Oncology, Relaxation & Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage - Mildura

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Massage services available at Mildura's Mindfully Calm

Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage is a safe, gentle massage technique adapted to suit the individual needs of people being treated for & living with cancer.  Also known as 'Medical Massage'
I am Mildura's only fully trained Oncology Massage Therapist.

Wellness Massage

This is a slow, gentle touch massage.  It works by triggering specific nerve endings in the skin that activates an area in the brain responsible for turning on the body's Relaxation Response.   I also find that this massage technique is an effective tool for learning Mindfulness.

Relaxation Massage

This is the traditional Swedish Relaxation that most people have experienced.  The muscles are warmed and relaxed using the different massage strokes.  

If this massage is still too firm -  I suggest the Gentle Wellness Massage.

Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy

Suitable for people with Lymphoedema; unresolved Oedema and Lipo-Lymphoedema.
MLD is an advanced therapy that encourages the natural process of the lymphatic vessels to eliminate waste products and to boost your body's defenses.

Signature Wellness Relaxation Massage

This Absolutely wonderful healing massage is a deeply relaxing, restorative massage treatment different to traditional Relaxation Massage and provides a total relaxation experience unlike what you have experienced before.

Suitable for everybody this is a good choice for anyone who is sensitive to touch and who finds traditional massage therapy to be too firm.
It is also very effective for a wide range of medical conditions.
The premise behind this mind/body Wellness Massage experience - is that by triggering the 'Relaxation Response' the body can heal and repair itself at the cellular level. Our cells only heal and repair whilst we sleep and whilst we are in a relaxed homeostatic state.

Feeling relaxed isn't just a nice way to feel - it triggers the body's healing capacity.

This massage is a wonderful opportunity to really look after yourself - a calming, healing, deeply relaxing experience that will provide immediate benefits your total health and well being.

My Wellness Massage can benefit people with:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • MS
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Auto-immune Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Other chronic & complex health conditions

Relaxation Massage May Help:

  • triggers the Relaxation Response 
  • improves cellular healing and repairing
  • manage anxiety
  • reduces muscle tension
  • improve circulation
  • increase joint mobility and flexibility
  • improves skin tone
  • improves recovery of soft tissue injuries
  • improve immune function
  • improve digestion
  • enhances feelings of wellbeing
  • reduce sensation of pain

Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage is a specialised form of gentle, safe massage.  It is designed to improve the quality of life for people being treated for, and/or living with cancer.  It assists in alleviating symptoms and side effects caused by cancer, and the treatment for cancer.

Oncology massage is suitable for client during diagnosis, treatment, recovery, survivorship and palliative care.
Research has shown that this massage technique has proven to reduce Pain, Fatigue and anxiety which are common symptoms of cancer and side effects of Oncology treatment.

Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy for people with Lymphoedema; unresolved Oedema and Lipo-Lymphoedema.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy that encourages the natural process of the lymphatic vessels to eliminate waste products and to boost your body's defenses.

How does MLD work?

MLD stimulates the lymphatic system to absorb and transport lymph more effectively which improves tissue health.  It also assists with detoxification and stimulates the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system ( relaxation response).  Dr Vodder says "to put the effect of MLD in a nutshell, it causes body fluids to flow, removes waste products from the connective tissue. rectifies metabolic dysfunction in the interstitium, supports the immune system, balances the nervous system and relieves congestion."

Indications for MLD

  • To improve your immune system
  • Lymphoedema (prevention and management)
  • Lipoedema
  • Oedema reduction

What is Lymphoedema?

"Lymphoedema is an abnormal accumulation of high protein fluid in the interstitium caused by a dysfunctional or damaged lymphatic system."

"A high protein oedema which develops when a reduced lymphatic transport capacity is overwhelmed by  a normal lymphatic load resulting in stagnation of protein rich fluid in the interstitial tissues"

International Society of lymphology ISL definition (2003)

Lymphoedema is characterised by:

  • Swelling
  • changes in skin and tissue texture
  • vulnerability to infection
  • chronic low level inflammation

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is the network of vessels through which the lymph drains back to the blood. The main components of the lymphatic system are lymph, lymph nodes, lymph vessels, thymus, and the spleen. The fluid which circulates throughout the body is called the lymph. The tissue fluid that is drained to the lymphatic system is called the lymph. The lymph is rich with lymphocytes, which are the immune system cells. The lymph that is formed in the digestive system contains a lot of fat and is called chyle. The chyle is a milky white fluid. The lymph vessels carry lymph around the body. The lymph nodes are the small, bean-shaped organs, which filter harmful substances. They contain lymphocytes and macrophages as well. The major lymph nodes occur in tonsils, neck, groin, armpits, adenoids, and mediastinum. A swollen lymph node indicates a reaction to an infection. The maturation of the T cells occurs in the thymus. The thymus is located between the breastbone and the heart. The spleen is located in the upper left abdomen. It filters the defective red blood cells. 

The lymphatic system cleanses the cellular environment. It drains the proteins and tissue fluid back to the circulation system. It also absorbs fat and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and drains to the blood. Finally, the lymphatic system is involved in the defense of the body from  pathogens.  Difference Between Lymphatic and Immune System Lakna Panawala (2017)


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