Origin of the Lymphatic Drainage?
Developed to treat lymphedema, lymphatic drainage (or lymphatic massage) is a very light massage technique that encourages lymph flow in the body.
Lymphatic drainage is born in Europe. Professor Winiwarter published a book in 1892 in Austria on lymph edema, which describes the basis for a method of massage to reduce edema.
Medical level, the benefits of lymphatic drainage have been known for over 50 years. The precursor of this approach is Dr. Vodder, to whom we owe the term MLD: manual lymphatic drainage. To prove the effectiveness of this massage technique, he led clinical trials in 1958. Today, the therapeutic indications MLD we practice come from his experiments.
What is the lymphatic system?
Lymphatic system is the system that keeps us healthy. The system delivers nutrients to cells, and takes away excess water, toxins, viruses, bacteria and cellular waste. Is it a system of vessels and lymph nodes, and it is located directly beneath the skin. The light, circular massage of the skin stimulates those vessels, and by stimulating it, the body’s immune system is improved, and detoxification of the body is faster. Lymphatic massage also helps the body heal from the surgery.
Minor acnes and pains, susceptibility to flu and colds may be due to the sluggish lymphatic system.
What is lymphatic drainage?
Today, lymphatic massage is good for detoxification, edema, and pre- and post-plastic surgery. Moreover, it is great for cellulite treatments, scar tissue, redness, and acne and spider veins. The great benefits of lymphatic drainage is seen in breast cancer treatments as well. In a word, it is an excellent treatment for anyone who wants to strengthen the metabolism, for people who have poor circulation and for those who wishes to lose weight and cellulite.
What should one expect from lymphatic drainage massage?
The massage should be very soothing and relaxing, and circular movements are very light. This technique can be used as a part of a facial massage or as the massage of the whole body. The therapist will gently rubs, stroke, tap or push the skin, following the structure of the lymphatic system. It is important to follow the lymphatic system so that lymph fluid could flow through the proper channels.
This is a very gentle massage and one should not experience pain, although certain nodes may be painful due to the congestion. The session usually lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. It is crucial that you drink lots of water to aid cleansing of the body.