No claims are made or implied
in this piece and all text is for guidance and general information. Specifics are reserved for actual consultations.
I have been effecting these treatments since the early 1970s and have treated thousands of individuals. Each year, some
700 sessions are carried out here and that has been the case since 1999.
The lymphatic system is a crucial part of the immune system and the way it seems to work is
by fundamental hydraulic pressure. All nutrients needed for the body to work correctly are transported via the blood
to all parts of the body. The movement of lymph is effected by muscle contraction and release hence it is important
to exercise correctly, using passive stretches such as that taught in our classes. We have found some who have an element
of fibromyalgia respond to the deep tissue massage and over time, the condition may be relieved.
The blood carries red and white corpuscles and other cells
designed to protect the body from viruses and bacteria, cancerous cells and toxins. If we think of the arteries as the
high pressure system, then the nutrients and water have to migrate into the cells at a lower pressure. Thus they cannot
get back in to the high pressure arteries.
Once the energy store, the glycogens, are used toxic products such as lactic acid are found in the muscle
tissue and have to be cleared before any more fresh blood can be effective. Once the blood is used by the organs, muscles
or whatever, the product and waste has to be got back to the heart to be pumped through the liver and kidney to be cleansed
before re-entering the blood system and re-oxygenated in the lungs.
This is done by the action of the muscles and as the lymphatic system has no pump as such,
inactivity will reduce this effectiveness and worsen the situation.
If the lymphatic system
is sluggish or blocked, damaged or removed during an operation, the toxins build up and little or no new blood can get in
to the muscles. It is common for those with post surgical situations such as masectomy will have had several lymph nodes
removed and manual intervention is taught as self help in some hospitals.
That same criteria is offered here and with our long experience
many find it far better to have it done for them during a massage treatment.
Female and male breast tissue is a common site of problems arising
from sluggish lymph and as with all things, an element of prevention is preferable to trying to deal with the consequences.
If allowed to congest, in women particularly, the breast tissue may become very painful. The muscles underneath the
bulk of the tissue becomes sore and difficult to move freely. Hence pain, loss of energy, exhaustion, lymphoedema and
often, depression sets in.
Manual drainage is very important and self help is often taught.
In our experience, using one hand cannot clear the deep tissue and it is included in the full body treatments with Tony since
studying the methods in the 1970's. The effect is quite dramatic in many cases and it is found that regular deep lymphatic
massage does seem to help recovery from ME.
Where there has been no surgery,
the effects are commonly that the legs and hips feel heavy, the waist is sluggish,
periodic lumps appear in the breast tissue and the menstrual cycle is disrupted. Often,
lower legs become swollen and the extremities feel cold. We find a tendency to eat fatty and comfort foods, thus exacerbating
the situation. Post surgery where lymph nodes have been removed, it is quite effective in relieving odema and discomfort
as well as stimulating recovery.
stimulating the lymphatic system, the body is encouraged to return to normality and good health. All massage systems
stimulate a degree of superficial lymph circulation but the subject is highly complex and demands
a comprehensive understanding of the body systems to perform effective therapy.
will be pleased to talk to you about the need for this procedure but nothing that is said or implied replaces nor is intended
to offer any medical opinion and medical advice should be sought in all cases of undiagnosed lumps or health concerns.
Neither does this passage condone or authorise any person whether qualified or not to touch any person without full
informed consent and compliance with all relevant regulations and protocols. Lymph drainage should not be performed
on children under 12 years without sound investigation.
store fats differently to women and the incidence of problems of lymphodema is greater in women. Men should exercise
regularly and reduce internal fats around the gut with proper diet. Sitting at a desk all day without a regular walk
is asking for problems.
If you wish for a chaperone or for your partner, parent, relative
to be in the room at the time of your treatment, this is quite usual and all you have to do is ask. No-one will touch
you without your consent and full understanding of what may be appropriate for your condition.
Please also read the article found in the menu to the left of this page labelled Breast Lymphatic
those who have been abused you may care to read the page on Massage. We are highly experienced in offering suitable and appropriate
If you do not want any part of your body to be touched, just say so. That is your right.
We shall not be offended if you do say this and would prefer that you do so.
Tony November 2012