Lymph Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a holistic approach to promoting a healthy lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism. Lymphatic drainage is a type of therapy that is intended to help the body produce a free-flowing lymphatic system.

Lymphatic drainage therapy consists of a manual massage, performed by a lymphatic drainage therapist. A lymphatic drainage massage primarily focuses on specific lymph nodes and points of the body, as well as the natural flow of the lymphatic system. Proponents of lymphatic drainage believe that the process will reduce blockages of the lymphatic system, which in turn promotes a healthier body.

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is an original hands-on method of lymph drainage developed by French physician Bruno Chikly. It offers a highly efficient approach to working with the lymphatic and other fluid systems.

Techniques are performed with hands and fingers simulating gentle, wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. When these actions are accomplished, the results can be:

• Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins.
• Detoxification of the body.
• Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including
   sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis.
• Relief of chronic pain.
• Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds, stretch marks
   and wrinkles.
• Stimulation of the immune system.
• Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
   and fibromyalgia.
• Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle
    hypertonus and some forms of constipation.
• Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and
    loss of memory.
• Anti-aging effects.
• Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue.

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