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WHAT IS MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?

MLD is a light, skin-stretching massage that helps promote the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the swollen limb. It should not be confused with a traditional massage. MLD is specifically focused on the lymph vessels to help the flow of lymphatic fluid. Therapy is applied to your unaffected areas first, making it possible for the fluid to move out of the affected area, or “decongest” the region.

MLD helps open the remaining functioning lymph collectors and move protein and fluid into them, as well as to help speed up lymph fluid flow through the lymphatics.

Pure Awakening prides themselves in offering this therapy, it has a myriad of health benefits especially for women on their journey through pregnancy.

We also provide therapeutic bodywork, specific to a woman’s health needs and concerns, in the comfort and convenience of their home.

We offer specialized therapies, by very highly skilled therapists that cover pregnancy massage and postnatal massage, lymphatic drainage, as well as other treatments to support our client’s wellness goals, postsurgical recovery and stress management.

We believe massage should be a holistic experience and make use of a variety of techniques including Swedish, deep tissue and lymphatic drainage to relieve pain and transport you into a deep state of relaxation, and pain free state.

We can enhance most treatments with bespoke add-on therapies or create a customized program or once off stress relieving experience for you.

​We aim most of our services exclusively at women, but men are welcome when therapies are booked as a couple’s treatment.

Lymphatic Drainage as a pre-natal therapy

This very soothing massage technique works to release pregnancy related swelling and digestive issues, increase your immune system and leave you feeling lighter and much more relaxed in your body.

Combine MLD with massage and truly get the best of both worlds. (Available on request!)

When combining MLD and massage the session allows your therapist to work on your muscular tension as well as providing gentle relief from water retention and swelling.

Massage as a pre-natal therapy

Prenatal massage is safe and drug free way to ease many pains and worries that can occur during pregnancy. It helps with back, neck and shoulder pain, improves circulation to reduce swelling and water retention, alleviates hip and sciatic pain and clears blocked sinuses. Regular treatments keep the muscles supple and help prepare the mind and body for labour.

We have curated specific packages to address these concerns for you!

Mother and child are intricately linked, as everything that affects the mom affects the baby. They are connected emotionally and physically, through hormones, oxygen, and experiences. Receiving massage while pregnant is a wonderful gift for both Mom and baby. It reduces stress, promotes tranquillity and begins the cycle of nurturing touch.

 

Massage & MLD as a post-natal therapy

Postnatal massage is the best way address the challenges your body faces adjusting to life with your new baby while recuperating from pregnancy and birth. Ease sore muscles, increase immunity and fight the effects of broken sleep.

As a mother, it’s easy to forget about your own requirements as you continually look after your new born. A postnatal massage is the perfect way to take some time out for yourself.  Finally, it’s your turn to be taken care of!

We are a mobile service makes and thus Pure Awakening’s postnatal treatments are absolutely ideal. No stressing about leaving baby, expressing milk or worrying about getting dressed up to go out.

This is also the perfect gift for new moms and can be purchased via WhatsApp.

Lymph Drainage as a postnatal treatment is an amazingly mild and relaxing massage technique aimed at reducing postpartum water retention and aiding the body’s natural healing process. Suitable after both assisted and unassisted births.

 

MLD and the detoxification of the body

Your lymphatic fluid system works with your cardiovascular circulatory system to flush out toxins and carry white blood cells throughout the body to help defend against infections.

Often the reason why we recommend manual lymphatic drainage as a fantastic complementary therapy for anyone undergoing a detox.

If your lymph fluid circulation gets sluggish, toxins can accumulate and immune cells may not get carried to the areas of the body where they’re needed. Since the lymph system doesn’t have a big central pump like the heart to keep things moving, it has to rely on gravity, exercise, breathing and massage.

Research sponsored by the National Centre for Contemporary and Alternative Medicine showed that massage actually increases the production of white blood cells. So, massage not only assists in getting the bad stuff out, it helps create more good stuff and gets it to where it needs to be.

Post Op: Lymphatic drainage is such a gentle technique; treatment sessions can safely begin within the first 24 hours following an operation or injury. Early treatment increases the likelihood of reduced swelling, bruising and pain, and therefore may improve the rate of healing.

Manual lymphatic drainage increases the rate at which the body removes waste, dead cell particles, and inflammatory agents from our tissue. Accelerating the lymphatic flow has been demonstrated to reduce swelling and bruising in the injured region. Studies indicate that as the volume of fluid at the injury site is reduced rehabilitation time may be shortened.

Lymphatic drainage can:

  • Alleviate post-surgical edema.
  • Reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Detoxify the body by stimulating the lymphatic system’s filtering process by helping to reverse the build-up of toxins due to the effects of medication and lack of physical activity.
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Improve skin regeneration and wound healing.
  • Reduce the formation and severity of scars.

 

Manual lymphatic drainage aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system.  As both a preventative and remedial technique, lymph drainage can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury or plastic surgery, reduction of swelling, support for detox and strengthened resistance to illness.

 

Who should avoid having a MLD treatment?

Contraindications happen when an increase in lymph flow would be detrimental. Contraindications can either be absolute or relative. The therapist can override relative contraindications if he or she finds good reason, but the absolute contraindication cannot be overridden.

 

Absolute Contraindications:

Acute inflammation – caused by bacteria, viruses and poisons are contraindicated. Tissues will be red, hot, and painful with congestion accompanied by fever. Lymphatic drainage will push these substances into the lymph channels before the body has a chance to eliminate them. This way one can spread the toxic substances throughout the body. It is best to wait a few days until the condition is not acute and the body has had a chance to clean up the area.

Malignant tumours – there is a fear of spreading the cancer.

Thrombosis – can lead to free floating blood clots in the circulatory system.

Major heart problems – if the heart is not fully functioning, oedema can be lymphodynamic due to a lack of venous return. Pumping more fluid in the heart it may stress it more than the actual condition.

 

Relative Indications or Precautions:

Kidney problems – check with a physician before treating.

Bronchial asthma – this can stimulate the vagus nerve bringing on an attack.

Thyroid problems – no treatment around the throat.

Medications – fear of increasing the dosage by draining the interstitial spaces.

Chemotherapy – fear of increasing the dosage by draining the interstitial spaces.

First three months of pregnancy – fear of miscarriage.

Removed spleen – recommend shorter session first.

Menstruation – MLD can increase the flow.

 

I trust that we have supplied you with enough information on this healing therapy, and its great benefits for pre- and post- natal rejuvenation, stress management and preparation for the most sacred of time in any women’s life.

Bookings are made via WhatsApp on 0766812172

 

Love,

 

Judy

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