This video shows how to give a leg and thigh massage.
In this series of videos, massage therapist Athena Jezik demonstrates Swedish Massage Therapy techniques on the entire body including the back, chest, abdomen, face, feet, hands, legs, thighs and neck. Athena focuses on the muscle and tissue connections.
So from working on the stomach and leaving the stomach area, you come over to the left side of the body on the legs and you begin to do the work there.
Now there’s a lot of lymph nodes along the inner thigh and up into the inguinal triangle, so to get this drainage you place your hand along there and you find those nodes, and you just want to work into that area. And again, it’s a skin stretching. You pull it and then you ride back on the skin.
And take a broad hand, push it toward those nodes, always in the direction of the flow.
Our lymph vessels are so vast in our body that basically, if we didn’t have anything but lymph vessels we would be basically recognizable because there are so many of them. It’s important to remember that they need to be stretched in order to be able to have their little peristalstic action to push the fluid through.
If you go into the system too hard, too deeply or too quickly or do deep work with it you’re not going to be able to affect the lymph system because the vessels just don’t respond to that kind of work.
So although there might be a little bit of stimulation to the lymph system during regular massage therapy, it really doesn’t move the lymph unless it’s addressed along the lymphatic structures and the way that the lymph fluid moves.
There are nodes behind the knee, called popliteal nodes. Those are important to make sure are open, especially if there is any swelling in the lower extremity.
Then we just continue with the skin stretching.
Then around the ankle bone and onto the foot. Again, this is just the basic work.
We can get into the joints. We are going to drain the joint. I’ll show you how to drain the knee. When you’re draining knees or joints you want to stabilize the more proximal end of the joint of where it’s coming together and you just rotate the bottom part back and forth. It’s a little rotator move.It’s just enough to get that lymph system activated in there and get that fluid in there moving in those vessels and just continue to raise up, and I could feel a releasing of that knee.
It did have a little bit of fluid around it, Nothing serious, but enough that it is good to keep it moving. And back into the inguinal area.
I’m reaching up through the deeper structure nodes and an opening up of the clavicle.
Then map, and the fluid is all good current.
Then you do the same thing with the other leg. Now here there is some fullness in these nodes and in the inguinal area, it’s on the right side, the liver side again, so the congestion that was happening in the liver affects the entire side of the body.
The body all ties together.
You don’t want to do lymphatic work if there’s a lot of deep bruising, although there is a technique that can be used for bruising. You have to know what you are going to be doing with that because that can be a dangerous situation.
If you see bruises, particularly large ones, just stay away from them. Any kind of skin irritations or anything like that, stay away from them as well. Just work around them.
Let the fluids that are close to them carry things out, but don’t get on top of the wounds or anything like that until you’re knowing exactly what’s going on.
I’m doing a broader move here. I hope you can see that ok.
And then down to the knees. nodes behind the knee. Using that little push stretch and riding it back.
When the fluids start to move, it’s like this movement of this silent water and it’s very very relaxing.
I’ve helped a lot of people feel a lot better with lymphatic drainage. There’s all sorts of different cases, from stomachs being stapled and the dullness that persists after that surgery.
Getting those fluids moved in that type of situation just helped that person to feel better, even look different after she left.
There’s one in particular that I’m thinking of but I have worked on more than one.
It’s also good for post-op, if there has been mastectomies, abdominal surgeries, gall bladder removal or anything like that it’s helpful, and it also helps the healing process.
I’ve seen some pretty serious medical procedures done and rather quick recoveries on people that have come in for lymphatic work.
I work a lot of children with congestion in their sinuses as well as their ears. Many children just need their ears drained lymphatically. They don’t need to have those tubes put in them. Unfortunately, we don’t have a medical system that does anything else. They just stick tubes in. So very few of my clients even mention to their doctors what their doing, because they are finding out that this takes care of a lot of ear infections, and their experiences have been with these young children, they’ve been on anti-biotics, many series, and they still are sick. They bring their children in, and if they’re rattling in their lungs or their breathing is very labored because of a lot of congestion in their noses, we actually hear a differnce in the way that their breath sounds and the way they are breathing at the end of the session.
It’s a very very important modality and if you’re interested in learning it there are places that you can. I personally teach people who are interested in individually getting this.I will not teach for CEU’s. I do not want people coming in just to satisfy the state requirements. It’s way too valuable a modality to have people there just biding time so they can renew their license. I work only with people who are genuinely concerned with having this modality in their own hands to help people. It’s just got too much to it to brush out real quickly. Like this little thing that I’m doing here, is just a brushing of the fluids in the direction that they are to go.
Ok, this was just a little demonstration and explanation of lymphatic drainage and I would encourage all of you to find someone in your area to experience this.
I would also suggest that you be sure that they are trained, either from the Vodder or the Chikly method.
Anything else out there, I don’t know what it is and I don’t know that that would be a good thing because I have seen people who have experienced some pretty rough work that I don’t really think is lymphatics.
Just be careful. Know what you’re up to, know what you’re doing, ask questions, and of course I’m always available, either by email or by phone.
This is Athena Jezik
Athena Jezik is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in Lymphatic Drainage and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Visit Athena’s Website at: http://www.acranio.com
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