MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
Manual lymphatic drainage massage has powerful cleansing, relaxing, pain-relieving and immunological effects. In its manual form, it is a gentle, flowing, rhythmic massage. Manual lymphatic drainage massage is used primarily to promote the optimal functioning of the lymphatic vessels that lead to the circulatory system. Manual lymphatic drainage techniques facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances from tissue via the initial lymph vessels and the venous capillaries. Manual lymphatic drainage relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, reduces pain, and enhances the activity of the immune system. It is an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions including oedema, fibromyalgia, headache, sinus congestion, skin disorders, digestive disorders, stress, sprains. It is also good for before and post-surgery to remove tissue congestion and minimise scar formation. It is particularly useful as part of post-mastectomy therapy, to reduce oedema, fibrosis and to relieve pain and tension. Manual lymphatic drainage massage is extremely gentle and feels wonderful and relaxing. The majority of clients either fall asleep or go into a highly relaxed state, due to the slow, gentle rhythmic motions involved. These techniques stimulate the movement of lymph through the lymph vessels.