The Lauren Berry Method® of Manual Lymphatic Drainage
This class focuses on returning balance to the body's hydraulic system.
More and more the therapeutic world is recognizing that a balanced 'gut' is important.
Headaches? Constipation? Mystery pains?
That is where we begin.
The Berry Method® of Manual Lymphatic Drainage is an incredibly efficient and effective (seems 'magical' sometimes) procedure for maintaining lymphatic 'balance'. One of the reasons for its amazing effectiveness is Lauren's whole body approach and the techniques for addressing the interrelated hydraulic components.
The Lauren Berry Method® Lymphatic Workshop can assist therapists to not only recognize dysfunctions in the lymphatic system, but also gain the skills necessary to correct the dysfunction and immediately incorporate these protocols into their practice and utilize your techniques immediately. :-)
"Work smarter, not harder."
The goals of this course include:
The lymphatic system influences healthy functions throughout the body.
(Folks, this is a good example of why I'm in this trade.?)
Thank you, Lauren.
The body is approximately 70% fluid.
Lauren's 'body of knowledge' recognizes and respects the body's fluid systems.
When manually addressing the body as a fluid system, hydraulic principles become applicable.
This 13 hr advanced bodywork/massage class focuses on Lauren's unique approach to manual lymphatic drainage. These procedures respect and respond to the hydraulic and structural components within the Lymphatic system and can aid in reducing the symptoms of colds, constipation, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, altitude sickness and pneumonia. The healthy functioning of the lymphatic system is vital to the body's ability to function at peak performance and continue its ongoing maintenance and repair requirements. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in moving fluids, regenerating tissue, filtering out toxins, and aids the body in maintaining a healthy immune system. When lymph circulation is compromised, toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is diminished. This can often be a major component within many physical ailments.
Note: This class includes Lymphatic drainage techniques that do not require oil, simply an educated touch.
From David William's Alternatives Newsletter. Scroll down to his info on the Lymphatic system.
Dr. David G. Williams -- ALTERNATIVES -- v6 n1, July 1995
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Class - 13 CE Hrs
Techniques for stimulating healthy lymphatic include:
The science of anatomy reveals that the walls of the colon contain microscopic lymph vessels which combine into larger vessels that empty into the cisterna chili, which is a central lymphatic pool located in the abdomen. Lymph from the small intestines, back, and lower body also empties into the cisterna chyli. The cisterna chili is the origin of the thoracic duct, which travels up the body and connects with the bloodstream slightly below and to the left of the base of the neck. Through the thoracic duct, lymph from all parts of the body, except the right arm, empty into the bloodstream. Most physiology textbooks state that the lymph flows only in one direction - away from the colon and other tissues, into the cisterna chyli, and from there back into the bloodstream through the thoracic duct. How then can we account for the large amounts of a pale mucoid substance subject to be present in the colon after lymph drain massage or skin brushing?
In my research to answer this question, I discovered three scientific facts:
First, a Dr. Olszewski of Poland has observed with the use of scientific instruments that the kind of stimulation to body surfaces provided by skin brushing does, in fact, stimulate the flow of lymph.
Second, the lymph can and does undergo retrograde flow, which is a flow in the direction opposite to that which is considered normal.
Third, a particular type of retrograde flow called chylous reflux has been observed wherein lymph flows from the cisterna chyli back into the colon or other body tissues. Chylous reflux to date has only been medically observed when the body is under the stress of disease. This is not surprising, however, because medical science concerns itself on with disease states."
"The Colon Health Handbook" by Robert Grey
There is a fine line separating the Lymph and Interstitial fluid. Both of these fluids bathe and surround the body's cells. This approach addresses both ...several of my clients that receive this refer to it as their annual 'OIL CHANGE'.
From a client that used the self-help 'Breast Drain' as taught in this class.
(you will be shown how to teach your client to do this on themselves).
“This is how I understand the doctor's comments to me and also my own observations. Years and years of lumpiness and tenderness seem to be a thing of the past, and it didn't take very long for that change to occur. In the meantime, by all means share that information, I have done so with my daughters. And, again, thank you very much for the original information.”
There are several approaches to working with the Lymphatic system via massage.
Comments I often hear concerning other approaches are:
Other training's often seem overwhelming with technical information.
Yes, I also present technical information; my experience has been that spending toooo much class time in that component often clog up thinking process and detracts from true learning. Our 2-day focus is learning and understanding the principles and protocols, you can go further into the technical details as you continue with your practice. The handout supplies extensive information that can serve you in that respect.
You will be guided through the visceral work. This technique understands that for the lymph to flow, it needs a place to FLOW TO!!!
Light touch? I have not studied or practiced techniques that set absolute boundaries on pressure; my goal is to apply pressure suitable to the body's needs. Affecting the lymphatic drainage down to the periosteum's requirements (in my humble opinion) are not adequately achieved with a feather-like touch. Likewise, it does not require heavy pressure to stimulate lymphatic drainage through the thoracic region. Lauren often reminded us:
'Don't give a little old lady a truck driver treatment'!!!
Each time I teach this class, I receive feedback similar to this:
"Thank you for coming and teaching the Upper Body Lymph class on Saturday.
I did a session with my 87-year old mother on Sunday.
She said that she was constipated.
Well, a few hours after the treatment she began eliminating and continued into Monday.
Wow! It worked!"
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