Traditional Massage vs Lymphatic Massage

Traditional Massage vs Lymphatic Massage

At Healing Kneads, we’re constantly looking for alternative ways of alleviating pain and bringing relief to our clients. As such, we often carry out therapies that people may not have heard of or are less familiar with. 

One of these therapies is manual lymph drainage (MLD), commonly known as lymphatic massage. 

Since debuting this therapy, we’ve had several queries from our community about what exactly this massage form looks like, how it helps, and what it can be used for. It is, as it happens, very different from traditional massage therapy, so it’s definitely worth understanding in a little more detail!

What is Lymphatic Massage?

The first thing to note about lymphatic massage, or MLD, is that it isn’t really massage at all. It is a gentle skin technique used to help the lymphatic system remove waste and move lymph that may be stagnant after trauma to the body, such as surgery. Manual lymph drainage works by applying gentle pressure to the lymph vessels located just under the skin. This can stimulate these vessels to work better and help lymph fluid move and to help the body eliminate waste. 

What Is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is a network of lymph vessels acting as the body’s cleaning and refuse service. Lymph vessels help eliminate waste products, excess proteins, and toxins or impurities like bacteria, excess cells. The clear fluid that we describe as lymph is the conduit for the body’s white blood cells, responsible for carrying out the cleaning. 

How Can Lymphatic Massage Help?

MLD is usually used to get rid of build-ups of excess lymph fluid that occur due to trauma, accidents, injuries, or surgery. We see many post-op clients who have developed swelling, bruising or lumpy fibrosis after surgery, and MLD can have a real impact on reducing these symptoms and relieving pain caused by the initial surgery or trauma. MLD can also benefit the body’s immune system by stimulating the lymphatic system and helping it work better, faster, or more effectively. 

Traditional vs Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage is a very different prospect to traditional massage. When we think of conventional massage, we usually think of the Swedish and deep tissue form, using long, kneading strokes to apply pressure to muscles. You might also have deep tissue in mind, focusing on specific areas of tension or pain and getting down to a deeper layer in the body.

Lymphatic massage is far gentler and uses far less pressure. We don’t use oil or lotion, and MLD isn’t targeting muscles at all, but rather engaging, moving, and stimulating the lymphatic network.

While traditional massage can be excellent for relieving muscle tension and encouraging oxygen flow in the blood, MLD is a better option for reducing swelling or recovering from trauma. MLD is also effective at improving the immune system and promoting overall bodily health. 

Healing Kneads Massage

To find out more about what massage is in general and MLD, in particular, might be able to do for you, give us a call!

If you are ready to make an appointment, book an appointment here with one of our therapists. We love helping out anyone interested in knowing more about massage therapy.

Laura is the founder of Healing Kneads. She graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2012 and is passionate about helping people find rejuvenation and renewal amidst the stresses of life, and relief from the pains that show up in their bodies because of that stress. She believes in the mind-body connection and believes every body has the potential for wellness and balance. Laura has helped clients with various issues, including neck and jaw pain, headaches, Lipedema, and Lymphedema.

She is licensed by the Florida Department of Health, and holds certifications in Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, cupping, and neuromuscular massage.

 

What Is Cupping Therapy and How Can it Help Me?

What Is Cupping Therapy and How Can it Help Me?

Cupping therapy is an ancient art, one of the oldest forms of alternative medicine we know of, and an excellent way to find relief through massage. 

Although cupping has been around for thousands of years, practiced by Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures for centuries, it has recently become far more popular in Western medicine and sports recovery. 

So let’s take a look at what cupping actually involves, and how it can benefit you!

The Cupping Process

Cupping has been used by many cultures throughout history, with subtle differences in technique and style. Despite the reluctance of Western medicine to embrace some forms of ‘alternative’ treatment, cupping is now a vital part of many massage therapies. 

Cupping involves a therapist putting special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. This causes blood to flow to particular parts of the body, assisting healing and improving circulation. 

The negative pressure of cupping therapy helps to pull stagnation out of the soft tissues and brings it up to skin level where it can dissipate. This can provide benefits that the compression from manual massage can’t. 

During the cupping process, the cup is placed directly on your body, and suction is formed with silicone vacuum pumps. 

The Benefit of Cupping Therapy

People use cupping for a range of purposes, from helping with pain, inflammation and blood flow, to relaxation and improving well-being as a form of deep-tissue massage therapy. 

Because cupping increases circulation in very targeted areas, it’s a great way to relieve muscle tension and form new connective tissues. This makes it an extremely useful treatment when it comes to athletic performance, and it’s the recovery therapy of choice for Olympians Michael Phelps and Alex Naddour! But regardless of its popularity among elite athletes, cupping therapy goes far beyond soothing post-workout soreness. 

Studies have shown that the healing power of cupping can help with a wide variety of conditions, including: 

  • Shingles
  • Facial paralysis
  • Acne
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Back pain
  • Varicose veins
  • Arthritis

That’s an extensive list of study-backed benefits for one massage therapy!

Does Cupping Hurt?

While the bruises and swelling that appear post-cupping session, the actual treatment is practically painless, and some people actually find the process quite relaxing. Having your skin pulled tight may feel like a bit of an odd sensation at first, but you’ll quickly become accustomed! Bruises usually last for a few days up to two weeks following your cupping session, but the benefits your body will feel are well worth the temporary marks! 

Healing Kneads Massage

At Healing Kneads, we have been performing cupping therapy for a very long time now, and are well-versed in this ancient tradition. Our therapists use specially designed cups to make the experience as comfortable as possible for our clients. Get in touch with us to find out more about this beneficial treatment!

If you haven’t met our incredible new therapist, Thomas Allman. He has a passion for health and healing and has a wonderful massage style that combines Eastern and Western modalities, thanks to his experience as a certified yoga teacher.

Thomas is committed to making every client experience fantastic, going the extra mile to make our clients feel comfortable during every therapy session. As he puts it: ‘massage isn’t something I do to someone, it is something I do with someone.’

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Healing Kneads – we’ll be delighted to help you!

Book your appointment with Thomas today!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Father’s Day and the Power of Intention

Father’s Day and the Power of Intention

As Father’s Day comes around, I’ve been remembering a lot about my dad, and also about the power of intention. About whether what we do is more important than why we do it. And about whether the intentions behind our actions can sometimes change how those actions are perceived.

A lot of these thoughts were prompted by this photo. 

Obviously, at first glance, it is hilarious – a lovely joke that touches on the innocence of children and how they don’t necessarily see the world in the same way we do. 

This little girl just wanted to show her dad how much she loved him. She found what might well be one of his favorite things and wanted to get involved. She put her own stamp on it, and tried to get closer to him by being a part of something meaningful in his life – with hilarious and extremely awkward results!

This is quite clearly not a gift that anyone would want, but the intention behind it is lovely, and the gift of this girl’s feelings towards her dad is precious.

I hope her father wasn’t too angry!

But going beyond the obvious hilarity, this photo is a powerful demonstration of the importance of intention in our interactions with others.

People who love us don’t always get it right. We’re all human, and we certainly aren’t perfect. And sometimes things that we think are great, or just don’t even consider, can be seen as something else entirely by our loved ones.

People we love and who love us often say or do things that we don’t like. I’m sure that I’ve done things in my life to people I care about that they haven’t appreciated, even with the best intentions. 

Sometimes actions and words are hurtful or annoying and can leave us confused, angry, or just sad. But just like this little girl, when we are dealing with people we love and care for, it is always super important to consider intention.

Her intention was not to cause harm. In fact, quite the opposite, she was doing something she thought her dad would love. She was doing the best she could at this time of her life. 

So this Father’s Day, keep intention in mind. Even if you feel disappointed or let down by someone else, remember that they are likely to be trying their hardest and doing their best. Being less harsh on ourselves, and on others, might just be the best gift you can give this holiday.

Give Dad something special this Father’s Day, grab Dad a Healing Kneads Massage gift card!

Laura is the founder of Healing Kneads. She graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2012 and is passionate about helping people find rejuvenation and renewal amidst the stresses of life, and relief from the pains that show up in their bodies because of that stress. She believes in the mind-body connection and believes every body has the potential for wellness and balance. Laura has helped clients with various issues, including neck and jaw pain, headaches, Lipedema, and Lymphedema.

She is licensed by the Florida Department of Health, and holds certifications in Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, cupping, and neuromuscular massage.

 

Benefits of adding Percussive Therapy to your Sports Massage Session

Benefits of adding Percussive Therapy to your Sports Massage Session

If you’ve been on social media or YouTube and looked up a fitness video over the last couple of years, you’ve probably noticed a plethora of hand-held massage guns (percussive instruments) intended to aid athletes in their recovery, from either intense athletic training or just the stress and stiffness from working a 9-5.

Recovery is an important category of a healthy life. Incorporating recovery in your wellness routine helps to contribute to a healthy and happy life, both mentally and physically. It’s also often overlooked aspect of a personal fitness routine. Most weekend warriors and professional athletes are aware of the benefits of sports massage, but what would happen if you blend expert sports massage with percussive therapy?

What is Percussive Therapy? Why should it be part of my recovery?

Percussive therapy is manual therapy using a hand-held device, that is applied to the body part being treated. One difference between manual massage therapy and percussive therapy, is that percussion instruments can reach 60% deeper into the muscle, which provides deeper massage benefits. As you can see, adding percussion to your normal sports massage session can enhance your recovery, and hep you meet your performance goals. Percussion targets treatment areas by reaching deep enough into the muscle to increase the amount of blood flow and oxygen needed for optimum performance. Also, because percussive instruments touch and release the body several times a second, the brain does not acclimate to the stimulation, making the therapy session much more effective.

Benefits of Percussive Therapy:

– Decrease muscle soreness and stiffness, particularly post-activity
– Decrease lactic acid
– Improve range of motion
– Reduce pain in deep tissues
– Stimulate heat, blood flow, and oxygen
– Interrupt pain signals sent to the nervous system

If you’re ready to maximize your performance and enhance your recovery sessions, why not book a sports massage session that incorporates percussion therapy? Thomas Allman, LMT (MA91438) is certified in Sports Massage, and utilizes assistive and passive stretching, percussive therapy, and cupping to help sports-minded clients recover quickly and achieve their performance goals. Sessions can conveniently be done in your workout attire, so that therapy can be done post workout. If you’re serious about your goals, so are we!

How Sports Massage Can Help

At Healing Kneads, we use sports massage on all kinds of athletes, and a wide variety of sports and exercises. It can be used to improve flexibility, prevent injuries, and enhance performance both pre and post-event.

Healing Kneads Sports Massage

At Healing Kneads, we have an incredible new therapist, Thomas Allman, who specializes in sports massage. He has a passion for health and healing and has a wonderful massage style that combines Eastern and Western modalities, thanks to his experience as a certified yoga teacher.

Thomas is committed to making every client experience fantastic, going the extra mile to make our clients feel comfortable during every therapy session. As he puts it: ‘massage isn’t something I do to someone, it is something I do with someone.’

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Healing Kneads – we’ll be delighted to help you!

Book your appointment with Thomas today!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Top 5 Benefits of Stretching for the Body and Mind

Top 5 Benefits of Stretching for the Body and Mind

Stretching is one of the most important things we can do for our body. You might think that stretching is just for runners, gymnasts, and professional athletes, but movement is a vital part of physical health. 

Your body needs to move. We aren’t designed to sit still all day, in an unnatural position, so it is hardly surprising that we end the working day stiff, sore, and aching. Regular stretching can help iron out the kinks and keep your muscles and joints flexible and strong. 

A good stretching routine brings with it a whole host of benefits. So let’s take a look at what stretching can offer you and why you should make it a part of your daily life.

Stress Relief

When we are stressed, our muscles respond. Both physical and emotional stress can result in tightness and soreness in our body, and relieving this can go a long way towards helping reduce the stress itself. Stretching helps you relax, and loosens up tense muscles, making it easier to feel calmer in mind and body.

Better Posture

All too often, pain and stiffness in our bodies is caused by poor posture. Most of us don’t sit properly, lift properly, or even sleep properly, so addressing our posture gently and naturally is super important. Regular stretching is a great way to do this. It encourages better spinal alignment, reduces the symptoms of bad posture, and eases the strain on your body, all at the same time. 

More Flexibility

For some of us, being able to touch our toes might seem like an impossible dream! But regular stretching can help you increase your range of movement enormously. Spending just 10 to 20 seconds light stretching every day is enough to get your muscles and joints moving, and have a noticeable impact on flexibility. 

Increased Strength

Stretching after exercise helps improve blood flow to your muscles, making recovery faster and more effective. A quick post-workout stretch allows you to get more benefits from the exercise itself, improving your strength along with your flexibility. It’s worth noting that stretching is a great way to improve your core strength too, which will improve your balance and control when engaging with many everyday activities.

Helps Mindfulness

You don’t need to go full yoga if you want to achieve a dose of inner peace from your stretches. Stretching offers a perfect opportunity to take stock of your body, concentrate on your breathing and the little aches and pains that you feel, and be a little more mindful. The simple act of taking time out of your daily life to do something just for you is a great way to add tranquility and calm to your routine. For this reason, a stretching session with a professional sports therapist is an excellent way to relax the body and calm the mind. 

Stretching is a simple exercise that everyone can (and should!) do. It helps you to relax and be calm, all while improving your athletic performance AND making day-to-day activities that little bit easier. 

If you aren’t sure where to begin, Healing Kneads offers great, short stretching sessions to help you get started. Get in touch today and we’ll be delighted to help!

Healing Kneads Massage

At Healing Kneads, we have an incredible new therapist, Thomas Allman, who specializes in sports massage. He has a passion for health and healing and has a wonderful massage style that combines Eastern and Western modalities, thanks to his experience as a certified yoga teacher.

Thomas is committed to making every client experience fantastic, going the extra mile to make our clients feel comfortable during every therapy session. As he puts it: ‘massage isn’t something I do to someone, it is something I do with someone.’

Book your appointment with Thomas today!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dealing With DOMS: How to Stop Feeling Sore After Working Out

Dealing With DOMS: How to Stop Feeling Sore After Working Out

There’s nothing like a great exercise session to make you feel energetic and cheerful, but we all know that a powerful workout isn’t without its downsides. No matter how sore or exhausted we feel after a gym class or a run, we know that we’ll likely feel even worse the following morning!

This strong, yet oddly satisfying pain is called DOMS – or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – and it is the bane of all athletes and exercise fans, particularly those who are starting something new.

Working your muscles harder than what they’re used to, or doing different exercises for the first time, causes microscopic damage to the muscle fibers. This is what causes DOMS and makes you feel sore and stiff in the hours (or days) following your workout.

DOMS can feel pretty awful, but it shouldn’t put you off your exercise routine! The answer to post-workout soreness is a good sports massage. And we don’t know about you, but any excuse to spend a little more time on the massage table is fine by us!

How Sports Massage Can Help

At Healing Kneads, we use sports massage on all kinds of athletes, and a wide variety of sports and exercises. It can be used to improve flexibility, prevent injuries, and enhance performance both pre and post-event, and best of all, it offers significant relief from DOMS!

Because DOMS is a natural part of strenuous exercise, it can be a difficult obstacle to overcome. But a good sports massage performed by a specialist is one of the best ways to minimize that post-workout soreness. It encourages the muscles to relax, reduces pain, aids your recovery, and helps your muscles rebuild.

The Best Techniques for Dealing With DOMS

Passive Stretching – Passive stretching is essentially assisted stretching. This is where the massage therapist uses specific techniques to increase mobility and flexibility of a muscle, or group of muscles. It is low impact and can be hugely beneficial in gently reducing soreness and relieving stress. Workout clothes can be worn during stretching sessions, which makes them perfect for those who are a little nervous about visiting a massage clinic for the first time.

Percussive Therapy – Percussive therapy sounds like it might be painful (it uses a massage ‘gun’!), but it can in fact alleviate the pain you’re feeling post workout. Percussive therapy uses rapid bursts of pressure on the affected muscles to encourage blood flow, speed up the recovery process, and reduce tension and inflammation. It’s an extremely effective and popular choice for those who experience regular soreness and stiffness after exercise. 

Deep Tissue Massage – Deep tissue massage treatments, like petrissage, kneading, or rolling, can be a great way of staving off the worst effects of DOMS. Warming up the muscles in this way before a workout can help prevent soreness later on.

Healing Kneads Sports Massage

At Healing Kneads, we have an incredible new therapist, Thomas Allman, who specializes in sports massage. He has a passion for health and healing and has a wonderful massage style that combines Eastern and Western modalities, thanks to his experience as a certified yoga teacher.

Thomas is committed to making every client experience fantastic, going the extra mile to make our clients feel comfortable during every therapy session. As he puts it: ‘massage isn’t something I do to someone, it is something I do with someone.’

If you are struggling with DOMS, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Healing Kneads – we’ll be delighted to help you through the frustration of post-workout pain!

Book your appointment with Thomas today!

We look forward to seeing you soon!