SelfMLD is an educational series designed to help you understand and improve your health through the proper self-care of your lymphatic system
Our bodies are forever under the strain of exposure to the environment, our food, water, and the air we breathe. Stress, worry, and stagnation in these uncertain times can also take their toll. The last few years has taken a toll on everyone! Stressors to the body can cause systemic inflammation and toxin build-up, which can then lead to disease and premature aging.
As the quote to the right describes, the immune system is THE single biggest factor in fortifying our health. The building blocks of our health lie within the efficient functioning and vibrancy of our immune system. Our immune system is responsible for defending our body against everything from the common cold and flu to the ravages of cancer. Not enough can be said for protecting this vital system for living and enjoying a long robust life.
In these difficult times, when we are worried about our health and the health of our loved ones, we need to understand that our health is clearly in our own hands and it becomes more and more important to learn how to heal ourselves.
Many of my in-person clients start down the proverbial internet rabbit hole after hearing that taking care of the lymphatic system is a good thing. They then tell me that they become very confused by the plethora of information that they find. They try to piece together a protocol, not knowing all the parts of the puzzle.
They ask their doctor, and unfortunately are very disappointed when their doctor is dismissive or clueless about how to advise them moving forward in the care of their lymphatic system and immune health. You see, the mainstream medical community is all about putting out fires. Not all, but most medical providers think in terms of (pill, shot, surgery). Their skills do not lie within the realm of prevention and holistic healing.
I live in a part of the country that has a large winter visitor population. My clients tell me many stories of trying to find a competent Lymphatic Therapist in their general vicinity. For some, the travel times of 2 hours plus, deter them from getting services. I have many clients who see me during their winter stay and do not get services the whole time they are in their hometowns. If I had a nickel for every time I have been asked to move to the Midwest somewhere...I could retire.
What I strive for in my in-person education as well as my intention in this online class is to share enough of the medical and physical function of the lymphatic system to help you get a strong understanding of the lymphatic system, without getting lost in the minutiae and confusing medical jargon as well as not brushing over the important things to know. I also wanted to make sure that the protocol was complete without making it complicated. I strive to always KISS (keep it simple silly), and what I have created is what I feel is the perfect combination. I hope you feel the same way.
The information in this class is what I teach my clients every day. This class was put together by me. I am not a videographer and I am not a slick marketing professional. I wanted to keep this class simple and inexpensive to reach as many people as I can. Please know that my sincere wish is that you will find this class a great tool to put in your toolbox on your path to better health.
I have spent my whole adult life in the healing arts. I have always been a person with the heart to serve. This is the intention of this online class. I was driven to complete this class to provide people around the world with another tool to increase their level of health.
I will explain in straightforward language why taking care of the lymphatic system is an amazing self-care technique that will go a long way to improving and sustaining your health. It is great to learn how to do something, but I find that when someone takes the time to explain to me WHY I am doing something, I am more inclined to follow through. When we understand how the body works the way it does, and how we are responsible for our self-care, we can share this with our loved ones to help them nurture and protect their health.
You need to speak to your doctor or a professionally trained lymphatic therapist in person before implementing any of these techniques if you have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions.
Having any of the above conditions does not exclude you from doing Self-MLD, however, you need to be cleared to prevent any adverse effects.
***You are NOT a candidate for this class if you have either of the conditions below***
***MLD for either of these conditions can result in too much fluid being moved, and danger for your health***
Let's be real, if you don't have a vibrant immune system, you don't have good health. If the last couple of years have shown us anything, it has shown us that the difference between health and sickness, life and death, is the ability of our immune system to fight off deadly pathogens (viruses, bacteria, cancer). Our immune system is responsible for defending the body.
The lymphatic system is the body system that primarily supports and creates the immune system. It is the first line of defense as it transports a multitude of harmful substances out of the body. When the lymphatic system is sluggish, our immune system can become compromised, leaving us open to disease.
There are over 80 recognized autoimmune disorders. They attack many different body parts and systems, but the one main thing that they have in common is the nastiness of inflammation. There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the kind you get when you injure yourself, like a sprained ankle. When we injure ourselves, the body responds with extra fluids and nutrients to feed the cells and heal the body. That is a good thing. The problem lies with chronic inflammation. The body needs oxygen to heal and thrive. When there is chronic inflammation, an overabundance of fluid, the cells can not breathe and heal.
I have found in my private practice that when I work with clients that have autoimmune disorders, relieving that extra fluid helps with their symptoms. They feel lighter, their pain resolves, they sleep better, they have better digestion, etc. Manual lymphatic drainage does not cure their disorder, however, life is easier when the symptoms are kept at bay.
Some people are experiencing longer than expected residual symptoms from getting and recovering from the recent major illness that is making their life a challenge, coining the term, Long Hauler. And on the flip side, some people are experiencing residual symptoms from receiving the recent vaccine.
When our body is exposed to external forces such as an illness or an injection of something into our system, our body's response is to remove the antagonist, and create healing. This healing process creates inflammation, and inflammation can create more illness. It can be a vicious cycle.
Self Manual Lymphatic Drainage can not heal the body of these residual symptoms, however, it can help remove the inflammation, toxins, and antagonists to allow the immune system to heal the body. My in-person clients are seeing a relief of their symptoms and with this program I know you can too.
The big word that everyone talks about is detoxification. It is a very important concept when promoting health. Toxins can compromise many bodily systems, and they can create inflammation all over the body. Toxins can be responsible for weight gain, or the inability to lose weight. They can lead to premature aging, a reduction of energy production, and lower your protection against oxidated stress. Failure of these body functions can increase your risk of diseases, like Cancer.
Choosing to engage in a detox protocol is a smart thing. However, if your lymphatic system is sluggish, it is harder for the body to expel the toxins in an efficient, timely manner. The lymphatic system is the primary toxin neutralizer of the body. The more efficient the lymphatic system moves, the quicker those toxins can find a way out of your body, and the quicker you will restore better health to all your body systems.
Lymphedema is a disorder of the lymphatic system. When the lymphatic system is disrupted as when someone has lymph nodes removed due to surgical intervention such as cancer, or from organic dysfunction, lymphatic fluid can become stagnant and create swelling of the tissues. When not addressed, this fluid can get out of control, create distress in the tissues which can lead to loss of mobility in the area of the lymphedema, and skin infections that if not treated can result in debilitating illness.
Manual lymphatic drainage is a great tool for managing this condition. Although most insurance companies will reimburse for lymphatic services, therapists in hospitals and rehab facilities have started opting out of doing Manual Lymphatic Drainage to save time, to make their quotas for the month. But if asked, they would admit that they leave a huge piece of the puzzle out, by not doing a full treatment. Using this self protocol could be the difference in having a complete treatment session.
Lipedema is an actual fat disorder. Most doctors are not aware of this disorder and therefore diagnose their clients wrongly. Lipedema affects 11% of the female population and it is hereditary. It is also a hormone-driven condition that can start at puberty, get worse at childbirth, and at menopause. Women who have this disorder are characterized by having a thinner upper body and being disproportionately larger in the butt, hips, and legs.
You ask how lipedema is associated with the lymphatic system? Well, the superficial lymphatic system lays within the adipose (fat) tissue. The fat tissue can and does stress out the lymphatic system not allowing fluid to exit the tissues creating swelling (lymphedema). Manual Lymphatic drainage supports and helps the disorder, to support the legs.
When the vein valves in the legs improperly function it can cause a backup of fluid in the legs. Technically this is not lymphedema, however, Manual Lymphatic Drainage can greatly improve fluid retention. This is a condition that if not managed, can get out of hand causing skin changes, and possibly skin ulcers and cellulitis.
Having any surgical procedure done puts the body in a state of acute inflammation. Manual Lymphatic Drainage helps move the fluid out of the tissues so healing can happen quicker.
Manual lymphatic drainage for post-cosmetic surgery (lipo, fat transfer, etc) can help with pressure, pain, bruising, scar healing, and an overall feeling of lightness. Many knee replacement patients find that using MLD helps with the common leg swelling that happens right after the surgery, and long after healing has happened.
We all know the discomfort that comes with a heavy workout. The discomfort of the lactic acid can make you walk funny, retain fluid, and feel sluggish, which is not a lot of fun. But recent studies have shown that manual lymphatic drainage can reduce the lactic acid that builds up in the muscles. It can reduce post-workout swelling, and can improve the regenerative process.
Manual lymphatic drainage can also help with the appearance of cellulite by releasing trapped fluid in the areas underneath the skin.
Certified Lymphatic Therapists are getting a bit easier to find, but are still a rare breed of therapist. In most states, insurance will not pay for lymphatic drainage, or general lymphatic care unless there is a diagnosis of lymphedema. And as I eluded to above, manual lymphatic drainage is a low priority for therapists that work at hospitals and rehab centers. If these therapy places would even see you for general lymphatic detox, which they won't, their cash price would be so high, that not many people could afford it.
More and more licensed massage therapists are taking advanced classes to help fill in the gaps between what hospitals charge and what insurance will pay for. However, I have seen private therapists charge from $70 for a half-hour to $125 for an hour. That can still be a lot of money for some people, considering that to get the body started, multiple sessions are recommended. Again, most likely cheaper than paying cash at the rehab facilities, but still too much for many people. Having a solid SelfMLD protocol to follow just makes sense.
How the course works and what to expect
A bit about your instructor. My background, education, training, and experience
Why I put this class together
What MLD can do for you, and who it can help
The three main parts of the lymphatic anatomy
The makeup of lymphatic fluid
How the lymphatic fluid functions
What to look for in a lymphatic therapist if you have access to one, to get the best results.
Multiple methods of moving lymphatic fluid that you can do on your own, besides self-MLD
The multiple components to the Self-MLD protocol
The fine art of deep diaphragmatic breathing (belly breathing)
Accompanying live-action video demonstration
Position of the supraclavicular nodes
Position of the axillary nodes
Position of the inguinal nodes
The best rate, rhythm, and pressure for maximum stimulation
Accompanying live-action video demonstration
Anatomy of the superficial lymphatic system
Discussion of MLD skin technique
Accompanying live-action demonstration
A wrap up of and a list of the credits that I used during the class
You will also be given information to access a private Facebook Group to ask any questions you may have about the class.. AND BONUS access to an exclusive 60 minute Yin Yoga sequence that targets the lymphatic system.
This interactive Facebook group will give you the opportunity to ask questions of the instructor, give feedback, and connect with others who are working on their own health journey.
Access to an amazing one of a kind Yin Yoga sequence that will specifically target the lymphatic system while leaving you relaxed and centered.
My entire professional life has been one of service. My passion in life is to help people understand how their body functions and how they can heal themselves. Knowledge is power. We should all be empowered with the ability to heal ourselves.
I have been helping people with their health for over 30 years. I worked 13 years as a back office medical assistant working closely with physicians and 19 years as a massage therapist. 7 of those years I worked as the lead massage therapist in the oncology and lymphatic fields at Cancer Treatment Centers Of America, Goodyear AZ.
Since 2013 I have been treating and educating clients about their lymphatic system, I have been in private practice since 2016, and I am now branching out to help more people take control of their health.
Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
I have been a nurse for over 15 years. I took this class as I was having cosmetic surgery done and my surgeon told me that lymphatic sessions would help in my recovery. This class has given me knowledge that I never received in school. I'm wondering what else they didn't tell me. The self protocol really helped me manage my post surgical progress perfectly. I'm so grateful for this class. --CW
Catherine is great. After signing up for the class, I had a few questions about my specific condition. I contacted her directly, and she was so generous with her time and expertise. I got my answers and the class was just what I needed. --AN
Catherine is amazing, such a wealth of knowledge. She is a great teacher. I feel so much better equipped to manage my health. --PT
Catherine is very knowledgeable in the field of Lymphatics! I have learned so much about how the system works and how I can assist it getting healthier. The home protocol works great. I never knew. --JP
After taking this class I realized that I didn't fully understand the lymphatic system with the information that I had gathered across the internet. I have a strong grasp now. Catherine explains it clearly and the protocol is so easy that I can do it everyday. --MT
My Naturopathic doctor suggested I see a lymphatic therapist. The closest therapist was 2.5 hours away and booked out 3 months. I found this class and feel confident that I am able to do this for myself at home. It was a lot cheaper than going to a therapist too.--PS
This class is normally $140, however, I want to make this health tool as affordable for everyone as possible. We have been through horrible stress and illness. Our health is so important!!
This class includes 365 days of access to a complete, simple protocol that will allow you to take charge of your immune system and your health. It also comes with a
7-day MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
If you have finished the class, and do not believe it was worth what you paid for it, please let me know and I will refund your money. Why only 7 days? Because I want you to use this class to help you on your path to health.
It will not help you unless you use it.