Lymphatic massage (MLD/Manual lymphatic drainage massage)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) is a very gentle massage technique, which uses rhythmic, very precise hand movements, pressures and sequences. This can encourage and stimulate the lymph’s circulation; which in turn helps to stimulate the functioning of the immune and nervous systems and speeds up the removal of waste from the body. Many conditions may benefit from the application of MLD; as well as including detoxification of the body, reductions in edemas and regeneration of tissue, it may also assist in the healing of scar tissue and skin conditions.
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymph system is a network of organs, lymph ducts, lymph nodes, and lymph vessels that makes, moves and drains the fluid (lymph) from tissues and empties it back into the bloodstream.
The lymphatic system defends the body against disease by producing and storing lymphocytes, removes excess fluid from bodily tissues, and absorbs fats and fatty acids from the digestive system and transports them into the bloodstream.
MLD is known to be deeply relaxing; this it achieves by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. This in turn has the potential to foster a reduction in stress, insomnia and loss of vitality.
MLD can also improve many chronic conditions, such as skin conditions, sinusitis and recurring infections. It can reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Alongside this, it can provide relief from and prevent fluid retention: e.g. swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes, and swollen legs due to pregnancy.
MLD can promote the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains, as well as relieving pain - joint pain, migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headaches, and it aids and may strengthen the immune system.
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