Lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic massage treatment
The massage uses very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in your body. The lymph system is part of your body's immune system and helps fight infection.
What Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. The lymph system is made up of vessels and nodes that transport and filter lymph fluid (made up of proteins, fats, water, and cellular debris). The lymph nodes are the filters your body depends on to clean up the lymph fluid before sending it back out into the rest of the body. You have between 650-750 lymph nodes found throughout your body - with the largest clusters in the neck, underarms, and groin area. These major collections of lymph nodes ensure that the lymph passes through as many nodes as possible before it returns to the circulatory system. The purpose is to stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels – allowing lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes. Compression and muscle engagement are not the desired effects, so do not be surprised when the strokes applied are very light (Don't be fooled though! Light does not mean ineffective!). MLD follows a specific sequence over the body so lymph isn’t trapped anywhere, making sure every area is treated effectively.
How Does MLD Work?
Here's an easy example: Say I give you a brand new car. All the parts are clean and perfect. Now how good do you think that car would run if you never did basic maintenance like changing the oil or filters? Would everything keep running smooth, or would things start to slow down, get thick, and eventually become clogged? Lymph fluid’s role can be compared to the oil and your lymph nodes are like the filter. Clean lymph fluid is as important to our body as new, clean oil is to the car. This means that it must also go through a filtration process. Naturally, the process is done with muscle movement, breathing, healthy diet and adequate hydration. But, how many get enough to keep lymph flowing and filtering at a healthy pace? With MLD, cellular debris (a component of lymph) is eradicated as lymphangiomotoricity (the speed at which lymph is pumped through your body) is activated by the gentle strokes of MLD and filtration is achieved at an accelerated pace.
Why Get A Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Today, men and women incorporate lymphatic drainage massage into their skincare and wellness routines given its detoxification and esthetic benefits. MLD proponents say the massage technique is effective for pain relief, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions (such as acne and rosacea), cellulite, allergies, headaches, and a long list of other issues. It’s also being used following cosmetic surgery to reduce swelling and flush byproducts of anesthesia out of the body. MLD has become a popular spa treatment for skin care, managing season allergies, detoxification, jet lag, general stress reduction, and there is even a specific type of MLD devoted to facial rejuvenation.
What To Expect During Your Session?
While the gentle strokes can be compared to a light massage, the technique is directed at the delicate lymph vessels just below the skin. The goal of MLD is to increase lymph flow, whereas massage is focused on muscles. While both have therapeutic benefits which are equal in importance they are different in performance. Therefore, a client or patient can expect a pain free and relaxing session while getting all of the great benefits that Vodder-style MLD has to offer.
Is Lymphatic Drainage Right For Me?
You may be wondering whether MLD is right for you, and why you would choose lymph drainage over a more traditional massage. You may want to cleanse your body’s tissues during the change of seasons, after an illness or injury, or following a particularly stressful time in your life. MLD’s focus on detox and purification revitalizes your energy, leaving you feeling ready to face anything. MLD offers benefits and relief for many conditions, it is a gentle, conservative approach with minimal side effects. As with all treatments, MLD should be discussed with your physician who will determine if Manual Lymph Drainage is the right treatment for you and contraindications to treatment.
So now, maybe you're interested - but you have absolutely no idea where to start. Well, I've tried to make it as easy as possible for you to navigate the different options and the benefits of each service. However, if you still have questions please feel free to reach out to me directly and we can discuss your specific situation and decide what is the best path for you. Continue reading to find out more!
How do you know what kind of session to schedule? Well, let's take a look.
Different Services I offer:
Boca Lymphlift of the head, neck and face
Why would someone get this? The main reason is to clear waste from the lymph vessels in your face and neck, while also reducing swelling, abscesses, and pain. Extra waste and proteins in the lymph vessels of your face can cause many issues such as migraines, acne, and swelling. Facial manual lymphatic drainage also helps thin out mucus in the sinuses, which reduces congestion and alleviates sinus pressure. While the Boca Lymphlift is very useful for physical ailments, it also works great as a restorative treatment that leaves your skin glowing and younger looking because you are getting rid of all the stagnant fluid and debris that has been sitting in the tiny hair size lymph vessels of your face all these years! It is because of this that it is also recommended as an anti-aging and wellness beauty routine.
How long are the sessions? 30 minutes - this is not a stand alone service and is only offered as an add on to other massage services 60 minutes - this can be added on to another session or it can be it's own session
Conditions that can be helped with this service: *Anti-aging *Headaches *Post-Op Healing *Acne *Under Eye Swelling/Circles *Sinusitis *Allergies *Alopecia *Teigeminal Neuralgia *Bell's Palsy *Ear Aches *Burns *Glaucoma *Alzheimers
Conditions that would prevent you from getting this service: *Heart, Kidney, Liver Failure *DVT - Blood Clots (2 years clear) *Cancer *High Risk Pregnancy *Unidentified Skin Issues *Flu or Fever *After Injectables (make sure you check with your doctor to see when it's ok to get MLD) *Infection in Gums
Full body Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Why would someone get this? This is a full body lymphatic drainage session. Clients choose this service for many reasons. Some of them include: fight off infection; speed up healing and recovery from the cold and flu (***you must be getting regular lymphatic drainage prior to getting sick in order to get this kind of benefit, since once you become sick I will not do lymphatic drainage on you); reduction in fluid retention - therefore boosting weight loss efforts; improve skin swelling, scar tissue, acne, and stretch marks; reduce stress and fatigue; help with post exercise recovery (DOMS). I have included a more detailed list of conditions further down on the page. If you still have questions about this or any other service, please feel free to reach out to me directly by phone, email, or txt.
How long are the sessions? 30 minutes - this is used as an add on to other massage services 60 minutes - this can be added on to another session or it can be it's own session
Conditions that can be helped with this service: *Post-op healing (edema reduction, pain reduction, reduction of bruising, scar reduction) *Weight-loss (edema related) *Allergies *Eczema *Fibromyalgia *Neuropathy *Cystic breasts *Scars *DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness - after working out) *Faster recovery from sports injuries (sprains/strains/breaks) *Detox boost
Conditions that would prevent you from receiving MLD: *Heart, Kidney, Liver failure *Cancer *DVT - must be 2 years clear *Infection *Skin irritation/rashes *Open wounds *Fever/flu *Blood thinners **including aspirin**
Common Reasons to come in for Lymphatic Drainage:
and How Often Should To Get MLD. It depends on why you are getting it in the first place.
Going in For SURGERY
YOU ARE GOING IN FOR SURGERY AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A SPEEDY RECOVERY WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF PAIN AND DISCOMFORT POSSIBLE. 5 sessions the week before you go in for surgery and then at least 5 sessions post-op starting 48-72 hours after the procedure as long as there are no issues/infections/doctor concerns. *Make sure you get a release form from your doctor saying it is ok to get MLD.
Boost Your DETOX
YOU WANT A BOOST FOR YOUR DETOX At least 5 individual 60 minute sessions (sessions should be done daily for 5 days)
YOU HAVE LYMPHEDEMA
This depends on the severity of the edema and the causes for your contition. I will work together with you and your doctor for as long as needed to get your condition under control. *I am also certified to do the measurements for any compression garments you may need for your arms or legs!
YOU JUST WANT SOME RELIEF FROM YOUR SINUSITIS OR ALLERGIES One 60 minute Boca Lymphlift should do the trick but you can always do a one or two more if you feel you need it.
***Remember*** ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE ANY HEALTH ISSUES YOU ARE CURRENTLY BEING TREATED FOR OR HAVE RECENTLY BEEN TREATED FOR BEFORE SCHEDULING A MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE SESSION.