What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?


Lymphatic Drainage (also called MLD, Lymphatic Massage) is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that uses specific movements that act as an external pump to direct lymphatic fluid through lymph channels and enhance the release of toxins. It can re-direct fluid around blocked areas (ex: in the treatment of lymphedema or when scar tissue is present) into healthy lymph vessels, which then drain into the venous system. Lymphatic Drainage  also has a soothing and analgesic effect on the body. Although often used with the term 'massage' it is not massage in the traditional sense of the word.


Lymphatic Drainage Treatment Benefits:


* Preparation of tissue for surgery
*  Iinduces a state of relaxation 
* Stimulation of the immune system
* Prevent or alleviate edema or                  swelling
* Pain reduction
* Stimulates the immune system 

* Helps prevent post-surgical                     infections  
* Improves skin regeneration

Who should NOT receive Lymphatic Drainage Treatments?


Those with:

*Congestive Heart Failure

*Renal Failure
*Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or
*Acute Infections

** Always let your therapist know about any medical conditions that have changed


What should I expect during a Lymphatic Drainage Treatment?

When your appointment begins, I will review the electronic Intake Form that was sent prior to your appointment.  
We will either be at your outcall location or at my clinic(where we have a private treatment room).  I will then step out of the room for you either to disrobe to your level of comfort or you can leave your clothing on (Lymphatic Drainage is effective in either case) and I will wash my hands.  Upon returning, you will be lying on a cushioned massage table and we will begin the session.  If clothes have been removed I will use secure and modest draping for whatever part of the body we are working.
This treatment does not usually include lotion or oils unless you would like traditional masssage incorporated into your session.
A typical massage lasts about an hour, although sessions can range from 30 to 90 minutes.
After a massage, I will step out of the room and allow you to relax alone for a few minutes and then get dressed.