Synergy Massage News

Now Offering Lymphatic Massage

Category Resources, Updates.

Lymphatic massage is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that can have a powerful effect on the body. Originally developed in France by Emil and Estrid Vodder in the 1930s, the techniques are now taught and practiced around the world by certified practitioners to assist lymph flow, boost immunity and aid in tissue drainage, and improve overall health. Today, it is the most prescribed physical therapy in Germany and is widely known throughout Europe.
With the technique, skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner to promote or redirect lymph flow for various areas of the body. When performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, the technique may greatly enhance tissue recovery and facilitate drainage.
Lymphatic massage is recommended for the following conditions:
  • chronic venous insufficieny (poor circulation)
  • lymephedema
  • lipedema
  • scars or poor tissue healing
  • cancer recovery (raditiation, chemotherapy, surgery)
  • pre/post surgical recovery
  • headaches, whiplash, concussion
  • migraines
  • neuropathies & arthralgias
  • chronic sinusitus
  • digestive issues
  • chronic swelling, inflammation, or pain

Amanda Porcheron RMT is certified by the Vodder School in Manual Lymphatic Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy. Book a Lymphatic Massage session with Amanda HERE.

Abdominal Breathing Exercise

Category Excercises, Resources.

breathingWe all know that breathing is important, but many of us don’t give it much thought. All too often, we get stressed, we stiffen up, and end up breathing high in our chests. This chest breathing or apical breathing can then make us feel more stressed and causes excess tension in our neck and shoulders. Proper diaphragmatic breathing can slow the heart rate and relax the nervous system. Deep breaths also improve our thoracic mobility and increase lymphatic drainage. Slow, rhythmic breathing will help regulate the flow of oxygen and CO2, slow the heart rate easing anxiety and ensure your circulation is carrying the optimum amount of nutrients around the body.

How it’s done

This can be done lying down or sitting. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there throughout the entire exercise. Take a slow deep breath (to a count of 4 or more) in through your nose expanding your diaphragm and belly. Fill your abdomen first and then expand into your chest. Hold your breath for a couple of seconds. Your shoulders should not raise up. Exhale to the same count. Repeat for a cycle of 10 breaths or more.

The “Fuzz” Speech by Gil Hedley

Category Resources, Stretches.

Many people ask us what happens to their tissues when they are stuck and won’t move. Others wonder how important stretching really is. Some just want to know what fascial tissue is. Check out the fascinating “fuzz” speech by Gil Hedley. Hopefully it helps shed some light on your inner workings and encourages you to keep moving and stretch out that fuzz.