LYMPHATIC MASSAGE, enhanced with energy-centered bodywork and essential oils, will support the lymphatic system. Essential Oils of Cypress, Grapefruit, and Orange aid in a flowing lymphatic system is one of the keys to a healthy immune system.
Lymphatic Massage, also known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is the part a type of massage that helps the lymphatic system function optimally. Some therapists prefer to call it “manipulation,” to distinguish it from the more usual sort of massage done to relieve muscle tightness, or simply for relaxation at a spa.
MLD is Gentle
The manipulation involved in MLD uses very light pressure to stimulate the lymph vessels that lie just beneath the skin. Since these vessels are small and thin, firm pressure in any one area can actually shut them down momentarily, so the gentleness of the pressure is essential. Some therapists visualize this process as pushing the lymph fluid in the desired direction, while others see it as directing the flow by pulling the skin slightly ahead of the lymph flow. Either way, MLD is an important technique for moving lymph fluid out of the congested area and back into circulation in the center of the body and it is used to treat lymphedema, assist with cancer care and general well-being especially auto-immune disorders.
Lymphatic Massage Oil Blend
Using essential oils with massage is not new but here is a lovely aromatic recipe that can be added to a carrier oil. If you regularly receive MLD treatment, see about adding this to the massage oil! (15 drops per tblspn – 1/2 oz- of carrier oil)
- 7 drops cypress
- 5 drops grapefruit
- 3 drop orange
Where do I go for my MLD massage?
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Here’s a great article on the topic! How to Detox the Lymphatic System Using Essential Oils