Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specialist, delicate form of massage with light pressure and soft pumping action in the direction of the lymph nodes. It is also highly relaxing.

Lymphatic drainage can play an important role in reducing inflammation and congestion, boosting immunity and oxygenation to the cells and enhancing recovery rates from surgery.

The lymphatic system is so underlooked until someone has lymphedema or hodgkins disease!

My Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is recommended for

  • A congested lymphatic system a congested lymphatic system can become sluggish from protein deposits or the flow can stagnate for reasons such as fatigue, stress, infection, emotional shock, lack of physical activity or dehydration.
  • Those who experience swelling of the ankles, knees or hands.  This can often be linked back to the poor flow of the lymphatic system. Carbon dioxide, lactic acid and other wastes are not always drained away by your body and viruses, bacteria and fungi can proliferate causing swelling, infections, parasites and even cancer.
  • Those recovering from lymphatic cancers, especially if you have had lymph nodes removed as part of the operation.  Less lymph nodes means difficulty for the lymph fluid to drain properly.  This can can cause swelling around the area of the operation.  The massage can help and I can give you techniques to do yourself at home.
  • Those with a low immune system who regularly catch colds or viruses. Your immune system works to keep these harmful agents out of the body and attacks those that manage to enter. This is where white blood cells are your best friend. Your immune system does not have a built-in mechanism to move it constantly so it needs your help and this comes via your lymphatic system.
  • Inclusion as part of a detox.  Flushing the body with cleansing foods combined with a lymphatic drainage can be twice as effective.
  • Anybody who wants to maintain a general state of health combined with a healthy lifestyle.

 The key body parts linked to this complex area are:

  • Tonsils
  • Spleen
  • Adenoids
  • Appendix
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Bone Marrow

By massaging the lymphatic system, you are helping all those other body parts to heal.

 

How it works

My Lymphatic drainage massage is used in combination with deep breathing exercises before and after your massage.

 

We start off with a dry body brush to stimulate the nervous system and remove dead skin cells.  The body brushing also compliments the massage techniques used by my hands and fingers.

 

We then drain your neck and clavicle area and work our way down the body to move the lymph fluid towards the lymph nodes.  Any areas of particular congestion will have extra work done on it.  You need to try to relax and continue breathing.   Lymph fluid of the stomach will also be done.  This can be uncomfortable on a full stomach so make sure you have only a light meal before your therapy.

 

We finish with a gentle back massage to fully calm the parasympathetic system, leaving you with a feeling of bliss.

 

You will feel drowsy after this therapy so do not plan anything afterwards and DO NOT have alcohol for 24 hours to gain the full benefits.  Flushing further with warm water for the rest of the day will further aid you. 

 

The best methods of promoting lymphatic circulation are

  • adequate foods and hydration. This has to be top of the list. When I coach people into new diets, the immune system improves, as does the lymphatic symptoms.
  • massage, including the specialist MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage)
  • muscular activity-just move as much as you can
  • exercise (if you can only walk, then walk. If you can run, then run. If you can swim, then swim. It will help you indirectly
  • dry body brushing. This is the one thing I advocate and you have NO excuses for not doing this whether you are couch-bound or barely walking! (I can explain this as part of your massage time with me). Dry Body Brushing is your home tool when nobody else is around and you can take control to do this every day
  • anyone with access to a rebound trampoline will see amazing results much more quickly. It is last on my suggested list but first on my ‘if-we-could-all-do-list”.  I appreciate it is not practical enough but does happen for a small number of my clients
  • hot and cold showers are recommend by the other experts but I personally suggest you do not do any temperature you are not happy with whether it is too hot or too cold
  • watch how tight your clothes are including your socks. The amount of people I see with tight ankle socks restricting lymph flow boggles my min
  • breathwork can help. However, oddly enough the clients I see do not participate in enough self care or breathwork of any kin
  • address the cause and get rid of the symptoms-the most difficult piece of the puzzle of course

Cost

The charge for this session is £45.00 for one hour.  However, if you would like a bit more time on your back at the end, you can book the 75 minute session for £55.00.  Please state at the time of booking.

 
Contact me to discuss your requirements and book a Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage tailored for you-
07903 21552
Chris@makingyouhealthier.com