(MLD) Self Care this First Friday Night!

June 02 2015
June 02 2015

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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

MLD is an effective treatment which uses very light, slow, rhythmic strokes – think of it as gently stretching the skin. This helps the body increase lymphatic circulation and decrease excess fluid (edema). The most medically approved application for lymph drainage (and the reason I became certified in it) is because of its effectiveness in treating lymphedema due to cancer treatment such as surgery and radiation. However, it is incredibly beneficial in many other ways!

So what is the lymphatic system? It could be likened to the body’s sewer system. Lymph vessels form a drainage system throughout the body. Our cells swim in an ocean of lymphatic fluid. MLD encourages the natural drainage of lymph (through vessels and cleansing lymph nodes) away from the tissues and back to the heart to be returned to the circulatory system.

The consequence of a sluggish lymphatic system is that you cannot detoxify properly. As you can well imagine, this can lead to health concerns over time, including swelling, high blood pressure, infections, fatigue, and inflammation.

But the great news is that you can improve your lymph system cleansing by learning some simple and fun (PHLUFF the girls) MLD self care. We will go over head, neck, breast, abdomen, and inguinal areas of the body with easy self care routines after some information on the lymphatic system. 6:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, June 5th @ 6:00-7:00 p.m.

~ Ginny Vickers, Licensed Oncology Massage Therapist, MLD Practitioner


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