Lymphatic Drainage Massage
(for clients with Cancer or Oedema) Course (CAMASS1)
This 2-day (running consecutively) 'Lymphatic Drainage Massage' course was formulated for qualified Massage/Aroma-therapists working in the field of Cancer-care. It was prepared by one of our principals and has the unique perspective of her experiences with malignant melanoma - and those of her husband with squamous cell carcinoma.
Clients with a compromised lymphatic system require a specialised massage approach. Whether the cause be a sports injury, surgical intervention following cancer or a generally sluggish lymphatic system, this course will enable you to work with such clients effectively and with confidence.
You will learn the technique and how lymphatic drainage is applied, how and why it works and how to adjust your treatments for clients who have experienced any surgical intervention.
For Aromatherapists or Massage Therapists.
Please note that there are circumstances where we accept lay-people on this course - please ask for details
This Course is also available as distance-learning.
Studies commence at 10.00 a.m. and finish at 5.00 p.m.
On this Lymphatic Drainage Massage Course the tutors intend to dispel many myths about massaging people with cancer and to impart hard-won knowledge to those wanting to support people in their battle with this disorder. It is predominantly 'hands-on' training and, as such, consists mainly of practical work.
Please note that the techniques shown are also used to great effect with oedema, stretch marks during pregnancy, scars, venous & arterial ulcers, lack of energy, sluggish immune-systems, sport-injuries, tissue-regeneration, puffy facial tissue and anywhere where the lymphatic system needs a little help.
Topics addressed during the Course include:
- Myths: what are they?
- Importance of Massage for People with Cancer
- The Lymphatic & Immune System
- The Importance of Touch
- Cautions & Contra-indications
- Massage: limitations and boundaries
- Clients' Record-sheet
- pH Testing
- Pulse synchronisation
- Full-body Massage sequence
- Lymphatic Drainage Massage
- Castor Oil Compresses
- Adapting massage to different situations
Please note: This course is a Post-graduate qualification course, during which the student is assessed for competence.
Certificate of Qualification awarded to successfully completing Students
Many Associations accept our courses for CPD including the IFPA (12 Category A Points).
"Lots of information, clearly given".
"Good structure. Loads of experience and knowledge".
"Very patient tutor".
"Very good course, learnt a lot, enjoyed the massage routine".
"The tutor is very enthusiastic and positive, inspires confidence".
"A compassionate and knowledgeable tutor with excellent teaching skills".
"Very informative and enjoyable presentation. Generated excitement and motivated students".
"Enjoyed the content - have learnt so much. Very good course. Tutor was excellent, very approachable. Helpful - a light shining through the fear and ignorance of cancer, giving me confidence to help others - and - learning more besides."
'I use the lymphatic drainage techniques, that I learnt with you, all the time with great results both for oedema and simply loosening the fascia before any other treatment. I am beginning to appreciate the lightness of touch over the heavy hand!'
Submitted by a Therapist:
Lady, 40 years, highly stressed. Generalised oedema and cellulite, particularly in the legs. Overall picture of being on overdrive for most of her life, leading to adrenal exhaustion, hormonal imbalance, the balance of starling being affected and resulting oedema. History of urticaria, anaphylactic shock (from adrenal depletion).
Lymphatic drainage massage was performed prior to any aromatherapy massage, which then included alternating blends of vetiver, geranium and grapefruit, or helichrysum, geranium and sweet orange, or cedar wood (atlas), juniper and sweet orange, in grape seed, jojoba and carrot carriers.
I wanted to test the results utilising both types of massage together and in isolation. The results attained for the lymphatic drainage in the legs were substantially increased when either using the lymphatic drainage in isolation or in combination with the aromatherapy massage. My client was definitive that from her own experience, the lymphatic drainage was reducing the oedema more effectively than the aromatherapy massage alone.
My client repeatedly had to interrupt her treatment to empty her bladder. This confirmed, for me, the effectiveness of the treatment with this client. If only performing the aromatherapy massage, the lymphatic drainage results were not as pronounced.
Because of the overall picture of my client I chose to continue using both disciplines together, always beginning with the lymphatic drainage. I conclude that, for this case, the lymphatic drainage technique facilitated the draining of the initial lymphatics. By following with an aromatherapy massage, the deeper lymphatics were then stimulated to assist the drainage further.
Feedback submitted by a Client:
When someone whispers, or speaks quietly, you have to listen with intent, and concentrate more, so you don't miss what they are saying- Your technique, felt similar, in that when you work in a way that is profoundly gentle, the body switches on more intensely, and listens carefully. With inviting the body to experience, more fully, what the hands are offering- this "seems" to flick a "switch", connecting to more energy/cells/atoms, so beautifully, that deeper healing can take place, where previous techniques, might have failed to connect.