Manual lymphatic drainage is described as “One of the best kept secrets on the health and beauty scene”.
Manual lymphatic drainage’s intensely relaxing effect masks the strength of the treatment itself. It is a very gentle, repetitive and rhythmical light touch massage that improves the ability of the body’s lymphatic system to cleanse from the inside out
Energetic and Mind Body Effects of Manual Lymphatic drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) was developed in the 1930’s by the Danish practitioner Dr Emil Vodder and widely recognised and practised in American and European clinics to treat variety of different conditions.
Breathing techniques are also an important part of this treatment.
You’ll usually be lying down and may have to remove some of your clothing. The massage is done without any oils or creams, using the hands very gently to move the skin in a particular direction.
Lymph drainage massage has many beneficial effects beyond the physiological process such as meditative state. While stimulating lymph flow on a physiological level, MLD will relax the client breath and heart rate, resulting in a balancing of the client energy.
The MLD Treatment – what to expect
The first visit to a trained MLD therapist will include a consultation during which the therapist will recommend the number and frequency of future sessions. Each session will last approximately one hour. Where appropriate the therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner
Lymphatic drainage is a specialized hand technique that consists of very gentle and rhythmic movements, administered by a highly trained therapist. Each stroke slightly moves the skin in the direction of the lymphatic flow to encourage the drainage of fluid and waste. Depending what your complaints are, the focus of a lymph massage for general immune stimulation is typically on the upper body, including the face, neck, and arms. After your lymph massage, it’s important to drink plenty of water, reduce your salt intake and avoid alcohol.
Lymphatic massage is an advanced therapy. This massage treatment is fully tailored to each individuals needs. Before you start your treatment your therapist will carry out a full consultation ( check Blood pressure, heart rate, Saturation of Oxygen in the cells, medication, allergies or any other relevant information) with you to find out where your areas of concern are and if there is any restriction to any part of the treatment. You will be massaged from head to toe and each area of concern that you mentioned will have special attention focused on it.
Alkaline water pH-9 is provided before and after MLD.
Furthermore, the clients are encouraged to increase the fluid intake (water or water with lemon) . The best way to support a healthy lymphatic system is by drinking plenty of water and engaging in gentle exercise, which will flush out toxins.
Manual lymphatic drainage can be use for many different conditions, and benefits healthy people as much as benefits people with serious illness.
Toxins such as microorganisms, metabolic waste and chemical are removed from the tissue
Proteins are removed from the tissue and returned to the blood circulation, preventing protein buildup in the tissue, which leads to chronic inflammation
Speeding the healing inflammation and reducing infection through an increased lymph flow that helps to distribute immune cells throughout the body
Relaxing, nurturing and supporting , it helps to decrease stress, depression, insomnia, fatigue.
Reduce constipation and abdominal pain
Restore intestinal peristalsis, improves the motility of abdominal organs and improves breathing
Very effective in reducing oedema and relaxing soft tissues including muscle pain. Oedema can be caused by inactivity, hormonal changes, diet or scar tissue. Scar tissue can result from injuries, surgery, radiation or infections, also can be sometimes a side effect of medical treatment, such as treatment with steroids, or can be a symptoms of more serious conditions and a doctor must be consult before receiving MLD
Surgery . MLD can be used before and after surgery, including cosmetic surgery, to speed healing and reduce oedema, Also, being deeply relaxing can lessen the client’s stress and anxiety. After surgery, MLD can help to reduce inflammation, speed healing and reduce scar tissue. However due to risk of infection and the risk of blood clots, MLD should never be performed after surgery without the approval and possibly the direction of the client’s surgeon
Speeds healing, reduce swelling and pain – soft tissue injury
Sluggish Immune system. Frequent colds and allergies are indication for MLD
Relieving stress and tension. Adrenaline are secreted into the blood stream, causing muscle tension, heart and respiratory rate increases, as fight of flight response. In the long run, chronic stress can contribute to degenerative disease. During the MLD muscles relax, heart and breathing rates decrease, moving into relaxation that promotes healing and balances
Fatigue, Mild Depression
Anti ageing treatment. The massage remove wastes and toxins from skin cells and stimulates circulation, bringing nutrients to the skin and damage resulting from exposure to cold and sun, improves appearance and texture, reducing fibrosis. MLD is an important part of the skin care. MLD helps such condition as acne, rosacea, and eczema, however MLD should be avoided during the acute phase of any skin condition. Lymphatic drainage is a very successful beauty treatment, rejuvenate collagen fibers and slow the aging process
Body mind therapies because is gentle and deeply relaxing
Remedying cellulite– enhance the body circulation , improve nutrition, increase metabolism
Contraindications of Manual lymphatic drainage
Thromobosis and phlebitis
Serious illness such as : active cancer, however when a client is in remission and no longer being treated for cancer MLD is generally considered safe
Acute conditions and infectious conditions, fever, contagious skin conditions, infected , open, discharging fluid, or inflamed ( red, hot, swollen or painful)
During asthma attack
During allergies reaction
Low blood pressure
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