Lymphatic drainage massage for clients with cancer or oedema
Date & Time:10th - 11th November 2016, 10am - 5pm
Location:The Ash Centre
Ash Hill Road
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Lymphatic drainage massage is a great ally in any massage therapist’s tool kit. By being able to address the lymphatic system directly, the client’s immune system function can be significantly increased. Lymphatic drainage massage can be used where deep tissue massage and Swedish massage can not - into swollen areas. It is paradoxical that such a superficial technique has such a deep impact. Lymphatic drainage massage is, most of the time, a safe modality. The touch is so light that there is little danger of causing damage to the tissue.
“There are approximately 6 to 10 litres of lymph in the body, compared to 3.5 to 5 litres of blood. About 1.5 to 2 litres of lymph per day circulate throughout the whole body. Efficient activation of the lymphatic circulation can increase this number from 10 to 30 litres per day… the most important methods of promoting lymphatic circulation are external massage, muscular activity, vigorous exercise and adequate hydration”. http://www.microcurrentsystems.com/lymphatic_congestion site accessed 18.6.09
With an increase of lymph-flow, immune function is increased and harmful substances are removed from the tissues and neutralised in the nodes.
Lymphatic drainage massage can be applied to clients who are suffering from oedema, lack of energy, or a sluggish immune system. It is also useful when working with clients who have sport-injuries. After the initial inflammatory stage has passed, lymphatic work can be applied after sport or neuro-muscular massage has been completed. This will help to clear the tissue of debris and help to reduce the minor oedema that sometimes occurs after deep massage.
Regular applications of lymphatic drainage while the client is healing can help to enhance the tissue regeneration process by keeping the tissue as healthy as possible.
“Coming in contact with lymph is to connect with the liquid dimension of the organism. Many civilizations have symbolically associated the water element with different aspects of life: the subconscious, the moon, woman, emotion, the inner child, purity, love. Like our own subconscious or our inner child, we can easily deny or overlook our own water element. Our society specifically doesn't acknowledge the water element nor does it encourage awareness of the more subtle aspects of ourselves. Through lymph drainage therapy we will try to come in contact again with these dimensions of our body and look towards integrating more sides of ourselves.” Bruno Chikly, M.D. His doctoral thesis addressing the lymphatic system was awarded the Medal of the Medical Faculty of Paris, VI.
This lymphatic drainage massage course was formulated for qualified massage/aroma-therapists working in the field of cancer-care. Taught by one of our principals (Alison Perrott) it has the unique perspective of her experiences with malignant melanoma - and her husband’s with squamous cell carcinoma. We intend to dispel many myths about massaging people with cancer and to impart hard-won knowledge to those wanting to support people in their battle with this disorder. It is predominantly ‘hands-on’ training and, as such, consists mainly of practical work.
Applicable for other disorders – techniques can be used for oedema, stretch marks during pregnancy, scars, venous and arterial ulcers, lack of energy, sluggish immune systems, sport-injuries, tissue regeneration, puffy facial tissue and anywhere where the lymphatic system needs a little help.
Topics addressed include:
- myths: what are they?
- cautions and contra-indications
- the importance of massage for people with cancer
- lymphatic and immune system
- the importance of touch
- massage: limitations and boundaries
- consultation and clients’ record-sheet
- pH testing
- pulse synchronisation
- castor oil compress
- full-body massage sequence
- lymphatic drainage massage
- adapting massage to different situations.
Comments from students:
“Really enjoyed the course and the ability of the tutor to get the group to talk and mix very quickly, this gave a relaxed but stimulated atmosphere”.
“Very informative and enjoyable presentation - generated excitement and motivated students”.
‘This course has increased my confidence and knowledge. I shall use the techniques and sequences in my work. I enjoyed the practical work’.
‘Very well put together. The tutor’s approach to teaching ensure you feel at ease and very relaxed. I was not embarrassed to ask any questions’.
‘Amazing knowledge. Once again a course that covered everything and more’.
‘Really interesting. This course has been so beneficial, I have learnt so much and will feel a lot more confident massaging patients with lymphoedema’.
‘I was surprised at how relaxing this technique is to receive’.
‘Fantastic! Clear concise instruction – plenty of assistance. Plenty of case study discussions which helped in understanding methods. Humour prevailed at all times’.
Many Associations accept our courses for CPD including the IFPA (12 category A points).