Office safety precautions moving forward due to Covid-19:
-Please, if you think you even MIGHT be sick or feeling the least bit under the weather, reschedule your appointment.
-You are welcomed to wear a mask, but you are not required to. To be transparent, I will not be wearing a mask as they make me feel lightheaded and anxious. If this makes you uncomfortable, please let me know and we can cancel your appointment.
-I have been involved in the medical field for over 30 years and my pledge to all my clients is that your health and safety are of the utmost importance to me. If you have any concerns please be open and transparent, as I can only address the issues I am aware of.
Where will my session take place?
Your 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?
Manual lymphatic drainage sessions are traditionally performed with the client mostly 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, unless you need assistance, which we are always glad to help in any way we can.
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?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage will include lymph node beds in the groin, armpits, neck and abdomen and most of the skin surface of the body (to your comfort level).
What will the manual lymphatic drainage feel like?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage uses very light strokes in a wavelike motion directing lymphatic flow towards the circulatory system. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Bodywork is most effective when your body is not resisting.
What should I do during the session?
Prior to your session, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the session, 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 are experiencing discomfort, need a temperature change, or anything else relevant to the session. Others chose to talk, which can be a form of relaxation as well. I am open to whatever the client is inclined to need. Be warned that the first session will be an information session about how the lymphatic system works. If you would prefer to not receive the information, please let me know so I can accommodate your wishes. 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 manual lymphatic drainage?
Most people feel very relaxed. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. After a lymphatic session, you could feel lighter and deeply relaxed, however, you could feel a little nauseated due to the detoxification and most likely will have to use the restroom.
What are the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage?
The benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage include detoxification for the body, an increase of the immune system's effectiveness, reduced illnesses and eliminating acute and chronic swelling/inflammation.
How many sessions are recommended?
When receiving MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage), it is recommended to receive 3 sessions within a two week period. This allows the lymphatic system an opportunity to get clean and working smoothly. The second and third sessions allow for a deeper cleansing.
Post surgical recommendations are in line with your surgeons recommendations and the way your body reacts and heals from the trauma. The more extensive the work, the more sessions recommended. See Dr. Wolf's recommendation here.
Are there any medical conditions that would make manual lymphatic drainage inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, you will be asked general health questions as well as questions specific to your condition. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking.
How does the Wet Sheet Pack work-As the body goes through the different temperature differences, the circulation and metabolism is stimulated and therefore creates enhanced detoxification.
Why is the treatment 2 hours, that seems like a long time- The body does not become toxic overnight, and it can not be cleaned up overnight. The beauty of this treatment is that it encourages and allows the body to progress through the detox at its own pace. The body can sometimes forget its natural processes of elimination and it needs to remember on its own time.
Is this a stand alone therapy-Yes, this can be a stand alone therapy, however, you will have needed to receive a Manual Lymphatic Drainage session sometime within the previous 30 days. This is because when the body goes through a strong detoxification treatment and the avenues of elimination (Lymphatic System) are not open, the toxic materials can get redistributed in the body instead of removed from the body.
How will I feel afterwards-As with any healing treatment, Massage included, clients can go through healing crisis. This can include headache, queasiness, nausea, dizziness, lightheaded, and a feeling of coming down with a cold. These symptoms can signify that the body is getting rid of toxin a bit faster than the body can handle. In the grand scheme of things, this is a good thing, however, can be stressful. We will discuss this possibility and what can be done to lessen the symptoms.
On the other hand, some clients get off the treatment table feeling better than they have in years. Clients report feeling light in body and clearer in mind.
How can I best prepare for the session-To get the most out of this session, I ask that you arrive 10 minutes early. Since the treatment will have you wrapped snugly for close to 120 minutes, I will ask that you use the restroom before we get started.
This treatment works best when the sheet is in contact with the greatest amount of skin. 2 piece athletic wear, bathing suit or bra and panties for ladies works best. Shorts for men. I suggest to bring a second set of underclothes in case your are still wet after the treatment.
Who should not receive this treatment-
Steam tent sessions are only being offered at this time as an add on after an MLD session. You will have use of the steam tent for 30 minutes after your lymphatic session, which includes entrance, exit and dressing. It is suggested that if you are not accustomed to the steam tent, the suggested time in is 15 minutes.
****Please come hydrated, with a water bottle for during and after your session. HYDRATION is of the utmost importance.****
The area in and around the steam tent is very private, and clothing is optional. You will be asked to sign a separate waiver and given instructions on using the tent. A towel will be provided. I take the sanitization of the tent very seriously. The inside, outside, chair and linens will be sanitized with sanitizing spray or laundered after every use, the tent will also be dried out between sessions.
Do you accept Insurance? What forms of payment do you accept?
Even though I have had the same education as the lymphedema therapists in the rehab departments at the major hospitals, because I am a massage therapist, insurance does not reimburse my services.
White Mountain Lymphatic Care is self-pay. I accept for payment
****After March 1, 2022 a 3% service fee will be assessed to all card payments****
Package and Cancellation Policy
24 hour advance notice is requested when cancelling an appointment. Please call, text or e-mail. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment.
If you arrive late, your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours. Depending upon how late you arrive, your therapist will then determine if there is enough time remaining to start a treatment. Regardless of the length of the treatment actually given, you will be responsible for the “full” session. Out of respect and consideration to your therapist and other customers, please plan accordingly and be on time.
I look forward to serving you!