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MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

This type of massage works to improve the body's circulation and the removal of waste products through the lymphatic system.  It is ideal for those who often look or feel sluggish, have just recovered from illness, are prone to fluid retention or need a little help in weight management.

The lymphatic system is a complex system of waste disposal.  It is interlinked with the cardiovascular system and helps maintains the balance of the fluid between the blood and body tissue when substances are exchanged.  It also helps defend the body against infections by filtering particles from the lymph and helping the lymph cells to build up resistance.

The techniques adopted in Manual Lymphatic Drainage are quite different to those used in other forms of massage such as Swedish.  Because the lymph lies superficially in the skin and to mimic the natural movement of the lymph itself, slow, gentle, pumping movements are carried out to aid the circulation. 

Two hours are needed to carry out a treatment on the whole body.  If there is a specific area that is of concern, half the body may be treated in one hour.

 

Benefits:

Increases vascular and lymphatic flow.

Helps regeneration and absorption actions of tissues.

Stimulates metabolism.

Produces warmth to localised area and helps with natural shedding of dead skin cells.

Can help remove fatty deposits from weight accumulations.

Reduces oedema (fluid retention) if it is due to poor circulation.

Helps prevent chilblains.

 

Aftercare

Drink plenty of water to help waste disposal.

Rest so that the body carries on the effects of the treatment.

Avoid tight, restricting clothing which inhibits the flow of lymph.

Avoid extremes of temperatures.

Exercise regularly to boost the circulation.

 

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