Hands-on and Technology Assisted Massage
At the Center for Lymphatic Health, we train spa staff in both a manual massage technique and the Lymphstar Pro machine-assisted system (which is faster and allows the whole body to be treated in one session rather than the 4 hours it would take manually). The hands-on massage is made up of slow, subtle, gently sweeping movements, mimicking the rhythmic pumping of the lymphatic fluid through the face and neck, where many lymph nodes are concentrated.
In spite of its understated technique and unglamorous name, the deceptively delicate technique is one of the most relaxing, satisfying types of bodywork one can experience. Clients often say that they leave with the ethereal feeling of walking on air–perhaps a sign that their lymph circulation was more in need of help than they had imagined. Lymph is the fluid that supplies nutrients to our cells and carries waste to our lymph nodes for elimination. Fatigue, cold, stress, illness and surgery are just some of the factors that can interfere with natural balance by slowing our lymph circulation.
Although Lymphatic Drainage Massage has been around a long time and has been a popular European spa staple for years, it is only recently becoming well known in the United States. Since our bodies are primarily made of fluids, it’s not hard to see how improving fluid circulation could produce numerous benefits. Lymphatic Massage is used to treat skin conditions such as redness, puffiness, wrinkles, dark circles and acne, as well as to generally enhance skin tone and texture. It is also used to reduce swelling and postoperative bruising, reduce the effects of allergies and sinus problems, and even to treat headaches and other pain.
In addition, lymphatic massage is believed to be one of the few techniques to reduce cellulite. Whether it is done manually or mechanically, lymphatic massage needs to be done by a bodywork professional who is specifically trained in the process; the technique must be carefully controlled to ensure that blood flow is not stimulated which could hurt rather than help conditions you’re working on. The effects of lymphatic drainage massage are increased by the number of treatments received.
The lymphatic system is a central component of the immune system and protects the body by draining and filtering out waste. Anything we can do to encourage vital and active lymph drainage is an important component of health. The causes of lymphatic congestion range from injuries and surgery, inactivity and poor diet, to emotional/stress states, environmental toxins, hormone imbalance, and normal aging processes. When this state occurs the blockages cause a backup in the flow of lymphatic fluid, resulting in swelling or edema in the tissues and in various kinds of “symptoms.” Consequently, toxic waste matter cannot effectively be released from the body, nor can the immune system function at optimum performance. The result is a wide range of dysfunction and disease.
Within the last decade a hi-tech electronic instrument was found to assist and amplify the effects of manual lymph drainage, reducing the time and complexity of the therapy. The Lymphstar Pro is the most recent advancement of this instrument. Proven over time as a safe and effective therapeutic tool it is designed for use in many clinical applications.
- Excellent adjunct to manual lymph drainage techniques to open lymph system and improve fluid flow and accelerate detoxification of tissues
- Reduction of pain due to lymphatic conditions
- Helps in the prevention of breast and prostate problems
- Provides relaxation, emotional balance, and feelings of well-being and increased energy
- Cosmetic enhancement by the reduction of fluid deposits in the face, healthier skin, supporting all cellulite reduction therapies, and post-procedures such as micro-dermabrasion
- Successfully used in complementary clinics in the US and abroad. Users of the Lymphstar Pro include naturopaths, body workers, chiropractors, colon therapists, spas and estheticians, dentists, lymphatic therapists. Many physicians are now recommending patients for lymphatic therapy
Intensive classes in the use of the LymphStar are offered in a compressed schedule, usually on weekends, with classes meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. In addition to the classes offered at the Center for Lymphatic Health, classes can be held at your facility.