What is a lymphatic system and why is it important?
The lymphatic system is a transportation system. It transports toxins to be released through the kidneys and urinary tract of the body. The lymphatic system is central to your immune system – delivering healthy lymphocytes to injuries or damaged cells to restore them back to health.
Your lymphatic system moves at a pace of 10-12 beats per minute. This is considered rather slow, and therefore can result in a build up of toxins and fluid in your body. A lymphatic drainage massage moves the toxic debris from your body at a much more rapid pace – about 100-120 beats per minute over 24+ hours!
When your lymphatic system is not working properly, the lymphatic fluid stops moving. This causes the fluid to do one of two things: harden or become acidic and erosive like battery acid. You become prone to infection and/or hardening under your skin.
How does a lymphatic drainage massage help?
Manual lymphatic drainage (or MLD) is used to treat various conditions including:
- Neuro-muscular conditions, (including fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, parkinsons)
- Swelling or edema in the body
- Cancer treatments (including breast cancer)
- Post-op surgical procedures (to reduce swelling and increase healing speed by about 70% faster)
- Skin conditions such as eczema and acne
- Brain injuries
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency
- Menopause symptoms
- Sinus Infections
- Genetic lymphatic disorders
- And much more!
What does an MLD session look like?
A manual lymphatic drainage massage is deeply relaxing and nurturing. Using very light pressure in semi-circular motions, Denise opens the main drain ports in your body and opens the pathways to get the lymphatic fluid moving quickly. This is done to boost the immune system as it pushes new, healthy lymphocytes into your body restoring you back to health naturally! Sessions are done either as a traditional massage or over clothing.