Lymph Drainage Therapy

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, of France. Created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system, LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a level of precision consistent with recent scientific discoveries.

Using exacting anatomical science and distinctive manual processes, LDT enables practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the vessels to assess overall circulation and determine the best alternate pathways for draining body-fluid stagnations.

Therapists work with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results can be:

  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
  • Anti-aging effects
  • Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
  • Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue

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Support and Reference Materials Available:
Silent Waves: Theory and Practice of LDT


Brain Therapy

This advanced-level curriculum takes us to the next realm of manual therapy. It explores the brain, spinal cord and related pathologies such as closed-head injuries, whiplash, headaches, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, cognitive behavioral dysfunctions, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Students will learn specific techniques to release brain-centered restrictions as well as the damaging effects that these restrictions cause. These are advanced classes that use a slightly different paradigm by working extensively with the brain parenchyma, grey and white matter, cranial and spinal nerves and vascular structures rather than mainly on cranial bones and membranes.

The body often aligns itself around these precise structures and they are frequently unaddressed key/primary tissue restrictions.

This work requires perceptual skills to address tissue microstructures, and we will have specific exercises in the class to help build up these skills. This class will propose different ways to release these structures, and once learned, you will understand how these structures are repeatedly one of the most important and yet least often addressed component of somatic dysfunctions.

For that reason, the techniques you will learn in this class can probably help most of your patients, but it will specifically help any brain and spinal related pathologies including closed head injury, whiplash, headaches, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, cognitive behavioral dysfunctions, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, post-meningitis syndrome, dementia, post-polio syndromes, birth difficulties or trauma, feeding difficulties, etc.

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