Manual Lymphatic Drainage
For Post-Operative Cosmetic Procedures
Lymphatic Drainage Massage, also known as "Lymphatic Drainage Technique", or "Manual Lymphatic Drainage" (MLD) is not exactly massage, but rather a very light application of pressure that helps move lymphatic fluid through the body.
A Licensed Massage Therapist certified in this technique uses a very light touch in order to move lymphatic fluid in the body and boost the body's immune system function. (You can read more about the lymphatic system and what a session is like in the FAQ section below.)
I've been certified in and practicing Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) since 2008 and have seen the gentle, positive effects it can have on healing. This work is soothing, relaxing, and subtle, but it also can have profound effects on how your body heals and maintains itself.
Lymphatic Drainage is beneficial to your health from the very first session, but if you are experiencing considerable swelling it generally takes a series of treatments to SEE significant results. For this reason, I have developed a package that will essentially "jumpstart" your lymph system and healing based on my experience.
Because it is important for me to make your recovery and treatment comfortable and affordable, I offer a 3 payment plan for this package in addition to the option to make a one-time payment in full.
I believe in making this work as accessible as possible to those who need it.
If your current circumstances would make it difficult for you to afford this package, reach out to me via email to discuss options.
FAQ About Lymphatic Massage:
Q: What exactly is the Lymphatic System and what does it do?
A: The lymphatic system, like the circulatory system, is a vital system of vessels that removes cell wastes, proteins, excess fluid, viruses, and bacteria.
However, lymph vessels are mostly located just below the skin, so very little pressure is needed to affect them. If more pressure than that of the weight of a nickel is used, it would essentially "squish" these lymphatic vessels which would prevent lymph fluid from moving through the body.
The lymph system picks up fluids and waste products from the spaces between the cells and then filters and cleans them.
Like the roots of a tree, the lymph system starts as tiny vessels--only a single-cell wide--that eventually branch into larger and larger tubes that carry these fluids back to the bloodstream. This network of delicate vessels and lymph nodes is the primary structure of the immune system. The lymph nodes act as checkpoints along the pathways of the vessels. They filter the fluid (called lymph) and serve as the home for lymphocytes—little Pac Man-like cells that attack and destroy foreign bacteria and viruses and even abnormal cells, like cancer cells.
Q: What is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment like?
A: The atmosphere is the same as a massage treatment room with dim lighting and soft music. Although you are in a massage setting, it is important to understand that MLD is a specific form of bodywork designed to efficiently move lymph fluid in your body.
MLD is completely different from a deep tissue, Swedish or relaxation massage that you may be expecting or have had in the past. Treatments involve a very light touch that (though it may not seem so) is extremely effective in reducing swelling and discomfort.
Like a typical massage therapy session, a client receiving an MLD treatment undresses when the therapist leaves the room, lays on a massage table and is covered by the sheet and blanket - and only the areas being worked will be uncovered/undraped.
Gentle rotating, pumping motions with the therapist's hands and fingertips begin at the collarbone area, then focus on areas where there is a concentration of lymph nodes...the underarms, abdomen, groin (along the crease of the leg), and back of the knees.
Usually, the session begins with the client lying in the face-up position because all of the areas of lymph nodes that need to be decongested are located on the front of the body. Starting on the back (even for fat injections to the buttocks) would not be indicated because it is necessary to open up the major lymphatic areas on the front of your body before the backside of the body can drain. It is very important to decongest the areas of drainage in the groin, abdomen, underarms and collarbone areas before sending extra lymph fluid to them. Directing lymph fluid to nodal areas without opening the lymph nodes up first increases the discomfort and overwhelms the nodes, leading to increased recovery time.
Increasing the blood circulation with deep massage and heat can actually inhibit the movement of lymph fluid by changing the permeability of the lymph and blood vessels.
Why & When Should I Invest in a Package?
While there is no one size fits all approach to healing the body