Manual Lymphatic Massage

Manual lymphatic massage is directed at moving the fluid layer of the body. Like water, it is both gentle and rhythmic, but results in deep relaxation while triggering a powerful detox of the system. Many clients feel calmed by the treatment, and express a renewed sense of vitality and clarity.

Vodder-based manual lymphatic drainage is a technique designed to restore a congested lymphatic system to its natural flow. Deeply relaxing, this gentle but powerful modality exercises the small atrophied muscles of the lymph system. It stimulates a detoxification as it re-establishes the free flow of lymph throughout the body, which allows the body to restore and maintain health and balance in its systems. Additional use of Lymphstar sound and light vibrational technologies break up lymphatic congestion at the molecular level, optimizing results of manual therapy.

Due to the detoxifying/restorative nature of this modality, lymphatic therapy optimizes and is optimized when used in conjunction with detox programs.

Lymphatic Drainage was pioneered in Austria by Emil Vodder in the 1930′s, while working to clear severe sinus congestion with his patients. It developed into a whole-body therapy which stimulated lymphatic action (our natural detox system), thereby increasing the body’s restorative and healing capacity. This therapy drains stagnant lymph and restores it to function on its own. Today, it is the fourth most recommended therapy by European doctors for both preventative and post-surgical healing.

 
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Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore range of motion. This technique is gentle and has many facets as it is designed to address the effects of trauma in the body. Trauma (physical and/or emotional), inflammatory responses, and surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions. 

I have been studying Myofascial Release with Dr. John Barnes since 2010. I have found that his technique of Myofascial Release is a natural complement to Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Fascia is a 3-dimensional webbing that runs throughout the body, sheathing around muscle, tendon, bone, even cells. I often describe it like a loofah sponge.

When the fascia is healthy, it is like a wet loofah, porous and pliable, with fluids easily moving throughout. Imagine that running through these porous spaces are also your nerve, lymph, and blood capillaries. When the fascia has been traumatized, it is like a loofah sponge that has been wrung out and dried in a twisted, tight position. Not only does this effect our nervous system, contributing to pain patterns in the body, but it also impedes circulatory and lymphatic flow.

I have been pleased by the added benefit of treating my clients with this technique, as it offers significant opening to the fluid layer of the body, and also reveals and alleviates many longstanding pain patterns related to the congestion in the body.

 

Cupping Therapy

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Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin to promote blood flow and healing.

Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes. It is done to help treat pain, deep scar tissue in the muscle and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.

Cupping therapy decompresses connective tissue and draws stagnant blood and toxins to the surface so that they can be moved out of the lymphatic system. Used in various places on the body, it dramatically reduces pressure in the connective tissue, as well as improves circulation. Glass cupping on the face helps to de-congest the lymph, thereby reducing toxins and puffiness that contribute to aging.  When applied to the abdomen, cupping helps to stimulate digestion and circulation and lymphatic flow in the intestines and internal organs, thereby assisting with cleanses and detoxes.

 

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

The inhaled aroma from these "essential" oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.

 

 

All treatments can be customized or scheduled as a single treatment.