This is a post surgical or health supporting modality for the Lymphatic System, used after medical and cosmetic procedures to ensure a more efficient healing process. This technique is designed to encourage lymph fluid movement in the body, and improve overall health.
What is Lymph fluid?
Lymph, also called lymphatic fluid, is a collection of the extra fluid that drains from cells and tissues (that is not reabsorbed into the capillaries) plus other substances. The other substances include proteins, minerals, fats, nutrients, damaged cells, cancer cells and foreign invaders (bacteria, viruses, etc). Lymph also transports infection-fighting white blood cells (lymphocytes)(https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/21199-lymphatic-system).
What is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Light, feather touch massage to reduce swelling, intended to encourage natural drainage of the lymph carrying bacteria away from the injury site towards the nearest lymph node and out of the body to induce healing. You may experience some increased or lower energy levels, increased urination or perspiration after the session as lymph fluid is leaving the body through various lymph nodes. This modality is highly recommended for Prenatal clients, especially in their last term due to increased swelling in the extremities, as well as rheumatism, scleroderma, edema from injuries such as breaks and muscle strains/sprains, and post surgery like Varicose Vein removal, Brazilian Butt Lift, Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, and more to improve healing efficiency. The body already has an amazing filtration system hard at work, so your MLD therapist is not re/moving any fluids, but rather helping your body do this more efficiently. Manual lymphatic drainage is also suggested in many Homeopathic or Medically guided detoxes as it helps increase release of bacterial filled fluids.
Nicole Miller Massage is over 10 years certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage using the Vodder Method, utilizing only hands to move Lymph fluid. No machines, oils, or tools are ever used in this session, and treatments do not hurt. This an amazing modality without the painful pressure. For best results, MLD is best completed with multiple sessions spaced out weekly, biweekly or monthly. If post-surgery, the recommendation is 2x a week for 2 weeks, then once per week for 2-4 weeks after, depending on results.
Wearing loose clothing and staying well hydrated on days of treatments is advised to allow free movement of lymph fluids, however, many are given compression garments for post surgery for wear for 4-6 weeks, so it's advised you follow your Doctor's orders always.
Please note that this and all sessions are of a professional, therapeutic nature and Nicole Miller Massage + Yoga has the right to decline any client or end any fully paid sessions or classes at any time if uncomfortable.