS, contraceptives or surgery. Lymphatic massage is recommended as after procedural care for liposuction and plastic surgery.
Through light, rhythmic hand movements MLD promotes lymph movement towards the major lymph nodes located directly under the collarbone, underarms, inside of the elbows, under the knees, and inguinal crease. In my practice I incorporate dry brushing techniques to increase blood flow, as well as to aid relaxation. Together with healthy diet lymphatic massage can help with water retention, exhaustion, bloating and swollen ankles, while boosting your immunity and detoxifying the body. The lymphatic treatment takes about 40min and is finished with a relaxing back rub in one 60min session. You can also request a 90min combo of a full body lymphatic and sports massage.
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