Lymphatic Drainage Massage
A very potent clearing for the emotional body. Lymph work is so incredible for clearing debris of emotions from the way, way past up till current time. Any and all traumas held in the fluids of the body, held in the filters, can be rinsed through and released. This is very special work offered. One teacher over many years, trained a handful of us in this method. Its deeply watery and flow-y in its application. This means we will be using the nature of water to connect us to Mother Earth and lymphatic fluids that move within us.
I have been blessed to learn a specific technique taught by a master healer. Her technique is very healing and thorough and clearing for the emotional/physical body. The work is gentle, light and specific to the lymph system, which lies close to the skin. It uses the plumbing principle to drain and dump the debris into the belly to be assimilated and released via the urine and bowel. The belly is touched in this work, and the liver/gallbladder are stimulated to dump and drain. You will be guided with meditation when appropriate, as well as having sound healing to support release. I love this work, it is very close to my heart as it was a catalyst that took me deeper into my healed state.
Contraindications are Absolute Contraindications:
Acute inflammation - caused by an antigen - bacteria, viruses and poisons are contraindicated. Tissues will be red, hot, and painful with congestion accompanied by fever. Lymphatic drainage will push these substances into the lymph channels before the body has a chance to eliminate them. This way one can spread the toxic substances throughout the body. It is best to wait a few days until the condition is not acute and the body has had a chance to clean up the area. Acute Phlebitis - inflammation of the vein.
Malignant tumours/disease – including tumour recurrence or metastases. There is a fear of spreading the cancer. Treated cancers ok to proceed with MLD with oncology and specialists notes regarding treatment received. Note: if palliative then proceeding with MLD to reduce symptoms/oedemas is consented by patient/specialist/GP.
Acute Thrombosis – can lead to free floating blood clots in the circulatory system. If treated thrombus ok to proceed with MLD
Congestive heart problems – if the heart is not fully functioning, oedema can be lymphodynamic due to a lack of venous return. Pumping more fluid in the heart it may stress it more than the actual condition.
Relative Indications/Precautions - may require a shortened session first:
Kidney problems – check with GP before treating.
Auto-Immune diseases - start with a shortened session first in a remitted state. 30-45 minutes.
Bronchial asthma – this can stimulate the vagus nerve. Being with shortened treatment 30-45minutes. Sternal treatment omitted.
Thyroid problems – hypo/hyperthyroidism reduced treatment around the throat.
Medications – can affect your body needs to increase dosage by draining the interstitial spaces.
Chemotherapy – increasing the dosage by draining the interstitial spaces.
First three months of pregnancy – no treatment 1st trimester if history of miscarriage.
Menstruation/Endometriosis/polycystic ovaries – assessment as MLD can increase the flow.
Cortisone Injections - no treatment advised directly following injection.
Hypotension (low blood pressure)/Diabetes - may require a shortened treatment 30-45 minutes