Lymphatic drainage massage or lymphatic massage is a very gentle massage that encourages lymph flow in the body.
Your practitioner, Patricia uses a combination of gentle Therapeutic Bodywork and Lymphatic Drainage techniques that she has learned over the past decade, to accelerate lymph drainage from the congested areas, increase myofascial movement, and ultimately increase lymph flow and blood flow.
Patricia's unique ability to empathically connect with the body and spirit sets her sessions apart from all others. She will use all her knowledge and gifts to blend the ideal service for each person.
Drain, Cleanse, Heal, Boost & Support your Lymphatic System.
The lymphatic system, like the circulatory system, lies within the fascial system. Restrictions within the fascial system can create severe dysfunction within both systems.
The fascial system is essentially a glide system. The lymphatic and circulatory systems are designed to glide within the fascial system.
A visual to help us understand how the fascial system affects lymphatic flow is to imagine a garden hose. Unimpeded, water flows freely through the hose. But what happens when someone steps on the hose or the hose kinks? The water is blocked.
Fascial restrictions are the equivalent of someone stepping on the garden hose and blocking the flow, eventually producing blockages, stagnation, restrictions and pain on sensitive structures.
Patricia is a 2200-Hour Registered Massage Therapist
1800-Hour Certified Hellerwork Structural Integration Therapist
550+ Hour Certified Lymphedema and Wound care Therapist
How does lymphatic drainage massage help you?
Lymphatic 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.
There is no known cure or medication for lymphedema.
Temporary lymphedema is rare—in most cases, it is a lifelong condition.
But, with treatment, the symptoms can be relieved and managed, helping you control the condition.
Certified Lymphedema Therapists are widely accepted in
hospitals and clinics all over the world.
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.
It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results can be:
Lymphedema may affect as many as 140 to 250 million people throughout the world. Lymphedema usually involves the lower extremity (90%), upper extremity (10%), or genitalia (<1%).
The estimated number of Canadians living with chronic Lymphedema is 1-million.
Primary lymphedema is rare, affecting 1 in 100,000 individuals.
Secondary lymphedema is the most common cause of the disease and affects approximately 1 in 1000.
Lymphedema praecox is the most common form of primary lymphedema. It is defined as lymphedema that becomes apparent after birth and before age 35 years and symptoms most often develop during puberty. Lymphedema praecox is four times more common in females than in males.
Misconception: Lymphedema is swelling caused by too much water in a certain area of the body.
Fact: Lymphedema is a condition where protein-rich fluid known as lymph collects typically in the arms or legs resulting in pain, decreased mobility, and eventually can progress to fibrosis, fatty tissue overgrowth, recurrent soft tissue infections and disability.
Designed to relieve congestion, swelling and discomfort following breast augmentation or reconstructive surgery.
This treatment will release trunk and shoulder tightness, restore range-of-motion and encourage the healing process.
After surgery adhesions might form, and “webbing” in the armpit (called “axillary cording”) can occur.
Scar tissue likes to attract more scar tissue, which only exacerbates the sensations of pain, tightness and pulling.
Patricia is a Certified Axillary Syndrome Specialist and uses a combination of lymphatic drainage, myofascial release and movement to relieve the chronic pain, swelling and tightness that often occurs after surgery.
For patients suffering from limited range of motion, a single session may already offer profound and immediate results.
For over 30 years, the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) has been a leader in advancing the professional standards of massage therapists. The NHPC holds its members to a high standard of competent, safe, and ethical practice. This includes bylaws, a stringent Code of Ethics, standards of practice for massage therapists, practice management services, and the Continued Competency Program (CCP).
The Alberta Lymphedema Association is a charitable organization that aims to aid and support those impacted by lymphedema of all kinds. Working from a patient perspective, together we support, empower and advocate for those impacted by this disease in order to promote optimal health.