To be available early-mid 2019
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
The lymphatic system is the frontline in our bodies to fight disease and infection by localising foreign bodies.
It's involved in detoxifying our body, transporting toxins, bacteria, excess fluid and metabolic waste out of our bodies as well as producing other immuno-competent cells (T and B cells) which are involved in fighting infection.
T and B Cells belong to a group of white blood cells called lyphocytes and they play a central role in our immunity.
Stress, fatigue, emotional shock, chemical overloading, infection, pollution, food preservatives and many other things can impair the functioning of healthy tissues and healthy lymphatic pathways.
Functions of lymphatic system:
When can a Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment help you:
- removal of wastes
- excess protein and fluid absorption and removal
- cleaning and returning of substances that escape from the blood
- regulation of fluid volume and pressure in the tissues
- localise infection by transporting immuno competent cells around the body to where they are needed
- produce immunity
- carries food components like fatty acids to the blood from the small intestines.
- post surgery - prevent scarring and promote unwanted fluid removal
- pre surgery - softens and relaxes tissue that is to be operated on, making incisions easier
- oedema and other post traumatic conditions - treated alongside RICE therapy
- lymphoedema (primary and secondary)
- breast surgery (segmental, simple or total)
- dermatology (eczema, acne vulgaris,seborrhoea and psoriasis)
- aesthetically (wrinkles)
- gastro enterology (constipation and digestive disorders)
- nerology (migraines and strokes)
- rheumatology (musculo-skeletal and connective tissue disorders)
- Oedema during pregnancy
- post surgical conditions
- bronchitis (asthma and allergies effecting breathing)
When can't Lymphatic Drainage be used?
- acute inflammation caused by bacteria, viruses, poisons or allergens.
- Malignant tumours
- Thrombosis (acute venous disease)
- Phlebitis (inflammation of the veins)
- Heart valve insufficiency
- asthma due to heart related problems
- very low blood pressure (blood pressure drops further during a treatment)
- localised skin changes
- Sclerosis (hardening of a structure or tissue) in a specific area (particularly near cervical artery)
How can a lymphatic drainage treatment session benefit you?
NERVOUS SYSTEM - It can activate the parasympathetic nervous system to reduce pain by sedating sensory nerve fibres and to relax the autonomic nervous system.
IMMUNE SYSTEM - elimination of toxins from small lymph vessels to nodes therefore improving immune system functioning.
FLUID ELIMINATION - Oedema reduction leads to greater fluid elimination from interstitial tissues.
MUSCLE TONE - Indirect relaxation and pain reduction effect on skeletal muscle and can tonify smooth muscle as in the colon.
What to expect from a Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment session?
Enjoy relaxing in my home clinics in a warm, nurturing environment where soft music will be playing to help you unwind in preparation for your massage.
Lymphatic Drainage treatments sessions are in silence as the techniques used are carried out very slowly and with a rhythmic flow to enhance your relaxation to enable the fluid to move more freely throughout your body.
The techniques used are very gentle and very light. The aim is to apply gentle pressure to 'turn on' the lymph nodes so they can effectively pull the fluid through the lymph capillaries. It involves gently lifting the skin to allow free movement of lymph beneath the skin's surface.
Think of it as unblocking a blocked pipe at the closest drainage point (in the body this is always closest to the heart) and then moving out to extremities. Opening up the lymphatic system will allow vast amounts of fluid to drain back through the system, eventually reabsorbing into the blood stream and allowing the circulatory system to then carry out its function.
After filling out a health history form we will discuss the reason for your visit. Any questions you may have can also be addressed at this time.
I feel this is important, especially if you haven't experienced la lymphatic drainage session before and are a little anxious about what to expect from your first session.
During your session your privacy will be respected at all times and you will be draped with large towels to maintain your modesty and warmth. Only the area being worked on will be uncovered.
As the techniques used require access to nodal clusters, one of which is found in the inguinal crease (where the top of the leg meets the pelvis) you may be required to remove underwear, but this will be replaced with a towel so I can ensure appropriate towel draping for your privacy and dignity.
Similarly, (for women in particular) it may be necessary to access the chest area for techniques to be administered but exposure will be minimised as much as possible. We can discuss this further at the beginning of your session, but there's nothing to feel uncomfortable about as I am interested in your health and carrying out the session for you to gain the maximum lymphatic drainage benefits.
A lymphatic drainage massage is a great way to keep your body in tip top condition but to improve overall long term health - exercise and a healthy low-fat diet - is essential.
Body brushing is a simple and inexpensive technique you can add to your showering routine and it doesn't take long to do. You can also do it wet or dry (depending on what type of body brush you have). It helps to stimulate blood flow, lymphatic flow and improves skin integrity.
Essential oils can assist in stimulating and detoxifying the lymphatic system and these include:
-Myrtle, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Tangering, Orange, Rosemary, Cypress, Hyssop and Myrrh.
I have a variety of suitable essential oils if you would like them included into the massage component of your session (unless you are having a full Lymphatic Drainage session only).
A full Manual Lymphatic Drainage session takes 90 minutes, but techniques can easily be incorporated into the beginning of a Remedial Massage session to improve not only tissue softening prior to a massage, but to also encourage the speeding up of lymph drainage throughout your body for up to 72 hours post treatment.
Session on its own or included in a Remedial Massage
90 Minute Session - $110
60 Minute Session - $ 85
45 Minute Session - $ 70