Our lymphatic immune system is made up of cells, vessels and nodes. This amazing network allows an uninterrupted flow of fluid to fight infection, release toxins and other unwanted material. There are large numbers of diseases related to a poor lymphatic system. Some of them are avoidable and curable; for example, lymphedema that is caused by injury, chronic infection or surgery. This condition is generally treated by a skillful massage called Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), which consists of gentle, rhythmic strokes that help clear the lymph for a healthy return to the nodes.

Exercises that involve entire body gravity, like jumping on a trampoline and deep diaphragmatic breathing as taught by martial arts, are most efficient lymphatic circulation. Feeling congested? Herbal teas are strengthening, and lymph herbs include Echinacea which stimulates, Red Root which energizes, and Dandelion which tonifies.

As a massage therapist, MLD is within our scope of practice. We follow personalized methods using specific oils customized per treatment. Clients include cancer survivors, pre- and post- facial surgeries, breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and lymphedema. Always remember, if something is out of balance, check with your specialist first.

For a complimentary consultation, call Linda Rabah at 754-423-1863. See ad page 55.