Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) essentially activates the fluid circulation and stimulates the functioning of the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system.
It is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed in France. LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a new level of precision.
Using exacting anatomical science and distinctive manual processes, LDT enables practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymphatic flow. Recent scientific discoveries on the physiology of the lymphatic system verify that these enhancements offer the precise rhythm and gentle pressure needed to activate optimal lymph flow. As a result, therapists can achieve profound outcomes in shorter periods of time, and clients find the process more pleasurable to receive.
Some of The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy:
- Reduced edema (swelling) and lymphedemas of many origins
- Detoxification of the body
- Regeneration of tissues, including burns, scars, (pre- and post-surgical), wrinkles and stretch marks
- Relief of chronic subacute inflammations, e.g., sinusitis, otitis, bronchitis, acne and allergies
- Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia
- Improvement of venous conditions
- Relief of chronic pain
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
- Antispasmodic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
- Alleviation of adipose and cellulite tissue others
The Importance of Lymph Drainage For Good Health
Unlike the circulatory system, which uses the pumping of the heart to circulate its blood flow, lymph vessels rely upon hundreds of tiny muscular units (lymphangions) contracting throughout the body to propel the lymph. These contractions enable the lymph vessels to transport numerous substances (i.e., protein, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, immune cells) to the lymph nodes which can then process them.
The action of these muscular units can be hindered or stopped, however, due to fatigue, stress, lack of physical activity, surgery or injury, emotional shock, cold temperatures, infections, substantial swelling, age, chemicals of food additives.
When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells, toxins accumulate and cellular function is significantly compromised. This opens the way to many physical ailments and may hasten the aging process.
How Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Is Performed
The LDT process involves the use of subtle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of lymphatic flow. Specifically, the therapist works with flat hands, directly on the skin, using all the fingers to stimulate wave-like movements. The pressure applied is generally around five grams, or the equivalent weight of a nickel.
Using this technique, trained therapists are able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth, and quality of the lymph flow anywhere on the body. From there, they can use their hands to perform manual lymphatic mapping of the vessels and determine the best alternate pathways for draining body-fluid stagnations.