By Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CMLDT, CLT
As a Board Certified Massage Therapist with a certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I specialize in reducing swelling after plastic surgery procedures like facelifts and tummy tucks. Many people have heard that their lymphatic system is a part of their immune system, but what is it exactly and how do all the parts of a Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment work together to help reduce swelling? Here are five fun facts about lymphatic massage:
- Lymphatic massage was first used to help sinus problems! Emil Vodder’s first clients were wealthy tourists in the South of France.
- Manual lymphatic drainage stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, relieving the tightness and heaviness that comes with post-surgical swelling.
- The deep abdominal strokes that begin every manual lymphatic drainage treatment stimulate lymph flow in the intestines and the entire body!
- Lymphatic massage can stimulate our body’s parasympathetic nervous system as well as the lymphatic system. Deeply relaxing, client’s sometimes drift off to sleep during the treatment.
- Our lymphatic system consists of lymph nodes, lymph vessels, the spleen, the thymus, the tonsils and Peyer’s patches in the intestine. Learn more about the lymphatic system here:
About Kathleen Lisson
As a Board Certified massage therapist with advanced training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I help women and men in the San Diego area reduce the tight, full, heavy feeling that comes with swelling after facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction and other plastic surgery operations. I make housecalls! To schedule a treatment, please visit http://www.solacesandiego.com