Lymphatic drainage – How is it done?
Manual lymphathic drainage (MLD) is a relaxing and gentle treatment that is performed with light pressure, strokes and pumping techniques. It is a full body massage given with essential oil. The massage itself always starts with you sitting and then lying on your back. A lymphatic massage includes massage of face, neck, shoulders, back, décolleté,, arms, hands, abdomen, legs and feet. You will have time at the end to rest and relax.
At the first visit, we go through the health declaration that will be sent to you in advance by e-mail. The case history can take up to 20 to 30 minutes. You can get advice on self-care, diet and lifestyle routines (related to your visit) if you wish. Then you will receive the lymphatic massage that can take 75 to 90 minutes. On a follow-up or revisit, we will have a talk before you will get your massage (60 to 70 min). During the treatment you will have your underwear on and your body will be covered with towels and a blanket.
Benefits of lymphatic massage:
•Strengthens the immune system
• Improves sleep
• Reduces physical and mental stress
• Increases the body’s own production of cortisol, insulin, oxytocin and endorphins
• Increased body awareness
• Lymphatic circulation increases, toxins are removed
• Reduces pain
• Reduces anxiety
• Improves digestion
• Increases lymphatic circulation
What can I expect from manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)?
Lymphatic massage is deeply relaxing treatment that releases tension from body and mind. The treatment is therfore a very beneficial massage to reduce stress and promotes a good night’s sleep. It can be highly effective to reduce anxiety and depression. Given regularly, this massage can prevent infections and common colds. The technique helps relieve congestion by loosening mucus in sinuses and lungs. If the cause of having headaches or migraines comes from poor blood or/and lymphatic flow, lymphatic drainage can be very helpful to reduce them. MLD is beneficial for anyone with rheumatic conditions, body aches and other pain syndromes, such as fibromyalgia. It is an excellent treatment to reduce swelling or edema in arms, hands, legs, and feet, as well as cold and numb hands and feet. Lymphatic massage reduces postoperative swelling after breat surgery and burn scars. This massage treatment is also suitable for pregnant women (week 12 to 28) and breastfeeding women. It is a favourable massage technique for people having type 2 diabetes. Although most people feel that they need a “muscle massage”, a soft lymphatic massage can provide much more relaxation in the muscle tissues than a regular massage and is highly recommended for tense, tired and sore muscles.
What happens in the body during MLD?
We live in a stressful world nowerdays, where we often walk around with tense and stiff muscles, and as a consequence the lympf flow gets impaired. The muscles’ energy and nutrient depots are very limited and therefore dependent on good blood circulation. It is the blood circulation that supplies the muscles with nutrients and oxygen and that is responsible for the transport of acidic metabolic products and toxins out of our system. An increased acidity irritates pain receptors and the pain makes you even more tense. This in turn leads to a further impairment of circulation. A vicious circle begins. During a treatment, it is therefore important to promote relaxation as much as possible, so that the body’s various organ systems can function properly and that the lymph flow can flow freely. This is where the body’s self-healing powers kicks in! Only when the drainage works optimally can the cells flourish. The vast majorityof people get sleepy and come in a state of deep relaxation and rest. Therefore, it is important not to stress after treatment and to take it easy afterwards.
To begin with, I recommend 2 to 3 treatments every two weeks. For more chronic lymphatic conditions, you can go once or twice a week for acouple of months. Treatments can be customize in length. After the initial phase I recommend lymphatic massage once every four weeks. Regular self-care routines and lifestyle adjustments can be discussed in an Ayurvedic health consultation. As an Osteopath I work with the lymphatic system but more in a structual way. I do mobilize the upper body’s outer and inner structures. I work the breathing system and lymphatic drainage points by using mild articulation techniques. Both treatment modalities complement each other very well.
What effects or side effects does lymphatic massage has?
Directly after the massage treatment, you may feel cold. You may experience ”cold showers” during the massage as well and that is why you will be covered with a blanket during the session despite being quite warm. Most people feel very relaxed and sleep afterwards. The visit to the toilet can become more frequent and some experience a change in the smell / color of the urine. Lymphatic drainage is a “cleanse” and you may get a headache and loose stool. In few people, the treatment can trigger thoughts and feelings, that can be interpreted as ”mental cleanse”. Feel free to contact me after the massage if you have questions or concerns about the side effects.
Is there any difference between lymphatic massage and lymphatic drainage?
Lymphatic massage and lymphatic drainage are the same thing, there is no difference. Lymphatic drainage or massage follows the natural direction of lymph flow and makes it easier for metabolic by-products and toxins to leave the body. It has been developed since it was presented at a health fair in Paris by Dr. Vodder in 1936, and it has become a successful treatment modality in conventional medicine and alternative medicine. It is performed with soft touch, circular movements and pumping techniques in order to help the lymph fluid to flow freely towards the major drainage points in the body.
Are there any contraindications?
Lymphatic drainage should NOT be performed if you have:
• Cancer (malignant tumors)
• Fever or a common cold
• Acute inflammation (swelling, heat & pain)
• Early and late stage of pregnancy
• Hemophilia (inherited bleeding disorder)
If you are not sure if you can come, please consult your doctor!
New client – 1,290 SEK
Prior to your visit you will fill in a health declaration that we will talk about in an initial consultation that will take about 20 to 30 minutes. We will cover your current health issues, medical history, medication and general lifestyle. You can get advice on self-care routines, breathing exercises and dietary advise if you wish. The lymphatic massage itself will take about 75 to 90 minutes.
Follow-up visit – 950 SEK
During the follow-up visit, we talk about your health, progress and effect of the previous massage you had. The lymph drainage massage afterwards will take about 60 to 75 minutes.
New client massage package – 2,890 SEK
This massage package includes the initial consultation and massage (90-100 min) and two whole body massage treatments (75-90 min). it is perfect if you have chronic lymphatic issues that require several treatments in a short time. All three massage treatments should be taken within one month or according to agreement.