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Lymph Drainage Technique


Proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues and to maintain a healthy immune system. Unlike the circulatory system, which uses the pumping of the heart to circulate its blood flow, lymph vessels rely upon hundreds of tiny muscular units contracting throughout the body to propel the lymph. The action of these muscular units can be hindered or stopped due to fatigue, stress, lack of physical activity, infections, swelling, chemicals, or food additives. When lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, and toxins accumulate, and cellular functioning is significantly compromised.

Dr. John Upledger developed the method called Lymph Drainage Technique designed to activate and cleanse the human lymphatic system.

The process involves the use of subtle manual maneuvers to aid in the re-circulation of the lymphatic flow. Specifically, the therapist works with gentle finger tips stimulating a wave- like movement. Pressure applied is the equivalent weight of a nickel. Using this technique, lymphatic drainage follows your own body’s specific lymphatic rhythm and direction of flow anywhere in the body.

The therapy has been successfully used to activate fluid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune system. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results may be:


bullet Reduction in swelling of many origins
bullet Detoxification of the body
bullet Regeneration of tissue, including scars (pre- and post-surgical), wrinkles, and stretch marks
bullet Relief of chronic and sub- acute inflammation
bullet Reduction in the symptoms of fibromyalgia
bullet Deep relaxation to aid insomnia and stress
bullet Alleviation of adipose and cellulite tissue
bullet Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
bullet Alleviation of adipose and cellulite tissue