What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?

For those of you who are curious but have no idea what Lymph Drainage, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, LDT, or Lymphatic Massage is, how it is done or what benefit it is you have come to the right place.

The following paragraphs are informational:

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, of France. Created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system, LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a level of precision consistent with recent scientific discoveries.

(English Translation: Emil Vodder originated or theorized the benefits and created a technique, Dr. Chikly has added extensive research and expanded on and advanced the technique.)

Using exacting anatomical science and distinctive manual processes, LDT enables practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the vessels to assess overall circulation and determine the best alternate pathways for draining body-fluid stagnations.

(English Translation: details of the specific changes.

Therapists work with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results can be:

(English Translation: light touch therapy, increased sensory awareness of the subtle flow, understand which way to move the lymph if necessary)

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