There is a dance of miracles holding hands in a chain around the earth and out through space to the moon, and to the stars and beyond the stars; And to behold this dance is enough: So much brighter, and secret looking, and glimpses of wonder and dreams of terror. It is enough! It is enough! James Oppenheim
Lymph Drainage Therapy is a Dance of Miracles. Through advanced training, Barbara Nelen, LMT, CST, a Chikly-trained Lymph Drainage Therapist, can "tune in" to feel where the lymph is flowing and where it is not. And where your body needs a little help, and where it is just fine. This saves a great deal of time, frustration, financial resources and greatly accelerates your healing process, which is always our goal.
Lymph Drainage Therapy is an elegant, effective, light touch therapy designed to assist your body in moving lymph fluid (containing cellular waste products) in the body, often in the midst of scar tissue, surgeries, injuries or chronic swelling. It is also often used as part of a detoxifying or health regimen as the lymph fluid carries toxic elements and cellular debris from the body by moving it into the bloodstream where it can be safely eliminated.
Lymph Drainage Therapy is relaxing, rejuvenating and restorative and is safe and effective for babies, the elderly, and everyone in between.
Lymph Drainage Therapy
History In Europe, lymphatic drainage is commonly prescribed by physicians and is widely available in hospitals to promote healing as well as provide a more comfortable recovery after surgery. But that wasn't always the case. While lymphatic drainage was initially developed there by Emil Vodder in the 1930's, it took 30 years until the technique was taken seriously by the medical profession. It was only after Dr. Johannes Asdonk, a prominent German physician, successfully tested the techniques of lymphatic drainage on 20,000 hospital patients to verify its effectiveness, measure its efficiency, and find its indications and contraindications that the method became widely used. Today, as a result of enhancements to the traditional technique, lymphatic drainage has reached yet a new level of effectiveness and efficiency. By incorporating the most advanced scientific data on lymphology with whole-body healing values and direct listening techniques, the work has been made more precise. The method, Lymph Drainage Therapy™(LDT), is unique in that practitioners are taught to feel the lymphatic flow. As skills are developed, the direction, rhythm, and quality of the lymph can be identified. Advanced practitioners can precisely map the lymphatic flow to find alternate pathways for drainage. LDT is a valuable technique because the lymphatic system has a tremendous impact on health. The main actions of lymphatic drainage are to stimulate the circulation of the lymphatic flow and, indirectly, the blood; the immune system (the humoral as well as cellular immunity), and the autonomic nervous system. (The parasympathetic nervous system provides relaxation and antispastic effects, while the constant stimulation of the C-fiber mechanoreceptors contribute inhibitory effects.)
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO. Created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system, LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a level of precision consistent with recent scientific discoveries.
A gentle technique that works through the body's lymphatic system to activate the body fluid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. The result of these actions can include reductions in edemas, detoxification of the body, regeneration of tissue as well as many other benefits.
Using exacting anatomical science and distinctive manual processes, LDT enables practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the vessels to assess overall circulation and determine the best alternate pathways for draining body-fluid stagnations.
Therapists work with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate gentle, specific 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. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results can be:
Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins
Detoxification of the body
Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
Relief of chronic pain
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
Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
More Common Applications (partial list of examples in brackets)
Plastic Surgery (pre/post face lifts, liposuction, breast augmentation, etc.)