Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM)

So let’s talk about lymphatic drainage massage because I get soooo many inquiries about it. It is a super popular service. If you’re having cosmetic surgery (or any surgery) lymphatic massage is a must. But here’s the thing you gotta plan for it because you’ll need to have quite a few sessions post op.  

What is lymphatic drainage massage good for?

Lymphatic drainage massage (LDM) helps the lymph system drain fluid which is why people can see a difference immediately after their session. This is short term which is why you need multiple sessions to influence the lymph system to do it’s job.

LDM also helps reduce the development of scar tissue which you’ll often hear people speak about as a negative of surgery.

And the last main benefit is it helps the body recover faster after surgery.  There are a number of other benefits that you can Google but for all purposes this is what lymphatic massage sessions focus on.

Recommended Sessions

As for session recommendations. Expect 2-3 sessions a week for 2 weeks. Followed by 2 sessions a week for 2 weeks. Then 1 session a week for 4 weeks. Then 1 session every other week for 4 weeks.  And then once a month until you feel comfortable.

What if I just want to try a session?

As for the one off visits, the people who are just curious. Yes you’ll notice a visible difference but it will be short lived.

Are there any other things I should consider to help my lymph system?

There are other factors that assists with lymph drainage.  Diet and exercise.  These are two things that can improve your lymph system working more efficiently.  The lymph system runs alongside the circulatory system. Because the lymph system doesn’t have a pump mechanism (like the circulatory has the heart to pump blood) to move lymph along so it relies on the circulatory system.

When the body becomes overwhelmed with fluid from surgery, injuries or even diseases it puts a great deal of pressure on the lymph system to filter the body of waste products. Therefore it relies on the circulatory system to move lymph along.  A good healthy, strong heart potentially helps both the circulatory and lymph systems.

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Hi. I’m Felicia. I’ve made a 20+ year career of massage and bodywork. And, I still love it. I also enjoy writing, playing music, photography, cooking, baking and painting. All of which I’m not very good at. I’m also a daily bike commuter.

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