What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a very very light gentle flowing massage technique more of a extremely light pumping action and pressure (approx 1mm deep). That works with the Lymphatic system and aids the flow of lymph. It is very very relaxing.
What is the lymph System?
The Lymph System helps to protect us from infection and disease and is part of the immune system. Lymph fluid passes through Lymph nodes which are connected by a network of Lymph vessels. the Lymph system is found throughout the body and contains white blood cells (called Lymphocytes) which fight infection. The Lymph fluid transports waste from cells in the body.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is good for:
- Before and after surgery to remove congestion and minimize scar formation
- Particularly useful as part of post-mastectomy therapy to reduce Oedema and Fibrosis and relieve pain and tension (after cancer is cleared)
- Sinus congestion (not infection)
- sprains and aches
- Digestive disorders
- Relaxing the nervous system
- Enhances the activity of the immune system
- Digestive issues – Western Culture’s diet of highly processed foods, stress the lymphatic system with wastes and toxins this coupled with not enough fluid intake leads to a sluggish lymphatic system more waste products and less energy: so good when you are feeling sluggish and under the weather and keep going down with colds. Or you just want a very relaxing general maintenance for your lymph system.
Contraindications to Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
- Acute infections such as: Cellulitis, Flu or Tuberculosis
- Skin disease or infections
- Active Cancer patients
- Any undiagnosed lumps
- Malignant Melanomas
- Serious circulatory problems such as Thrombosis
- Serious Heart conditions such as Angina and Coronary Thrombosis.
- Pregnancy 1st Trimester
It is advisable to GP advice if you have any of the following conditions and would like Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage:
- Low Blood Pressure
- Kidney Problems
- Removal of Spleen
- Brest Implants
- Organ Transplants
- Pregnancy 2nd & 3rd Trimester