MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE TREATMENT AT BRONXVILLE WELLNESS SANCTUARY
Most people are familiar with lymphatic drainage helping to release excess fluid in the body. However, our lymphatic system is widely diverse in its overall benefits.
Lymphatic drainage is essential to stabilizing a healthy immune system, carrying white blood cells to fight off infection, as well as transferring toxins to be filtered out to the liver and kidneys.
Since our lymphatic system does not have a pump (as our circulatory system does) the way we move lymph is with exercise or a manual lymphatic drainage treatment.
Lymphatic fluid moves throughout the body through our muscles contracting, and through an intricate system of vessels and valves.
Sometimes our lymphatic system requires assistance in moving this fluid, and that's where manual lymphatic drainage treatment comes in.
What are the benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment?
- Boosts immunity
- Aids in moving toxins out of the body (through the liver and kidneys)
- Releases excess fluid
- Reduces tightness in muscles
- Promotes overall relaxation and well being
-Helps with sleep
What happens in a Manual Lymphatic Drainage session? Is it like a massage?
While MLD is a full body treatment, lymphatic drainage is nothing like a massage. It consists of incredibly light compressions, circular movements, and "pumping" actions. The touch of the therapists’ hands will feel like no more than the weight of a nickel resting on your skin. Some people when receiving manual lymphatic drainage describe it as "featherlike" in movement.
Why is the pressure so light?
When someone is used to receiving massage, it can be an abrupt change receiving lymphatic drainage, and can almost feel like "nothing." But, in fact, the exact opposite is true.
The lymphatic system rests directly under the skin, and can only be accessed through light, pumping motions to encourage the lymph flow. If we used any other pressure heavier than what was previously described, we would actually be compressing the lymph fluid, thereby blocking it and obstructing it from moving throughout the body.
What to expect after an MLD treatment:
- You may feel "clean" or "light"
- You may feel relaxed or energized
- You may urinate more, and the urine may look or smell different than usual
- You may feel nauseous
- You may sleep really deeply, or not be able to sleep
- You may feel clear headed
Before Your Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment:
- Do not drink/eat 2 hours beforehand
- Make sure to use the restroom beforehand
- Ensure you are not currently experiencing menstruation
You are not eligible for MLD if you have any of the following conditions: acute infections or fever, bronchitis, congestive heart failure, renal failure, active bleeding, blood clots, circulatory problems, overactive thyroid, epilepsy, blocked intestines, diverticulosis, abdominal aorta aneurysm, diabetes mellitus, cancer (leukemia and lymphoma patients require a doctor's note), Crohn's disease, or any disease with inflammation in the intestines, adhesions in the abdomen due to surgical intervention, radiation therapy, any other health issues for gut, liver and kidneys, any abdominal surgery within 6 to 8 weeks (after this time period requires a doctor’s note), undiagnosed edema, acute asthma, burns, fresh scars, bruises, eczema, if you are currently menstruating, gynecological cysts and pregnancy
Peter & Ricky offer this service.