April 6, 2018
Manual Lymphatic Drainage – This technique has been getting a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. With so many of us feeling overworked and stressed, bloated and flat, and with cold and flu season on the way, it’s a good time to go over the ins-and-outs of lymphatic drainage.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
It is a unique massage technique, specifically designed to encourage the natural drainage of lymph.
Lymph is the fluid, similar to blood plasma, that circulates throughout the lymphatic system. It has a lot of different functions, one of which is acting as the body’s garbage disposal system. It picks up bacteria, delivering them to the lymph nodes, where they are destroyed.
The natural lymphatic system can pump 1-2 litres of lymph through the body per day. With Manual Lymphatic Drainage, it can increase it to 10-20 litres per day. That’s effectively giving your body’s healing system a gigantic boost.
If you have fluid retention, you’re feeling sluggish, puffy or unwell, or if you feel the need to detox, then Manual Lymphatic Drainage might be for you.
Where did it come from?
While the concept might have been around for centuries, the technique itself was put together by a couple of Danish doctors in the 1930s, who noticed that their patients that suffered from colds tended to have swollen lymph nodes. They studied the lymph system further and developed a technique where they used gentle, rhythmic hand movements to promote lymph movement. They found that when the technique was performed, patients would heal quicker.
New techniques were developed further as time went on, as the medical profession began to understand the lymph system more thoroughly. The new techniques are based on following the lines of the lymphatic vessels, towards the corresponding lymph nodes.
What does it feel like?
It feels like really, really gentle touch. It’s very different from a remedial massage, or even a relaxation massage. Your practitioner will softly stimulate your lymph nodes, then use light, feathery strokes to encourage the movement of the lymph.
How will I feel after the treatment?
It depends. You could feel decidedly dodgy in the moments after a treatment. Despite the gentleness of MLD, there’s a lot going on under the surface, and a lot of toxins are going to get flushed out. It might take you an hour or two to start feeling like yourself again. You’ll need to up your water intake, and you will probably have to visit the bathroom more often. And the next day, you should feel better than ever.
Other people feel amazing, and completely relaxed during and immediately after a treatment.
What can it treat?
MLD can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Fluid retention
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- General Fatigue
- Pre and post surgery
- Low immunity
Where can I book a treatment?
At Fluid Health, we have two therapists that specialise in Manual Lymphatic Drainage – David Luke, and Lucy Fowler. Give us a call on 03 99391133 to book an appointment, or you can click here to book online.
February 2, 2018
Are you looking for Bowen Therapy? If you know what it is, you know just how powerful it can be. We’re proud to say that we can provide you with the best Bowen Therapist Melbourne has to offer.
Here at Fluid Health, we have practitioners trained in every modality related to musculo-skeletal health and wellbeing, including remedial massage, myotherapy, dry needling, cupping and more. One of the lesser-known therapies is Bowen Therapy. We’re on a mission to get this powerful clinical technique more airtime.
How does it work?
Bowen Therapy works by stimulating the fascia. The fascia is the connective tissue that covers every single organ, bone, muscle and tendon in the body.
A Bowen practitioner will lightly roll their fingers over the muscles of the body in a particular sequence. This stimulates the fascia, and provokes a response in the brain which causes the muscle to relax.
The Rest Times
One of the defining characteristics of Bowen Therapy is the rest time. Between sequences, the practitioner will leave the room for around 3 minutes and leave you to relax. This gives the body time to register the response that the fascia is sending to the brain, and gives the muscles the opportunity to relax before the next sequence is performed.
Why Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy is very gentle and very relaxing, but the results can be powerful. The practitioner uses light strokes over the muscles – not deep pressure, which some people can find painful. The rest time in between sequences is also very calming, and you soon get used to the pace of the sequences and the tranquil break time.
After the treatment
A lot of clients will feel a little “out of it” after a Bowen treatment. The feeling has been described as zen, peaceful, and even slightly dazed.
We recommend you don’t sit down for longer than half an hour for the rest of the day following your treatment. Get up, stretch and have a walk around.
The Best Bowen Therapist Melbourne Has To Offer
Jimmy is a big fan of Bowen Therapy, finding it effective to realign the body and relieve pain caused by a vast array of conditions including frozen shoulder, TMJ, general neck and back pain and much more.
Michael finds that Bowen gives relief to clients when normal soft tissue strategies aren’t as effective, like cupping, dry needling etc. He recommends it to clients who might be guarded – whose bodies may be ‘on edge’ due to injuries or accidents. He says it’s a feeling like no other.
Want to give it a try? Call us on 03 99391133 to make an appointment with the best Bowen Therapist Melbourne has to offer, or click here to book online.
January 19, 2018
Confused about Cupping Therapy? Here, we’ll run you through a Q&A of everything to do with this ancient therapy.
What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Air is taken out of the cup to create a vacuum, so when it’s placed on the skin it will draw it up into the cup. The cups can be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone. At Fluid, we use glass cups, and mainly perform flame cupping.
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. Cupping therapy was even recommended by Hippocrates, the man whom many consider to be the “Father of Modern Medicine,” in his guide to clinical treatment.
What can it help with?
Cupping has been used to treat pain and inflammation for centuries. It has been known to relax muscles, encourage blood flow and ease high blood pressure by soothing the nervous system.
Our myotherapists will use cupping to apply a hyper-tensile force – lifting the fascia up from the muscle – rather than applying a sheer force down as used in deep tissue massage.
We also use it to release neuromuscular holds. Sometimes the brain tells the muscle to contract when it doesn’t need to, especially after a day sitting at a desk. You’ll come home and your shoulders will be around your ears. A therapist will use cupping to ease muscle tension and encourage blood flow, helping you to relax.
What does it feel like?
You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Sometimes it might feel like someone is giving you a hickey.
What about the infamous cupping marks?
They look like bruises, but they’re not painful. Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or ‘energetic blockage’ under the area that was cupped. The skin discolouration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. The cupping marks won’t hurt like bruises, and once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.
What are the different types of cupping?
There are a number of methods of cupping — the two most common here in are “fixed cupping” and “moving cupping.”
The cups are placed on a selected area of your body and then left in place without being moved.
As the name implies, in this method your practitioner will apply massage oil or cream on your skin in selected places. They’ll then put the cups over the areas to be treated, and then slide them around that region of the body — usually around your back. The cups slide easily and it feels like a nice massage.
Dynamic cupping – also known as functional cupping – is used to treat certain types of fascial distortions that cause muscle pain. Once these silicone cups are in place, the underlying muscles are contracted and taken through a range of motion. This relieves tissue tensions, and results in pain relief.
Anything else I should know?
Cupping is not scary and it’s fairly safe, as long as you go to a trained professional. It’s one of the many treatment modalities that we offer at Fluid Health, so if you are interested in booking a session, give us a call on 03 99391133 or you can click here to book online. You can also find out about Cupping at Fluid Health by clicking here.