There is a silent maze spread under your skin that is necessary for you to live called the lymphatic system. The Lymphatic system belongs as part of the circulatory system and aids in removing harmful waste and toxins from our bodies. If the lymphatic system did not work correctly the body would develop major system edemas, auto-intoxication and eventually would shut down.
Although many early civilizations such as Sumer, India, China, Babylonia and Egypt had recognized a substance within blood that was often called “white blood” it wasn’t until the 17th century that Olof Rudbeck first saw the lymphatic system as a complete system within the body.
Two centuries later, Emil Vodder, presented the idea of Manual Lymphatic Drainage which is the current modality used today.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a very light modality that naturally stimulates your lymphatic system by applying a very gentle, slow, and rhythmic pressure towards major lymph nodes which act as large purification centers for the body. The nodes then break down the toxic waste so that they can eventually be flushed out of the body through our organs of elimination.
It feels like a very light stretch or pumping over our skin that slows down the autonomic nervous system creating a very deep and relaxing sensation which is why everyone can benefit from lymphatic work. Here are a few other reason why you might seek out Lymphatic Drainage:
While Lymphatic Drainage is good for so many things and is light enough to work on just about anyone, it may be more harm than good if you have:
Don’t let the light touch fool you into thinking this is fluff. Lymphatic Drainage can have detoxing effects and leave you feeling light, rested and calm. If you have questions or live in Austin,Tx and would like to try lymphatic drainage, comment below, email me at email@example.com, or even better schedule yourself here.
Most clients that I see in my massage practice are dealing with some level of pain. Pain can mean a multitude of things, so understanding what kind of pain you're dealing with is important for the treatment.
When clients describe their pain as a deep, burning, dull ache that sometimes travels to another part of the body, I instantly think Trigger Point.
A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot in a muscle that is the tightest part along a taut muscle. It can be hot, hard to the touch and usually has radiating pain. For example you may have a trigger point in your trapezius (upper shoulder area) that you can feel the sensation creep up your neck, sometimes even causing migraines or tension headaches.
It is very normal for people to have trigger points at some point in their life. Repetitive overuse injuries, heavy lifting, poor posture, direct injury, mental/emotional stress that causes clenching of muscles and even being sedentary too long can all cause trigger points.
Healthy tissue often feels supple and elastic making it easy to palpate other structures. Trigger points form when healthy tissue becomes dysfunctional by not being able to return to its original shape after the muscle contracts. This makes the tissue feel “ropey” or “cordlike” and over time, if not treated, the muscle becomes chronically shortened cutting off a sufficient amount of blood supply to this area creating a build up of metabolic waste resulting in pain.
Lucky for you, treating each trigger point is quite easy.
For some, pain may be alleviated after the first session but for others it may take a few treatments to start feeling results. It is important to note that though the application of trigger point therapy is simple, treating pain in the entire body can be a challenge. This is where finding a good massage therapist or other healthcare professional to work with is crucial to healing.
So What is Fascia?
The fascial system is a connective tissue that looks like a spider web, which surrounds our muscles, bones, down to every cell in our body. This is why it is known as a whole body system.
When our fascial system gets a restriction, which can be caused by inflammation, trauma and surgery, it holds about 2,000 pounds of pressure. Being a whole body system means that the restriction is not just in that one area but the other systems around it are also being compromised.
It's like getting a run in a pair of panty hose; the run is the restriction and the surrounding threads are the muscles, nerves, cells etc. Right where the run is you will see all the other fibers reaching towards the area in response to the trauma or what caused the tear.
Unfortunately restrictions cannot be seen through X-rays, MRI’s and CAT scans so discovering fascial restrictions is assessed through a technique called Myofascial Release.
Myofascial Release is a gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions which are accessed through visual analysis and tissue texture.
This technique is often described as three dimensional because the system has no defined direction. It may twist, turn, and spiral which can compress on the nerves, blood supplies and put unnecessary pressure on structures resulting in pain.
Myofascial Release is a gentle modality that can be used to help with:
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