At nine months pregnant, most women would do almost anything to help with the uncomfortable and swollen-all-over feeling. I would know—I am soon approaching my due date. Fortunately for me, I work at Globe University-Woodbury, which has a massage therapy program that—to my surprise and delight—was focusing on lymphatic massage.
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle, light-touch, noninvasive technique that is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissues space body, according to Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ADMP). LDT can help alleviate numerous conditions related to pregnancy, including swollen feet, which is what I was dealing with a few weeks ago.
After my session of LDT, I felt not only relaxed but also noticed a significant decrease in pressure in my ankles. The Globe University massage therapy program student, Loura Chamberlin, was extremely professional and knowledgeable, and also taught me how to work to give myself a manual lymphatic massage to help elevate future swelling or pain.
“Getting to use lymphatic massage on a pregnant woman was a great experience,” said Chamberlin. “LDT is a great technique because it helps swelling and inflammation, flushes toxins out of the body, helps in the production of white blood cells, relaxing, and cramps. I was very happy to be able to use this technique in class as well as in the future.”
The Globe University massage therapy program uses the power of touch to help people relax in today’s fast paced society or to help them reach optimal wellness after injuries or illness. Along with LDT, the massage therapy program at Globe offers extensive training and practice in the most-requested modalities, including:
- Swedish massage
- Chair massage
- Hot stone massage
- Spa techniques
- Thai massage
- Energy work
- Sports massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Pregnancy/Special Population massage
- Myofascial release
Use the power of touch to make your clients lives better with massage therapy. Click here to learn more about Globe University’s massage therapy program.