Usually, when people hear about manual lymphatic drainage massage they think it’s only for individuals who have lymphedema. While its reputation as a form of medical massage therapy isn’t undeserved, lymphatic drainage has recently become a technique of choice among a variety of massage lovers due to its many benefits.
Why get it? Today, many people incorporate lymphatic drainage techniques into their wellness routines because of its detoxification and circulatory benefits. Research from Europe, Australia, and North America has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies. If performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, this can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage.
Consider lymphatic drainage to address any of these issues:
pain relief from swelling
decrease in joint inflammation from RA and other arthritides
after an illness or surgery
post-surgery flush of anesthesia
What is it?Developed in France, in 1932 by Emil and Estrid Vodder, lymphatic drainage has grown to be the most well known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues. It is a specialized massage technique that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. The system’s network of vessels and nodes contains lymph (which is a mixture of water, proteins, immune system components, waste products, and other remnants of cell metabolism). During a lymph drainage massage, a specially-trained massage therapist manipulates the skin in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels and allows lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes.
It also has profound effects on systems in the body. Lymphatic drainage affects the nervous system, smooth muscles, and the sympathetic system, for example in blood and lymph vessels as well as intestinal motility. Through the pumping and stretching effect on the lymph vessels, this treatment stimulates the contraction of smooth muscles in lymph vessels, helping to move the lymph forward and drain the connective tissue. It can also help a client to recuperate from chronic illness by allowing their parasympathetic nervous system to predominate. Indirectly it may also affect the immune system.
This massage can be incorporated into a relaxational or remedial treatment, or it can stand alone as a full therapy for the whole body or a specific area. This technique is calming and relaxing to receive and clients often feel a sense of well-being after treatment.
NOTE: If you are interested in this specific treatment, please book a regular massage for whichever time suits you, and this will be incorporated into your session.