Lymph Drainage Therapy
The proper functioning of the lymphatic
system is critical to our body's ability to operate at peak
performance. This system drains fluids, detoxifies and regenerates
tissues, filters out toxins and foreign substances and helps
us maintain a healthy immune system. If lymph circulation
stagnates however, toxins accumulate and compromise cellular
functioning, which opens the way to physical ailments.
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is
an original hands-on method of lymph drainage developed by
French physician Bruno Chikly. It offers a highly efficient
approach to working with the lymphatic and other fluid systems.
While its concepts are based on traditional procedures, LDT
is the first modality to teach practitioners how to manually
attune the specific rhythm, pressure, quality and direction
of the lymph flow by using a combination of precise anatomical
science and distinct manual techniques.
Bruno Chikly, MD, DO (hon.)
With training, practitioners can learn
to perform a lymphatic "mapping" of the superficial and deep lymphatic
pathways. Using their hands, they can to assess the specific directions
of lymph flow and areas of congestion and fibrosis-before, during
and after treatment-by using a procedure called Manual Lymphatic
Mapping (MLM). MLM allows the practitioner to manually determine
the most efficient alternative pathways in the presence of fluid
stagnation. As an advanced practitioner, training is given to interact
with the fluids at different levels, from the most superficial cutaneous
circulation to that of the mucosa, muscles, tendons, periosteum
Techniques are performed with hands and
fingers simulating gentle, wave-like movements. They are neither
tiring nor straining but light-touch and easy to use. These subtle
manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation
as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic
nervous systems. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished,
the results can be:
- Reduction in edemas (swelling) and
lymphedemas of various origins.
- Detoxification of the body.
- Relief of numerous chronic and subacute
inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis.
- Relief of chronic pain.
- Regeneration of tissue, including
burns, wounds, stretch marks and wrinkles. Stimulation of the
- Reduction in the symptoms of chronic
fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
- Antispastic actions to relieve conditions
such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation.
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress,
loss of vitality and loss of memory.
- Anti-aging effects.
- Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite