The lymphatic system is a crucial part of your immune system. Through a network of hundreds of lymph nodes, it drains fluid (called lymph) to be transported back into your bloodstream. It also removes bodily waste and carries white blood cells that help prevent infection. Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) is a gentle technique, that stimulates the lymphatic system to promote the flow of lymph fluid around the body. The massage encourages the natural drainage of the lymph, helping to eliminate your body's waste, reducing swelling, as well as boosting your body's immune system. The lymphatic system is a truly amazing system and when looked after, you will: Have more energy Less colds/flu Recover from surgery quicker Reduce swelling – from sport injuries or illness Promote better healing of scars Clearer skin
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is beneficial for; Lymphoedema Lipoedema Edema Pre and Post surgery Post cancer treatment Post strenuous sporting events/training Are suffering from Arthritis or chronic inflammation
as well as if you; - suffer from headaches - in swelling reduction - experiencing anxiety and/or depression - suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - experiencing hormonal imbalances - wanting to balance your emotions - wanting to detox - through breastfeeding - suffering from colds, flu, tonsillitis, sinus & yeast infections.
Please see below for more details on how Lymphatic Drainage Massage can help specific conditions.
In a study conducted by Laurie Casas, M.D., and Patricia Depoli, M.D., the question of whether or not MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) produces significant outcomes was evident.
“We see complete resolution of postoperative edema, bruising and fibrosis within 9-18 months in non-MLD patients. Those given MLD healed within six weeks to three months, significantly shortening postoperative recovery.”
Virtually everyone is a good candidate for lymphatic massage. However, if you suffer from any physical condition such as congestive heart failure, deep vein thrombosis, have an acute infection or fever, or are taking medications, please speak to your doctor before booking a massage session.
What to expect. Before any manual therapy can begin, an intake form will be taken and discussed with you to assess what you are expecting from the treatment and what treatment plan will be implemented.
Treatment is not painful, as slow, light stokes are used over the skin. My goal is to use just enough pressure to stretch and maneuver the skin but never to cause you discomfort or pain. During my massages, I focus on the primary areas where your lymphatic system is rich with lymph nodes. These include your abdomen, armpits, neck, and hip area. Additionally, your organs such as your lungs, digestive tract, gall bladder, and liver will also be the focus of attention during the massage. And if you have any other areas you’d like me to focus on I’d be happy to address those as well. Post treatment, it is important to drink plenty of water. It is important to be aware some people can feel unwell that evening or following day as the lymph moves through the body. It is advised if possible, to have a quiet day post your treatment.
PRICES: 1hr upper body, including facial rejuvenation ; $80 1hr body sequencetargeting problem areas (doesn't include the face); $80 1.5hr Full Body Sequence; $120 add 30min energy rebalancing; $50
For those who have had body trauma (surgery/illness); It is recommended that you have 2 sessions per week for 2 weeks to allow the body to clear out the lymphatic system and to rebalance. Regular 'maintenance' massages (monthly/ 6 weeks) will help your body to eliminate toxins and perform at its best.
Sessions are available in Katrina's home studio in Springwood.
Lymph drainage massage is perfect for before and after surgery, especially cosmetic procedures. It is able to increase blood flow, remove stagnant tissue fluid, and reduce stress and anxiety associated with surgery. The surgical patient, in particular, benefits largely from manual lymphatic drainage,” says cosmetic surgeon Bart Rademaker, M.D. “In these situations, the normal homeostasis is upset through anesthesia or tissue injury, and the normal channels to remove excessive toxins or waste are overwhelmed." “Effective manual lymphatic drainage definitely improves surgical outcomes and speed of recovery,” he adds. What’s more, it is all natural and with no side effects! After surgery, lymphatic drainage massage will speed healing and reduce scar tissue and inflammation. It should not be performed immediately after surgery, however, due to the risk of blood clots and infection. Wait at least six weeks after surgery, or when a doctor clears you for lymphatic massage.
Scar-tissue prevention and fibrosis reduction. Lymph fluid left to build up below incisions or sitting in interstitial space can solidify, causing the formation of scar tissue and fibrotic tissue. These tissues are often felt as ball-like substances below the skin surface. MLD prevents lymph fluid build up and solidification, for a seamless scar.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a way of reducing swelling caused by fluid build up after cancer treatment. It is also effective for edema. Edema is the abnormal accumulation of fluid in various tissues of the body. Although lymph drainage massage can reduce edema, it can also aggravate severe conditions in which edema is a symptom. Some severe causes of edema include cirrhosis, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure. If you do not know the cause of your chronic edema, consult a doctor before getting lymphatic drainage massage.
For individuals who have arthritis pain, Lymphatic Drainage massages can help. Specifically, lymph drainage can remove fluid, extravasated cells, including neutrophils, macrophages and lymphocytes; and inflammatory factors such as bradykinin, histamine and prostaglandins from the site of inflammation to the lymph nodes and to secondary lymphoid organs. The lymphatic system thereby contributes to the decrease of inflammatory response. In cases of chronic inflammation, lymphatic vessels help to resolve proinflammatory cells from the site of inflammation. (Huggenberger, R., et al. Blood. 2011, April 28; 117(17).) Because it is such a gentle massage, I make sure you feel no pain. The session is tailored to the particular points of inflammation.
Lymphatic drainage massage could also improve unhealthy skin due to poor circulation. This massage technique will stimulate blood circulation, bring nutrients to the skin, and remove toxins and wastes from skin cells. The massage is known to be useful for eczema, rosacea, and acne, although it’s best to avoid this massage during the acute stage of any skin problem.
Since the immune system is directly linked to the lymphatic system, lymphatic drainage massage can stimulate white blood cell circulation, improve immune system function, and increase antibody production. This will fight off infections like colds or flu and reduce inflammation. People who are prone to getting sick are also encouraged to get lymphatic drainage massage on a regular basis. The general recommendation is a daily massage for one week or one massage weekly for a three-month timeframe.
If you find yourself worn out, tired, and stressed, lymphatic drainage massage is a great way to restore your body. To achieve the full benefits of a recharge you’ll need to have at least four sessions. This allows your body to recharge and helps your lymphatic system detox the built up toxins.
The relaxation brought on by lymphatic drainage massage may help relieve headaches and reduce pain, depression, stress, fatigue, and insomnia. If the body is 'full' of toxins, it affects our minds, body & spirit. By helping your body unwind and strength your natural healing ability through the parasympathetic nervous system, your 'feel good' hormones have a chance to do their job.