What is Lymph Drainage Therapy?

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO (hon.). Dr. Chikly's work came from his award-winning research on the lymphatic system. LDT practitioners are taught to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymphatic flow. With this training, therapists can achieve profound, more precise outcomes in shorter periods of time. From this process, clients get a pleasurable experience and it helps induce a deep state of relaxation.

How Important is Lymph Drainage for good health?

Having a proper functioning lymphatic system is crucial to our body's ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. The lymphatic system is complex, comprised primarily of lymph vessels and nodes working in cooperation to accomplish their task.

Lymph vessels rely upon hundreds of tiny muscular units (lymphangions) contracting throughout the body to propel lymph flow. The contractions enable the lymph vessels to transport numerous substances (i.e. proteins, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, immune cells) to lymph nodes which can then process them. The action of these muscular units can be hindered or stopped, due to surgery, fatigue, stress, or age. When lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate, and cellular functioning is significantly compromised. This can open the way to many physical ailments and hasten the aging process.

LDT is a hands-on technique designed to attain and sustain proper functioning of the human fluid system.

How is LDT Performed?

The process of LDT involves the use of gentle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of body fluids. On average, the pressure is a very light five grams, or the equivalent weight of a nickel.

In using this technique, trained therapists can detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping of the vessels to assess the overall direction of lymphatic circulation, areas of stagnation, and the best alternate pathways for draining lymph and other body fluids.

Benefits of LDT:

Due to the role of the lymphatic system, LDT can prove beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions, as well as in preventive health maintenance.

LDT helps to recirculate body fluids, stimulate functioning of the immune system, and promote a sate of relaxation and balance within the autonomic nervous system. When these actions are accomplished, the results may be:
  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of many origins
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Regeneration of tissues (e.g. from burns or pre and post surgical scarring
  • Relief of chronic inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies
  • Immune system stimulation for preventive and therapeutic effects
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality, & loss of memory
Lymph Drainage Rates:

30 minute = $35
60 minute = $70
Combine 30 minute lymph and 30 minute massage = $70

For more information on lymph drainage therapy or Dr. Chikly, please visit, www.chiklyinstitute.org.

"Jennifer is constantly keeping up to date with new techniques and medical findings. She is the only one who does legitimate Lymph Drainage Massage, very non-invasive and essential for us cancer survivors! Excellent!" A.M.
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