Swedish Massage encompasses soft, long, kneading strokes (petrissage and effleurage), light, rhythmic tapping (tapotement), and friction strokes on the superficial muscle layers. These techniques will relieve muscle tension, and aim to relax and energize the client. The flat surfaces of the hands or palms deliver the massage strokes which follow along the muscle fibres, or across these fibres and provide a soothing and comfortable experience.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle form of massage, which aims to drain fluid from the tissues through the lymphatic system located just underneath the skin. The gentle manipulation of lymph nodes encourages the natural drainage of the lymph which carries waste products away from the tissues back towards the heart. The lymph system has not ‘heartbeat’, but it sits within our tissues and runs alongside our blood vessels thus relying on muscle and blood vessel contractions to propel the fluid to the lymph nodes. MLD techniques mimic the heartbeat’s rhythm and treatment follows a sequential pattern for optimum results. Since MLD provides strong detoxifying effects, common symptoms after a session can include brain fog, deeper & more restful sleep, hunger or cravings for fats, thirst, tiredness, shifts in sinus and ear congestion, reduction in swelling or headaches. Symptoms dissipate fairly quickly, however, it is preferential for the client to refrain from strenuous activity immediately after an MLD treatment.