Learn about the natural health benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy & find an Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.
Fact: It was taboo to tamper with the lymphatic system In the 1930s due to the medical profession's poor understanding of this system.
Founded By: Danish physiotherapist Dr. E Vodder in Paris (1936).
Therapy Type: Bodywork
Lymphatic drainage massage utilizes gentle, long but light repetitive strokes, which encourages the cleansing of toxins from the body through lymphatic flow.
The functions of lymph fluid are diverse and vital to the wellbeing of the body. The fluid is a slightly yellow clear substance, which is filtered and cleansed by the lymph nodes, which are found surrounding body organs and tissues. Additionally the fluid carries antibodies and white blood cells to these tissues and organs, allowing the body to fight infection thus aiding the immune system.
Our lymphatic system is increasingly having a harder job cleansing the body of the multitude of toxins that we present to the body everyday through our diet, the environment we live in, our lifestyle, alcohol and the amount of refined foods that are available to us. Lymphatic drainage enhances the flow of lymph, with facial drainage increasing in popularity, due to its invigorating effects on the skin and its ability to ease swelling in the neck and face.
Lymphatic drainage acts as a great compliment to facial rejuvenation acupuncture, which further lessens the signs of aging and recovers skin tone.
Lymphatic Drainage may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE SESSIONS
At the initial consultation your therapist will need ascertain some information regarding your general health, lifestyle, medical history and any areas of concern that have driven you to seek the therapists help. The therapist can establish from this information how regularly you may need to attend and how many sessions you may require to achieve a positive outcome. Prior to your appointment it is advisable to drink plenty of water, to support the body in flushing out the toxins from your body. With this in mind abstaining from a large meal and drinking any alcohol is also recommended. To enhance lymphatic flow, the massage treatment is performed in a heated room on a massage table, where the client will lay under sheets or towels. The strokes and movements are carried out in the direction of the lymph nodes, the main areas being the groin, armpits and the neck. The strokes vary from long, light, gentle flowing movements to a soft pumping motion, all of which motivates the lymphatic system. During treatment the therapist is mindful of locating any areas of obstruction.
The length of the session will depend upon the areas of the body that need attention. If any major areas of the body require massaging, the session could be an hour to ninety minutes in length. Whereas a session lasting from thirty to sixty minutes may just concentrate on one area of the body, such as the arm or leg, if that is location of injury.
Lymphatic drainage can be a highly relaxing experience. A rise in energy levels can be experienced even following the first session and falling asleep during your treatment can often occur.
Most people find Lymphatic Drainage deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Massage Association of New Zealand (MNZ). LD Massage Therapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified LD Massage Practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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