Manual Lymphatic Drainage Training for Massage Therapists
Manual Lymphatic Technique, System & Training
The lymphatic system is comprised of lymphatic nodes, fluid, and vessels. Proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our bodies ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. (Asdonk, 1970, Adair & Guyton, 1982) Without synchronization of the vessels and nodes, your overall health suffers.
Manual Lymphatic Training (MLT) is a modality, also referred to as Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), which incorporates a series of gentle manual strokes to detect the direction, rhythm, quality and depth of lymph flow and helps resolve fluid imbalances in the body.
MLT is helpful with various conditions -- some of which include (but are not limited to) chronic pain, chronic inflammation, subacute inflammation, detoxification, tissue regeneration (such as post-surgical inflammation, swelling, burns, scars, etc.), traumans, recovery from sports activities, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression, and memory loss. MLT also assists with metabolic function, immune system stimulation, promotes deep relaxation, and is historically known for its anti-aging effects.
Manual Lymphatic Technique/LEVEL I
Manual Lymphatic Technique is a manual technique that uses very light pressure strokes delivered in specific sequences to stimulate lymphatic vessels and improve normal lymphatic uptake and flow to maintain normal fluid balance. The lymphatic system is often described as the “other circulatory system” and houses the main components of the body’s immune system. Students will gain appreciation for the palpation skill and potency of such a light touch. The basic core information presented is a stand-alone treatment or may be easily incorporated into any bodywork session. Level I covers basic anatomy and physiology, a basic neck routine, nodes of the axilla, inguinal and deep abdominal regions, along with major abdominal sphincters. When appropriately applied, it will take your practice to the next level! Bring an open mind and heart, questions, and gentle touch.
COMING SOON IN 2019 - LEVEL II
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Technique Level II will build upon the theory and applications for Manual Lymphatic Drainage Technique Level I, expanding the student’s knowledge and understanding into the structure of the lymphatic system. This will allow an exploration of the superficial pathways and their relationship to the natural “watersheds” of the face and body. Students will further develop their palpation skills and sensitivity, learning to manually discern lymph flow and “trace” it in normal and pathological systems. *Prerequisite: Manual Lymphatic Drainage Technique Level I. **Please note: Completion of this course does not enable students to treat Stage II and III Lymphedema. That requires the knowledge and palpation of Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDPT) and is not covered in this curriculum.