Similar to many other body rhythms that can be felt or measured, like the pulse or respiratory rate, the Lymphatic System has it’s own subtle rhythm. By applying nickel weight pressure along your lymphatic system mimicking the natural drainage of the lymph flow you aid the body to detoxify and eliminate metabolic waste. Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle, non-invasive bodywork technique that stimulates the flow of lymph fluid in the Lymphatic System.
During lymphatic drainage session, feather light touch is used following the direction of the lymph flow. This touch and flow stimulates the stretch receptors and activates the lymph to move more efficiently. This technique is repeated through a sequence based on thorough knowledge of the lymph system. The gentle manipulations of the practitioner are painless and can easily be tolerated 24 hours after a surgical procedure. LDT is so pleasant and relaxing that many people fall asleep during their one hour session.
The Lymphatic System is composed of a network of lymph vessels, tissue and nodes that is very similar to the Circulatory System.
THE FLOW OF LYMPH IS EXTREMELY SLOW AND EASILY OBSTRUCTED OR CONGESTED.
Lymph is the fluid carried in the lymph vessels. Lymph is responsible for the cleansing of the interstitial space by diffusion and osmosis and then transporting waste products and other substances to the lymph nodes for processing. The purpose of the Lymphatic System is to transport lymph through the lymph vessels, tissues and nodes, filter metabolic waste products, recover important substances from the interstitial space, help regulate the fluid balance system and maintain a healthy immune system by producing and delivering anti-bodies and antigens.
Many things can hinder the flow of lymph, resulting in swelling within the tissue and a sensation that the affected area is “tight” or “hard”. Common causes of lymph stagnation are trauma from surgical procedures or injuries and a lack of physical activity. The goal of LDT is to increase the efficiency of the Lymphatic System, thereby decreasing pain & discomfort and providing a healthy cellular environment. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied with varying methods across the fibers of the muscle/tissue(s).
People from all walks of life can receive an enjoy a lymphatic drainage session. These sessions are known to ease and alleviate swelling and are safe immediately following most surgical procedures. Additionally, mothers who are breastfeeding can benefit from a lymph drainage massage because it can help to reduce the swelling of engorgement and ameliorate plugged ducts. Lymph drainage massages can also reduce inflammation in the body that causes diseases such as arthritis. With so many great benefits, who wouldn’t enjoy this. Book your next session now!
Communicate with your Professionally Licensed Massage Therapist, as you know we do not diagnose or suggest health conditions, but we are here to help you aid your body’s natural ability to heal itself.