Don’t know what your lymph system is! The lymph system is a series of nodules and ducts that move the white blood cell and nutrient rich lymph fluid around your body. This is the fluid behind all sorts of healing mechanisms including, wound healing, blood clotting, detoxification and inflammation. Unlike blood that is pumped by the heart through the body the lymph system does not have an active pump, it is moved through the body by massage that comes from muscle movement and deep abdominal breathing.
My massage therapist invited me to join her at a training for Manual Lymphatic Drainage for the head and neck this summer. Manual Lymphatic Drainage e(MLD) is the work of Dr. Voder a German physician who was looking to give his patients relief from sinusitis. When he developed his system for using an incredibly light manipulation for opening lymph vessels and stimulating the flow of lymph fluid, he quickly discovered that it also relieved a host of inflammatory problems and was deeply relaxing.
MLD is a powerful if delicate technique that moves 10 times more lymph fluid through the body that dry brushing, rebounding and lymph massage (all wonderful techniques in their own right). As with any other powerful technique it is important that you consult your healthcare provider before using it. The benefits of MLD include: relief from sinusitis, headache, a variety of inflammatory processes, bruise prevention, recovery from surgery, stress reduction, and lymphedema. Certain active infections, organ failure and cancer are a few diagnosis that require specific physician approval before beginning MLD.
When you have approval from your physician please check out my video for manually releasing the lymph system in your head and neck. You’ll begin by opening drains in the system to stimulate the flow of the lymph fluid and remove toxins. After key parts of the system are opened then remaining lymph fluid is moved toward theses drains which removes more toxins and allows fresh lymph fluid to flow it. Releasing your lymph system is also deeply relaxing because of the way the lymph system is connected to the calming part of our nervous system. For more on MLD check out the MLD Institute and on FB.