What is Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymphatic drainage is the manual stimulation of the interstitial fluids of the body. The technique itself is very light and very relaxing, comprising gentle strokes and pumps on the skin with some deeper work over the lymph nodes (in the neck, groin, armpits etc).
Who can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage?
Most people can get some benefit from lymphatic drainage. Especially those with lymphedema can experience great reductions in swelling. As the lymphatic system also forms the basis of the immune system, the treatment can provide a welcome immune boost, especially for the immune-suppressed or those who have been ill for long periods as in glandular fever. The treatment is very relaxing and is great for high blood pressure.
Who cannot be treated?
Anyone with a current acute infection (viral or bacterial) or inflammation due to an allergic reaction. People with cardiac oedema, renal dysfunction / insufficiency or deep vein thrombosis. Those with a history of tuberculosis or who live with asthma or low blood pressure. Those with an active malignant cancer.
What to expect during a Lymphatic Drainage session?
The treatment is very light and relaxing, so it is not uncommon to fall asleep, and for blood pressure to drop. As the treatment returns fluid to the blood , an increase in urination is often noticed. This is positive, as the toxins are leaving your body. As a result of this cleansing sometimes skin outbreaks are experienced, so it is best not to have a treatment before a big date or function. It is also possible to feel some nausea and discomfort as the liver copes with the increased load. Afterwards you should feel with a greater sense of wellbeing.
How often should I have Lymphatic Drainage?
This will have to be assessed individually during the first session. Initially many treatments might be necessary to bring the body back into balance. Once in balance, treatments can be spaced out to weekly, fortnightly or even monthly.