What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage ?
Lymphatic Massage is commonly referred as Lymphatic Drainage which is a specialized massage type that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. This involves a gentle rhythmic massage treatment and movement of the hands which pushes fluid towards the lymph nodes. Once fluid reaches the nodes, it can be transported elsewhere in the body, using the lymphatic drainage system. This can assist the body’s natural ability to remove any build-up of toxins.
The system’s network of vessels and nodes contains lymph, a mixture of water, proteins, immune system components, waste products, and other remnants of cell metabolism.
History of Lymphatic Drainage Massage:
During the 1930s, a man named Emil Vodder moved from Denmark to France due to poor health. However, his deep interest in anatomy never wavered and an intense fascination with the lymphatic system. As a result, he developed a massage technique, later called Vodder lymphatic drainage, and presented it at a conference in Paris.
By the 1960s, his lectures started to draw attention from doctors who admired his work and made the connection between this massage technique and lymphoedema. In 1965, Emil Vodder made another presentation describing breathing, dieting, and relaxation techniques to accompany lymphatic drainage massage.
Vodder’s lymphatic massage techniques involved rhythmic manipulations to stimulate lymph flow and fluid movement. After much success with his patients, he developed a series of techniques for a more systematic approach. This technique eventually became known as Manual Lymph Drainage.
In the 1970’s the Vodder lymphatic drainage technique was brought from Austria to North America. It became increasingly important for the skin and beauty industries as well.
Today, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is one of the most widely practice massage techniques throughout the world
( cited History and Techniques of Manual Lymph Drainage – Denise Drisdelle)
How do lymphatic drainage massages actually work?
Said to help the lymphatic system do its job, lymphatic drainage massage allegedly helps to speed up
the removal of waste and toxins from the body.
Pressure-wise, it’s much lower in intensity and follows a particular stroke pattern to generate its results, with the first stroke being done to stretch the skin, while the second, more directional stroke is performed to send lymphatic fluid towards the nearby lymph nodes.
While most people are eligible for lymphatic drainage massage, those who experience any of the following are generally advised to avoid it and speak to a doctor first:
- An infection or inflammation in the swollen area
- A blood clot
- Heart problems
- Cancer in the area
Why get a lymphatic drainage massage?
Today, men and women incorporate lymphatic drainage massage into their skincare and wellness routines given itsdetoxification 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.
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