Manual Lymph Drainage is a form of massage which uses light, rhythmical, very precise hand movements, pressures and sequences. It requires the therapist to have special training to learn these skills, and the massage therapist needs to have a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the lymphatic system. The massage works at a skin level to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow, redirecting if necessary.
The lymphatic system is a complex one which integrates with other bodily systems. As well as playing a major part in immunity, it facilitates waste removal at the cellular level and assists in bringing nutrients and oxygen to cells. This type of massage is great for detoxification and can assist with cellulite treatments, scar tissue, spider veins, redness, acne and overall good well-being.
A therapist trained in lymph drainage stimulates the lymph system which is located directly beneath the skin by using light, circular pumping movements. This type of massage can be used as a part of a regular massage routine or as a whole body treatment. A lymph massage session generally lasts for at least an hour.
Some of the health benefits of lymph massage include:
Fighting cellulite: Manual lymph drainage works best in earlier stages, but can be effective even in later stages. Massage targets the fat deposits that are compressing the lymph vessels.
Swollen feet: Lymph drainage helps to remove any blockages of flow to the feet that is affecting tissue and causing swelling. The lymph drainage helps lymph to complete its route and reduce edema.
Pregnancy and PMS: Lymph drainage is very effective in both cases, as a preventive method. Lymph drainage can help to reduce fluid retention during pregnancy and is also effective against the swelling experienced by many women a few days before menstruation.
Scars: Lymph draining can help to reduce the effects of scarring, even in older scars, because it activates the lymphocytes which can help to reconstruct tissue.
Acne: In acne, the skin is inflamed, accompanied generally by liquid retained by the skin cells. The draining effect of this technique decreases the inflammation over time.
Surgery: Lymph drainage is effective for getting rid of edemas and hematomas and boosting tissue regeneration following a surgery. Lymph drainage can also be done before a surgical procedure, as it can help to eliminate liquids and toxins from the body, and increase the cells’ ability to regenerate and repair tissues.
We are holding a two-day Manual Lymph Drainage Class on April 23-24, from 9am-5:30pm. Please contact us for more information or to register.