Lymphatic Drainage therapy is an advanced therapy using a range of specialized and gentle wave-like movements to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels that carry substances vital to the defense of the body, and removes waste products.
The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body's ability to operate at peak performance. This system drains fluids, detoxifies and regenerates tissues, filters out toxins and foreign substances and helps us maintain a healthy immune system. If lymph circulation stagnates however, toxins accumulate and compromise cellular functioning, which opens the way to physical ailments.
It is a gentle technique that works through the body's lymphatic system to activate the body fluid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. The result of these actions can include reductions in edemas, detoxification of the body, regeneration of tissue as well as many other benefits. The light pressure of lymphatic therapy is also effective for treatment of postoperative congestion, sinus infection, dental work and post cosmetic surgery treatment. Benefits of lymphatic drainage massage therapy:
Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins
Detoxification of the body
Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
Relief of chronic pain
Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
Lymphedema has no cure but can be successfully managed when properly diagnosed and treated. Lymphedema Therapy, also called Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), is the most successful treatment for Acute/chronic lymphedema. The greatest majority of lymphedema occurring after surgery, trauma or radiation therapy. Common symptoms of lymphedema include:
Swelling of the arms, legs or trunk on the affected side of the body
Feeling of heaviness or discomfort in an arm or leg
Loss of flexibility in the hand, wrist, or ankle
Difficulty fitting into your clothes
Tightness of rings, watch or bracelet
Infections that won't go away or keep coming back in the same area
Feeling of tightness in the skin (this may be felt even before there is noticeable swelling)
Pitting of the skin (swelling in which an imprint remains after light pressure is applied)
Sucessfully treated Post mastectomy lymphedema and other related conditions respond extremely well to this gentle, non-invasive, and highly effective therapy. CDT consists of the following four steps:
1. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
MLD is a very gentle manual treatment that improves the function of the lymphatic system throughout the body. It promotes general relaxation and cleans (detoxifies) the skin and superficial fascia. In lymphedema therapy MLD is used to reroute the lymph flow around blocked areas into healthy lymph vessels, which drain into the venous circulation.
2. Compression Therapy
Compression therapy, through the use of multilayered bandages, increases tissue pressure and is applied between treatments to prevent the re-accumulation of evacuated edema fluid. Compression therapy also increases the efficiency of the muscle and joint pumps and is used until the limb is sufficiently decongested to be fitted for compression garments.
Remedial exercises, with the bandages in place, are performed to activate the muscle and joint pumps of the affected extremity. This results in an increase in lymphokinetic activity and, over time, in further reduction of the swollen limb.
4. Skin Care
Skin care and general hygiene are essential for eliminating bacterial and fungal growth, either of which can cause repeated attacks of cellulitis or erysipelas. Because infections are very common complications of lymphedema, meticulous skin and nail care are integral elements of CDT.
A nationally recognized protocol developed especially for people living with cancer. It is gentle work that supports, nourishes and strengthens the immune system and bodily organs of those undergoing the rigors of cancer, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments along with pain, fatigue, nausea and other associated side effects of treatments. Treatments may include gentle touch, massage, acupressure, reflexology, Healing Touch, Myofascial Release, lymphatic drainage. Specific music used for healing leads to changes in consciousness, reorganization of cells and expanded states of awareness and consciousness.
The comfort oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition with in- and out- patients receiving treatment for cancer. Massage can be given before, during, or after chemotherapy, radiation, diagnostic procedures, pre- and post-surgery and during bone marrow transplantation.
The goal of treatment is to reduce the side effects of treatment and assist the client in the transformational journey of healing and wholeness.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. Craniosacral therapy addresses the craniosacral system. This system includes the cranium, spine, and sacrum which are connected by a continuous membrane of connective tissue deep inside the body, called the dura mater. The dura mater also encloses the brain and the central nervous system. Sutherland noticed that cerebral spinal fluid rises and falls within the compartment of the dura mata. He called this movement the primary respiratory impulse; today it is known as the craniosacral rhythm (CSR) or the cranial wave.
Craniosacral therapy (also called CST, cranial osteopathy, also spelled CranioSacral bodywork or therapy) is a method of Complementary and alternative medicine used by massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, nurses, dentists, and doctors who manually apply a subtle movement of the spinal and cranial bones to bring the central nervous system into harmony. This therapy involves assessing and addressing the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which can be restricted by trauma to the body, such as through falls, accidents, and general nervous tension. By gently working with the spine, the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of CSF through the spinal cord can be optimized, and misaligned bones can be restored to their proper position. This therapy is said to be particularly useful for mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Central Nervous System Disorders
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The visceral system relies on the interconnected synchronicity between the motions of all the organs and structures of the body. At optimal health, this harmonious relationship remains stable despite the body's endless varieties of motion. But when one organ cannot move in harmony with its viscera due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement, it works against the body's other organs and muscular, membranous, fascial and osseous structures. This disharmony creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body is forced to move around. And that chronic irritation, in turn, paves the way for postural distortion, neuromuscular dysfunction, and disease processes.
Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism. Comparative studies found Visceral Manipulation beneficial for various disorders:
Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries
Bloating and Constipation
Nausea and Acid Reflux
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Fibroids and Cysts
Referred Testicular Pain
Effects of Menopause
Chronic Spinal Dysfunction
Headaches and Migraines
Back, Hip and Knee Pain
Constipation and Gastritis
Pain related to Post-operative Scar Tissue
Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body. Harmony and health exist when motion is free and excursion is full - when motion is not labored, overexcited, depressed, or conflicting with neighboring structures and their mobility.
Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work.
Designed for non-cancer clients who are experiencing significant stress, tension, disease and/or health problems in work or family life. Supports, nourishes, revitalizes, regenerates and energizes the tired body, mind and spirit. Enhances the immune system. Helps to supports the body's stressed/poorly functioning organs. Produces profound states of deep relaxation where clients can explore the journey of transformation. Clients are supported in addressing lifestyle changes.
Since each individual is unique, the client and massage therapist work together to identify what areas of the body need to receive treatment. May include gentle bodywork, reflexology, pressure points, any of the therapies listed on this page and pure therapeutic oils. Many times the session includes gentle but deep abdominal work that nourishes the organs.
Prenatal and Postpartum Massage
is therapeutic body work which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Touch is vital to the mother's physical and emotional well-being as she adapts to her new body image. Regardless of individual circumstances, a pregnant woman's body is challenged, changed and stressed in many ways, Massage gives special attention to the mother-to be which, in turn, nurtures the new life that grows within her. Massage during pregnancy helps to:
Provide emotional support and nurturing touch
Relieve stress on weight-bearing joints (ankles, low back, pelvis)
Alleviate neck and back pain caused by muscle imbalance and weakness
Assist in maintaining proper posture
Prepare the birthing muscles used during childbirth
Reduce swelling and edema
If you are having any problems or complications with you pregnancy you will be required to have approval from your primary health care provider before proceeding with any bodywork
is designed to help in restoring you body to its pre-pregnancy condition and to address the stress of carrying and caring for a newborn. New mother suffer from fatigue, soreness from overused birthing muscles, hormonal changes, and in need of attention and pampering. Massage will enhance the physical and psychological recuperation process. The postpartum period massage therapy can:
Aid in returning your body to its pre-pregnancy stat
Assist the new mother in restoring the abdominal wall
Realign the body to reflect nonpregnant weight distribution
Reduce and alleviate the muscle tension and stress associated with mothering tasks
Provide a source of emotional support
Aid in the recovery of a post cesarean section
Postpartum massage can safely begin 24 hours after delivery. If there were complications or a cesarean section was performed, a written release must be provided by you physician. General massage can be done approximately six weeks after giving birth.
A wonderful way to nurture your relationship with your child and increase your bonding through the language of touch and the gift of relaxation. During this class you will experience the benefits of massage for your infant or child and for yourself. Through supervised hands-on practice and instructor demonstration you will learn the incredible benefits of infant/child massage and how to provide a basic full-body massage. You will experience the increased connection, joy, and relaxation with regular practice and your child will receive the benefits of:
Organize and calm the baby/child central nervous system
Facilitate the development and functioning of the baby/child respiratory and digestive systems
Stimulate brain development
Facilitate muscle tone, development, and coordination
Induce deeper more restful sleep
Enhance immune system functioning for both baby/child and parent
Increase bonding and attachment between baby/child and parent
Induce relaxation for both baby/child and parent
Touch is the first sense we develop, and it is extremely important for communication and learning. Everyone needs both physical and psychological contact with others. As an added bonus, positive physical contact nourishes both the giver and the receiver.
Children who receive massage as they grow through their developmental years:
Can concentrate easily
Learn to say no to unwanted physical contact
Massage for Infants and Children with Special Needs
This safe, nurturing, integrative, therapeutic touch can assist a child with or without healthcare needs. This can be rendered for either in the office, the child's home or hospital enviroment each individual case is considered for the child's comfort and appropriate modifications for chronic, acute and life limiting illness. Janet has advanced training skills in working with children of all ages and abilities. Children experience many benefits including:
Improved muscle tone
Enhanced pulmonary function
Enhanced body image
Increased bonding and attachment
Increased self esteem
Healthy sense of boundaries
Overall sense of well being
Massage for Seniors
As we age our body gradually loses some of its ability to spring back and repair itself as efficiently as it once did. We naturally lose muscle tone, flexibility and coordination and it takes a longer period of time to heal and recover from injury and illness. Therapeutic massage can help address these physical changes that come with age. It can help speed recovery and healing after surgery, ease the pain and muscle contractions that come with Arthritis, enhance restful sleep, ease breathing and increase vitality, energy and mental alertness.
Massage for Terminal Illness or End-of-Life Care
Therapeutic massage is a vital resource for a terminally-ill person or for End-of-Life Care. The physical pain, natural sense of fear, emotional isolation and sometimes physical isolation that can occur during this process is alleviated with nurturing, gentle, pain reducing touch. The sessions can occur in any setting and are structured around the specific needs and the medical condition of the individual.
Oncology Massage Certification program for massage therapist who want to work with people battling with cancer and cancer survivors. Massage for People Living with Cancer and Oncology Massage Certification Program with Gayle MacDonald.
Source for discovering and learning CranioSacral Therapy, taught through the Upledger Institute International, founded by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM leads the world in light-touch therapy training programs, information and products. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
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.
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the most successful treatment for chronic extremity lymphedema. The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy is the premier educational institution for training health professionels to become experts in the treatment of pathologies related to the lymphatic system.
Visceral Manipulation education and certification was developed by French Osteopath, Jean-Pierre Barral. Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body's visceral system (the heart, liver, intestines and other internal organs) to locate and alleviate these abnormal points of tension throughout the body.