Today we're diving into a topic that might not always get the spotlight it deserves: the importance of sleep before and after surgery. Let's be real; sleep is often underestimated in the context of surgical procedures, but trust me when I say it plays a crucial role in our journey to recovery. That's yet another one of the ways a lymphatic massage can help... because it helps you sleep!
A lymphatic massage is one of the most relaxing massages you can have. Many of my clients drift in and out of sleep or drop into a deeper subconscious state while having a manual lymphatic drainage massage. In addition, most people report getting a wonderful night of uninterrupted sleep following a lymphatic massage.
One of the reasons is that during the massage, the therapist is manually moving the lymphatic fluid so that it flows much the way it would if you did forty minutes of high-intensity interval training! You are tricking the body into "thinking" it had a hard workout; your fluids are...
After surgery, your body produces a lot of extra fluid. It's your body's beautiful way of saying, "I've got you, sister, and here I am, coming to your rescue." Your body naturally produces extra fluid to cushion the blow after trauma to the body. This is a good thing. Thank you, body!
However, after surgery, whether elective or non-elective, you want to get back to your normal, PRE-surgery state. You want to feel like yourself again. Healthy, vibrant, mobile. You don't want to feel and be hindered by, the firmness and numbness in your belly… behind your knee, under your armpit... nor anywhere else this fluid is pooling to "fight" for you.
Thank you very much, you just want it GONE.
This is where extra assistance may be necessary to help your body drain all this fluid. This is where the help of a lymphatic drainage specialist can come in handy. I write a lot about this technique elsewhere on this website. It's what I do, what I believe in, and what I enjoy doing.
Here's some old-school lymphatic wellness advice: Why treat the symptoms of the problems without treating the cause of the problem? Before spending another dollar on the latest skin product, check this out...
"We live in lymph, that is, our tissues are washed in lymph. It supplies us with the life-giving nutrients necessary for body development."
~Dr. Emil Vodder
In 1936, Dr. Vodder, the father of lymphatic drainage massage, wrote an article titled, "the Beauty of the Face." He uses the metaphor of lakes and streams to describe the lymphatic system, a metaphor that is still largely used by therapists today. The language is lovely, and I'm sharing some of it here:
"Lymph is a whitish fluid. The flow in the lymph channels is sluggish and we glide calmly through because there is no pulsation here coming from the heart, driving us forward every few seconds. However, we still move forward with the help of a carefully thought-out valve system that prevents...
As a lymphatic massage therapist, I usually finish a massage with a stimulating, full-body dry brushing. It gets the blood flowing and increases circulation. It also stimulates the lymphatic capillary mesh to pick up fluid and begin its way into the lymphatic vessels (lymphangions) toward the lymph nodes.
When I'm brushing, I usually describe what I'm doing and encourage my client to dry brush her own body for a couple of minutes before showering. That very delicate capillary mesh passively picks up interstitial fluid. Since it has no flaps or valves or pumps, this "mesh" responds to this brushing of the surface of the skin. Goose bumps are a good sign that dry brushing is doing its job.
Even though I always suggest dry brushing, I became a true believer once I saw how a certain client's body responded. It was almost miraculous, and I repeat the story here.
Let's call my client Ann. Ann had a complete mastectomy and reconstruction of...
For example, after the Covid vaccine rollouts, I was obsessed with the idea that I could potentially be fast-moving that stuff through the body via the lymph system by doing a lymphatic massage. Without adequate long-term testing, I had no idea what that was doing to my clients. On the side of caution, I advised that if you recently had the vaccine, simply wait for a couple of weeks (just a guess) before having a manual lymphatic drainage massage. Incidentally, now that we know the mRNA does NOT stay in the arm like we were told, I can only cross my fingers that this was a good call. (Too much finger-crossing these past two years, IMO).
I also received requests for lymphatic drainage to help with the harmful effects of the Covid vaccines. Could lymphatic massage help process whatever it was that was causing pain and...
As I was massaging a client recently, she referred to her abdomen as "The Cauldron of Lymph Nodes."
Kudos to her for being so in touch with her body, but...
Are you picturing an iron pot over a fire, in which green, steaming soup boils with snakes and floating eyeballs? I can't say I blame you... I did, too!
The truth is, your guts are teeming with lymph nodes doing hard work. Picture a smattering of organized, beautiful nodules filtering gunk like an elite, well-trained army of goodness and efficiency. That's exactly what it is!
You may have heard that your gut is your second brain. It's the main host to your microbiome and a key player in your overall health. It's also crucial for regulating inflammation and immunity.
It's not uncommon to sometimes resent your tummy's sluggish turmoil –– or experience a degree of self-loathing for eating those tacos so...
Sluggishness could mean you're on the right track.
No one wants to feel tired after a massage or other complementary healing modality. We want to feel on top of the world, light as a feather, strong and vital... but sometimes, the body has other plans.
Sometimes after a massage -- very occasionally, and for only a small percentage of people -- you feel a bit fatigued. Under-the-weather. Bushed.
The fact is every human lives in a physical body that is the receptacle of all sorts of toxins and abuse. Your body is your home, and sometimes you can put healing off psychologically because our spiritual and mental athletes rally when we need to. We're so tough, we can actually ignore the very vehicle we're traveling in.
We say to ourselves, " I have a vacation coming up in June; I'll relax then," or " I will get back to the gym after this new job training is finished," or "Next week will be a dry week, with no sugar and alcohol..." Etc. The mind and will are strong and can carry the...
Who doesn’t love a fresh start?
Turning the page from one calendar year to the next can feel like a chance to reset. The most popular new year’s practices aren’t resolutions so much, but a commitment to purge. Cleaning out closets, getting rid of subscription apps you’re not using, or donating toys to charity feels good because it’s like you’re releasing clutter that’s been choking off your best life. Purging what you don’t need is akin to breathing air and freeing up extra space.
That’s why the notion of a full-body detox is so alluring. All the junk in your body gets a send-off and you get back on good footing with a new feeling of health and clarity. With a good, cleansing detox, you reset your body’s natural ability to function at its optimal best.
There are a lot of good plans for detoxification that include a restrictive diet and supplements, herbs, teas, etc. Limiting what you eat feels great. I did a 30-day...