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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Manual Lymph Drainage Specific Questions:

What does Manual Lymph Drainage do for my body?

Can I be treated if I currently have an acute infection?

How is this different from regular massage?

How long does Manual Lymph Drainage therapy treatment last?

What causes Lymphedema?

How does Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) work?

How long does lymphedema treatment last for Lymphedema patients?

Will the MLD treatment be painful? I’ve just been through surgery!

Do I need to have my surgeon recommend post-operative Manual Lymph Drainage?

What is the typical treatment plan for post-op patients?


Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

What does Manual Lymph Drainage do for my body?

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) cleanses the body’s tissues by increasing the amount of fluid moved through the lymphatic system. This speeds the removal of toxins and waste from the body and accelerates the healing process.

Can I be treated if I currently have an acute infection?

To ensure your health and the health of the therapist, you should not be treated if you currently have an acute infection. Once the infection has passed or you have been on antibiotics for 24-48 hours, then treatment can begin.

How is this different from regular massage?

Traditional massage works the muscles and soft tissues in the body to stretch and loosen them. Manual Lymph Drainage acts on the tiny lymph vessels found in the skin and subcutaneous tissues.MLDdirectlyreduces inflammation and swelling within the body.

How long does Manual Lymph Drainage therapy treatment last?

Treatment sessions are 45-60 minutes long and generally 10 sessions are recommended to start with. They should ideally take place 2-4 times per week for 2-4 weeks. This will maximize tissue cleaning and speed the healing process. Your therapist will work with you to arrange a schedule that works best for you.

What causes Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is prevalent throughout the world. The major cause in developed countries is the damage done to the lymph system incidental to cancer surgery and/or radiation, or by the malignant disease itself. It is also possible to be born with an insufficient lymphatic system, which causes lymphedema later in life.

How does Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) work?

The Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage uses a 2 directional movement to stretch & pump the lymph vessels in order to maximize fluid intake. This helps move the lymph forward and drain the connective tissues of the excess fluid.

This is a very light technique since most of the initial lymph vessels are at skin level and are only 1-2 cells thick. To maximize effectiveness, each body area requires an exact sequence of precise hand movements applied in a specific series of repetitions in accordance with the body’s natural direction of lymph flow.

How long does lymphedema treatment last for Lymphedema patients?

Lymphedema Treatment is generally divided into 2 phases:

*Intense, Decongestion phase: 1 hour session daily with certified therapist to include: MLD, skin care, compression bandaging, exercise. Typically 10-28 days

*Maintenance, Optimization phase: 1 hour session as required. Skin care, compression bandaging, and exercise done independently. Lifelong maintenance is required.

Will the MLD treatment be painful? I’ve just been through surgery!

While many post-op patients are in extreme pain and can’t bear the thought of someone applying pressure near their wounds, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at Nina’s delicate touch, especially when you see the very noticeable results that are achieved with that gentle touch. You may even find yourself sleeping through the treatment!

Has your surgeon recommended post-operative Manual Lymph Drainage?

If you have yet to have your surgery, be sure to inquire with your plastic surgeon aboutpost-opManualLymphatic Drainage. Ask him or her how many treatments per week are recommended, and how soon following surgery would be the best time to begin. You may ask your plastic surgeon to contact Nina in order to plan a treatment regimen.

What is the typical treatment plan for post-op patients?

Treatment sessions are 30-60 minutes A long and should ideally take place 1-3 times prior to the surgery. This will maximize tissue cleaning and minimize the risk for infection. I recommend 2-4 sessions per week for 1-4 weeks post- surgery to reduce swelling, bruising, and pain and promote scar tissue healing and regeneration. I will work with you to arrange a schedule that works best for you.

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