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Lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system that comprises a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a colorless fluid called lymph. Lymph travels through the lymphatic system, carrying cells that help fight infection and disease.

The lymphatic system influences everything from organ function, hormonal levels, energy flow and energy levels, heart and circulatory health, and emotional balance.

Main functions of the lymphatic system:

  • Defense against foreign substances such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins

  • Maintains fluid balance in the body

  • Stores and releases white blood cells to fight infection

  • Absorbs and transports fats from the digestive system

What is the Veltheim Method of Lymphatic Drainage (VMLD)?

This safe and incredibly effective technique supports the lymphatic system from a very unique perspective. It is a highly effective way of moving interstitial fluid through tissues and into the lymphatic system.  Sluggish circulation of interstitial fluid can lead to an unhealthy environment around cells. Much like a stagnant pool of water breeds mosquitos and algae, stagnant interstitial fluid fills up with cellular waste products and toxins. If these are not removed via the lymphatic system, cells will deteriorate, alter their biochemistry, become “sick” and eventually die. Therefore, it is extremely important that this system is working as efficiently as possible.

Remarkable and dramatic changes to health can be observed with this technique. VMLD provides a powerful way of supporting lymphatic health within the context of a BodyTalk session or as a stand- alone technique.

What are the benefits of VMLD?

  • Increased energy

  • Decreased swelling

  • Weight loss

  • Assists in detoxification (on a physical and emotional level)

  • Decreased joint pain

  • Relieves sinus, cold and allergy congestion

  • Reduced stress

  • Regulates bowel movements

  • Improved functioning of the immune system

  • Removes harmful substances from the body (including pain-inducing chemicals and hormones that are stagnating in the breast tissue or around organs

  • Reduces swollen ankles and legs during pregnancy

What is a session like?

The treatment takes approximately 45 minutes. The client will lie comfortably on a massage table. The VMLD technique is typically performed with the client disrobed and fully draped for maximum comfort. If preferred, it can also be done just as effectively over the clothes.

Can Lymphatic Drainage help me? 

 

These treatments are important for you if you suffer from:

 

  • Reproductive issues

  • Allergies

  • Immune conditions

  • Skin problems

  • Sinus problems

  • Digestive issues

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Reduction in edema (swelling) and lymphadema

  • Detoxification of the body

  • Regeneration of tissue, including burns and wounds

  • Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations

  • Relief of chronic pain

  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Reduction in the symptoms of fibromyalgia

  • Relieves muscle spasm

  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress and loss of vitality

  • Headaches

  • Sports Injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Orthopedic Problems

  • Stroke and head injuries


 

What is a session really like? 

 

The client disrobes and is draped (like in a massage therapy session so breasts and genitals are covered - you may keep your underwear on if this feels more comfortable for you). We work on the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, abdomen and groin. It is a gentle, hands-on technique and the focus is not on the connective tissue but on the flow of lymph.  It is a deeply relaxing and healing treatment.

 

The lymphatic drainage massage can also be done fully clothed.

Martina Fallon

Complimentary Healthcare Professional