Anatomy of the Lymph System (06:13)
The lymph system and the circulatory system are tied together. The circulatory system distributes blood and fluid throughout the body.
Lymph Trunks and Lymph Nodes (02:40)
The initial lymphatics have flaps that open to let fluid in. The interstitial fluid is called lymph; these collectors have one way valves.
Mapping the Lymph Channels & Naming the Basic Nodes (02:35)
The lymphatic system encases the body and removes excess fluid that has risen to the surface. The axillary nodes drain all the lymph in the arm, torso, and back.
Lymphotome Watershed (02:16)
Know where the watersheds are and what nodes the lymphotomes drain to. There is a watershed down the center of the body.
Head and Neck (01:28)
All of the lymph from the head drains into the neck through the cervical nodes; a watershed divides the face. The watershed above the ear divides the head.
Edema: Excess Fluid in the Tissues (04:41)
There are three stages and two types of edema. Radiation, scars, burns, parasites, and tumors can cause edema. Lymph nodes can be removed by surgery.
Indications & Contraindications (03:43)
Acute inflammation caused by bacteria, viruses, poisons, or allergens are contraindicated. Lymphatic drainage massage will push substances into lymph channels.
Good lymphatic drainage massage requires mastering five specific areas: pressure, direction, rhythm, sequence, contraindications. Light pressure is the most effective. Pushing the lymph in the wrong direction defeats the purpose of the massage.
Neck & Face (03:11)
To release the neck chain and cervical nodes, start at the clavicle and finish under the ear. Use stationary circle movements on the client.
Positions for Submandibular Chain (02:55)
Push the lateral five times in each position. Stand at the head of the table and twist your fingertips outward. The pressure on the face should be lighter than anywhere else on the body.
Clearing the Nose (03:10)
The lowest position is next to the nostrils. The middle position relieves sinus pressure. The third position drains the tear duct of the eye.
Clearing the Forehead (03:03)
To clear the forehead, kneel at the head of the table, place the flat of your fingers across the tissue and stretch laterally. Drain the upper eyelid in three places.
Clearing the Posterior Neck (02:16)
Stand at the head of the table and use your finger pads to clear two places on the lateral neck. Clear the medial part of the trapezius by stretching anterior and medial.
When working on the upper body, start by clearing the terminus. Use your fingertips to glide in toward the center line. The armpit is called the axilla.
Forearm, Wrist, Sternum, and Back (05:50)
Perform thumbscrews on the posterior wrist, starting with the thumbs facing each other. To drain the back, position the client face down and use the flat edge of your hand to stretch laterally.
The stomach technique pushes superior and toward the midline. Sean Riehl demonstrates a liver ascending colon technique. Use the scoop technique to clear the outer leg.
Knee, Lower Leg, Thigh, and Ankle (06:28)
To flush the knee, Riehl performs thumbscrews in four places. The fourth position is just inferior to the patella. To complete the knee perform a straight stretch.
Face Sequence (04:24)
One of the best ways to learn lymphatic drainage massage is to work on yourself. Clearing the terminus is the first step to facial massage.
Interview Excerpts (05:07)
Allen Mills is an expert in lymphatic drainage massage. Lymph drainage is essential for any time there is excess fluid in the system.
Drainage Technique (03:44)
When you find a certain drainage technique that works, repeat it. The client will notice a decrease in swelling and size right away if the procedure is working.
Contraindications and Review (02:49)
Anyone who has had organ replacement should not get treatment. This kind of therapy could cause the body to reject a transplant. Avoid working directly on breast implants.
Credit: Lymphatic Drainage Massage (00:15)
Credit: Lymphatic Drainage Massage
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