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Advanced Therapeutic Massage by Irena Hnatjuk-Zahirovic
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic Drainage

What is it?

Manual Lymph Drainage (M.L.D) is a gentle hands-on massage technique designed to activate, stimulate and cleanse your lymphatic system. Light touch is applied to the skin's surface over lymph nodes on the body and face. This is an excellent treatment before and after surgery since it alleviates bruising, swelling and inflammation helping to promote a faster recovery. In addition, it is a remarkable body detoxifying treatment with endless benefits.

A series of treatments are most effective. However, the therapist will discuss with you the number and frequency of treatments depending on your individual situation. Always drink plenty of water after each session.

  • Reduces edemas (swelling)
  • Relieves chronic inflammations, including sinusitis and bronchitis
  • Regenerates tissue, including repair of burns, wounds and wrinkles
  • Stimulates and strengthens the immune system
  • Reduces symptoms of allergies and other autoimmune conditions
  • Reduces symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Reduces spasms reacted by muscle hyper tonus and some forms of constipation
  • Creates deep relaxation to aid insomnia, reduces stress, improves vitality and decreases memory problems
  • Treats lymphodema (protein rich swelling of limbs)
  • Reduces adipose (fat) and cellulite tissue
  • Detoxifies and cleanses the body

Pre-Surgery Benefits
  • One to five MLD sessions are recommended.
  • Preps the tissue for surgery - can allow for earlier surgery
  • Alleviates any existing edema (swelling)
  • Detoxifies tissue and stimulates the immune system
  • Induces relaxation

Post-Surgery Benefits

M.L.D can be performed as soon as 24 hours after surgery with your doctor's authorization.
  • Alleviates post-surgery edema
  • Stimulates temporary rerouting of lymphatic’s
  • Reduces pain, alleviates spasms and detoxifies
  • Stimulates immune system and helps prevent post-surgical infections
  • Improves skin regeneration and wound healing
  • May prevent the formation of hypertrophic or Keloid scars

Post-Labor Benefits
  • Speeds up healing
  • Minimizes scar tissue
  • Reduces bruising
  • May assist in controlling pain
  • Relieves fluid retention
  • Reduces pain associated with mastitis (breast inflammation)
  • Promotes a faster recovery
It is advised that all clients seek medical advice before receiving treatment. In addition, it
is necessary if clients are undergoing chemotherapy or any other serious medical
conditions; a doctor’s authorization is needed.
Your lymphatic system - why and how to get it moving
(NaturalNews) When the lymphatic system is not working properly, our bodies cannot remove toxins; fight viral, fungal, and bacterial disease; or regulate the amount of fluid in our tissues. In order to achieve maximum health, we must keep this system functioning well and our lymph fluid flowing.

It is a complex system that includes organs, nodes, and vessels that perform three primary functions: fluid balance, fat absorption, and immunological defense.

When the blood reaches the capillaries, fluid is released from the thin-walled capillaries and flows into all of the tissues in the body. This fluid, called interstitial fluid, bathes the tissues with nutrients and gases as it washes over the cells.

The cells absorb nutrients and oxygen and release their waste products back into the interstitial fluid. Ninety percent of the interstitial fluid is reabsorbed by the venous capillaries, to recombine with the blood and flow back to the heart. The other 10% of the interstitial fluid, now called lymph, flows through the lymphatic system and is filtered through the lymph nodes before being returned, ultimately, to the bloodstream.

If the lymphatic system is not working properly, interstitial fluid builds up in the tissues, and the lymph fluid is not properly filtered and cleansed before being returned to the bloodstream.
Circulation of Lymph
The lymphatic system doesn't have a big pump like a heart to force fluid through the vessels. Instead, our bodies rely on our muscles to move the fluid. Our diaphragms and rib cage as well as the blood pumping through our bodies, do assist in this movement. But body movement and exercise is the primary method of moving lymph. A sedentary lifestyle decreases lymph flow by 94%.
Why is it important to Move Our Lymph?
Lymph contains lymphocytes, (white blood cells: T-cells, B-cells, and natural killer cells) that seek out and kill pathogens. As the fluid is filtered through the lymph nodes, a concentration of lymphocytes clean up the fluid before it is returned to the blood.

If the fluid is backed up and not flowing properly, it becomes viscous. The flowing fluid can thicken until it becomes the consistency of cottage cheese. Fluids and waste are not properly drained from the cells, bacteria and other foreign invaders are not properly filtered and destroyed, and disease, including cancer, may result.
How to Move Lymph through the Body and Assist the Lymphatic System
The major way to move lymph through the body is through movement of any kind. Walking, bending, stretching--any and all movement will assist with lymphatic movement. To really get it moving, bounce. Jump up and down, jump rope, or for the best result, bounce on a rebounder for 15-20 minutes a day. (See the link below.)

You will also benefit from massage, including self massage. (See the link below.) This will assist with flow and move any viscous fluid through the system. Find a massage therapist who is certified in lymphatic massage.

Be sure to hydrate well with clean (preferably spring) water. Beets, berries, and cherries all stimulate the lymphatic system. A healthy diet consisting of
80% raw vegetables and fruits supports healthy lymphatic function as well as general health.

One of Ayurveda medicine's most popular blood purifiers, Manjistha, is known to be an excellent lymphatic tonic. Astragalus, Echinacea, goldenseal, pokeroot, or wild indigo root tea is recommended.
Detoxifying the blood, hot and cold hydrotherapy, candida cleansing, and rebounding
are important components to detoxifying the lymph.

So get off the couch, jump up and down, and eat right to detox your lymphatic system. It's the least you can do for a system that works so hard to protect you. Check out the first source for a more detailed look at the lymphatic syste

It is easy for body tissues to accumulate excess fluid and toxins. The health of your body relies on regular draining of body tissues, which is the job of the lymphatic system. If you want to detox your lymphatic system and improve its functioning, try these detox tricks.

1. Raw Fruit

Fruit is full of acids and enzymes that cleanse your lymphatic system. For best results, try to eat raw fruit on an empty stomach. For example, start your morning with a couple pieces of fruit or choose fruit as your pre-bedtime snack.

2. Water

Every other system in your body relies on water, and the lymphatic system is no different. You should be drinking water throughout the day before you start to feel thirsty, as thirst is a sign that you are already dehydrated.

3. Quit Other Drinks

On the flip side, get other drinks out of your diet. Soda, coffee, sports drinks, and other beverages can clog up your lymph system. If you have a hard time getting rid of these drinks, you can add flavoring to your water. Good options include sliced fruit or herbs.

4. Massage

Lymph can become sluggish and stop flowing through your body as it should. A properly-done massage can stimulate the flow. Either use a guide to do your own lymph massage or go to a massage therapist with experience in this type of massage.

5. Exercise

Physical movement is a great way to get everything in the body moving properly. Yoga, running, and bouncing on a trampoline are all great options to try.

6. Green Veggies

Green vegetables, especially leafy greens, are an excellent source of chlorophyll. Getting more chlorophyll into your body can detox your body and purify your lymphatic system.

7. Herbal Tea

There are a variety of herbal teas that can improve the functioning of the lymphatic system. Popular options include echinacea, goldenseal, and indigo root. Add a couple cups of tea to your daily routine or look for a lymph system blend.

8. Hot and Cold Showers

Strengthening your blood vessels is a great way to improve lymph flow. Spending a few minutes in the shower and alternating between hot and cold may do just that.

9. Nuts and Seeds

Fatty acids are an important part of your lymphatic system’s health. Nuts and seeds are some of the best sources of the fatty acids. Be sure to avoid ones with added salt, since salt can actually stress your lymphatic system.

10. Dry Skin Brushing

Sluggish lymph flow is one of the main symptoms of a weak lymphatic system. Stimulating proper lymph flow can promote a healthy lymphatic system. Use a coarse brush to brush your skin in circular motions prior to your shower. Move up from the head  down to the heart, and then from the feet up to the heart.

11. Deep Breathing

Proper breathing techniques assist lymph in its flow throughout your body. Short, shallow breaths may impair your lymph flow. In contrast, deep, slow breaths may improve lymphatic health. Make a habit of spending several minutes deep breathing every hour.

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