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Swedish massage is the most common form of soft tissue manipulation in the United States.The typical goals for relaxation massage are to relieve minor aches and pains, reduce tension from stress and rejuvenate the body.
Commonly thought of as a foot massage, Reflexology is a much more specific practice than that. This ancient art of applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands and ears uses the body’s energy meridians to help the body heal itself.
Reiki and Healing Touch Energy Therapy
Reiki and Healing Touch Energy Therapy is a specific type of touch therapy that is a compassionate energy therapy in which practitioners use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
Lymphatic Drain Massage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) techniques closely mimic the body’s natural rhythms.The light touch and rhythmic movements of Manual Lymphatic Drainage pull the skin and associated anchoring filaments to increase the fluids moved into the vessels.
The lymphatic system is a part of the circulatory system. Most people are aware of their cardiovascular system but less commonly aware that the cardiovascular system is only a part of their overall circulatory system.
The Lymphatics are a series of veins that run from distal parts of the body toward the heart but don’t have a set of arteries leaving the heart. It is a one-way system. The Lymphatic system houses a high concentration of white blood cells and T-cells that are responsible for our immune response. When wastes such as large proteins, fat cells and pathogens are unable to move back into the smaller capillaries of the cardiovascular system the lymphatic system picks them up and moves them through progressively larger lymphatic vessels to lymph nodes. The human body has between 400-700 lymph nodes depending on the person. The lymph nodes are the functional part of the lymphatic system where the wastes are churned up inside the nodes and attacked with the WBCs. Phagocytosis (cell eating) takes place and the large wastes products and pathogens are disarmed and crushed up before being returned to the blood stream for disposal.
Since the Lymphatic system is only a one-way system moving toward the heart, it doesn’t have the muscular contractions of the heart to propel the fluids and wastes forward. It relies on the rhythmic pressures created from body movement. 70% of the lymphatics are superficial and moveable through manual lymphatic drainage techniques. 30% of the body’s lymphatics are deep and only moveable through kinesthetic movements of the body.If the lymphatic system is overloaded or sluggish from a lack of movement (as common in bed ridden patients) the body’s ability to fight off these common pathogens is reduced.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) techniques closely mimic the body’s natural rhythms. The lymphangions (lymphatic vessels) are anchored to the body’s soft tissues. The body’s movements pull on these anchoring filaments opening the lyphangions to suck in fluids from their environment. Once in the lymphatic vessels, the system can do it’s job. The light touch and rhythmic movements of Manual Lymphatic Drainage pull the skin and associated anchoring filaments to increase the fluids moved into the vessels.
The ordering of MLD stokes is as important as the quality in the technique touch. It is a very specialized hand technique beginning at the clavicle where the lymph moves into the cardiovascular system and the moving to the more distal chains. Lymph nodes are located all over the body but most concentrated in the neck and behind the ears (cervical nodes), under the chin (sub-mandibular), under the arms (axillary), deep in the abdomen and at the inguinal region where the legs meet the trunk.
MLD does not feel like a massage but it is very relaxing. The touch is extremely gentle and rhythmic so most clients fall asleep during the session.
Once you’ve begun to relax your practitioner will begin rhythmic movements behind your clavicle and then up your neck. This stroke will not glide over the skin but rather move the superficial layers a short distance under her/his hands. This begins the movement of lymph. This process will cover the full front side of the body and occasionally parts of the posterior torso.
Lymphatic Drainage is most productive in a series of treatment, usually 3 sessions. A session usually lasts between 45 – 60 minutes. The first session begins the movement and is much like a squeegee pushing mud slug down a drain. The second session picks up the remaining debris after the initial draining has occurred and should follow the initial session within 3 days. Three or four days later another session should be received to make sure the new momentum is maintained
Benefits of Massage
- Lowers blood pressure & improves heart rate
- Increases circulation improving nutrients & oxygen supply to tissues; thus increasing resistance too disease and speeding recovery from injury & illness
- Reduces anemia
- Reduces stress, tension, headaches, depression & insomnia
- Reduces muscle fatigue & soreness
- Restores joint mobility & reduces joint pain
- Helps prevent muscular atrophy
- Aids in correction of postural deviations
- Helps reduce muscular atrophy
- Aids in correction of postural deviations
- Helps reduce digestive difficulties such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome
- Reduces fluid retention
- Boosts immune system