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Joyce Garcia BS, CLMT, CLDT, BHSP®, CYT
Massage Therapy, Brennan Healing Science® &
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
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Micro current facial rejuvenation

Posted by Colorado Massage Therapy on September 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM Comments comments ()

Micro-current offers an alternative to surgery. They have become one of the most sought-after treatments for sagging skin or a dull complexion, and may be especially effective for getting rid of superficial lines and wrinkles. If you are experiencing signs of premature aging, you can effectively get rid of wrinkles, dark patches and other skin problems with the electrical stimulation technology.

Micro-current therapy uses pulsating electrical currents that are extremely low-voltage (millionths of an amp) in order to relieve pain and stimulate healing. It works by delivering impulses of mild electrical currents deep into the skin’s surface. This triggers the healing response because the skin cells sense that the tissues have been injured and the body begins to produce more and more cells in order to heal this ‘injury.’ This then boosts collagen production deep within the skin’s surface and encourages the skin cells to heal and repair themselves naturally as they reproduce to heal the injured site.

Clinical studies show that micro-current face lift procedures trigger the production of amino acids, the body’s natural building blocks which are involved with accelerating cell production and repair. This means that cells can be restored and the body can start producing healthier skin cells in a very short period of time. Many medical studies since the 1980s have focused on the bio-electrical aspect of body cells and the use of electrical currents to stimulate healing reactions. Micro-current therapy is considered safe for people of all ages, but it is not recommended for people who use pacemakers and are intolerable of electromagnetic fields.

Micro-current therapy was first used in the 1980s in the USA to help stroke victims and other people suffering from the partial paralysis of their face, causing it to droop down on one side. Micro-current treatment helped to pull the paralyzed muscles back into position. This effect has now been adapted for use in non-surgical, cosmetic enhancement.

Micro-current face lift procedures and skin treatments are designed for aging skin, but can also be used on younger skin to slow down the aging process. Key benefits of this treatment include:

* Reduction or elimination of fine lines and wrinkles
* Even skin tone
* Tighter, firmer skin
* Reduction or elimination of age spots
* Reduction or elimination of superficial scars
* Drains excess water
* Hydrates skin
* Improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
* reduces symptoms of sinusitis
* ‘shakes loose’ toxins from body

Results vary in each individual, typically, up to 15 sessions, plus monthly maintenance treatments, are required, depending on the desired result. The treatment is extremely relaxing, most of my clients actually fall asleep! And when they wake up, their skin is transformed. Along with the micro-current therapy, collagen eye pads and neck pads are applied to maximize the result. Drink plenty of water afterward, it will have a purifying effect on your system as the fluid washes the toxins from your body. Hero Banner Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act

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 Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act

The Federal law

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) helps protect many women with breast cancer who choose to have their breasts rebuilt (reconstructed) after a mastectomy. This federal law requires most group insurance plans that cover mastectomies to also cover breast reconstruction. It was signed into law on October 21, 1998. The United States Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services oversee this law.


·  Applies to group health plans for plan years starting on or after October 1, 1998

·  Applies to group health plans, health insurance companies, and HMOs, as long as the plan covers medical and surgical costs for mastectomy

Under the WHCRA, mastectomy benefits must cover:

·  Reconstruction of the breast that was removed by mastectomy

·  Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to make the breasts look symmetrical or balanced after mastectomy

·  Any external breast prostheses (breast forms that fit into your bra) that are needed before or during the reconstruction

·  Any physical complications at all stages of mastectomy, including lymphedema

Questions and answers about the WHCRA

Does my insurance provider have to tell me that I’m covered for breast reconstruction under the WHRCA?

Yes. The law also requires that insurance providers notify you of this coverage when you enroll in their plan, and every year after that.

What if my state has laws that require insurers to cover breast reconstruction?

Several states have their own laws requiring health plans that cover mastectomies to provide coverage for reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. These state laws only apply to those health plans purchased by an employer from a commercial insurance company. If an employer is self-insured, state laws do not apply but federal laws do. Federal laws (like the WHCRA) are enforced by the US Department of Labor.

A self-insured (or self-funded) plan is one in which the employer, rather than a commercial insurance company, pays for the insured person’s health expenses. Some employers that self-insure will hire a commercial insurance company to write the checks and track the paperwork, even though the money for the payments still comes from the employer. So it can be hard to tell whether you are in a self-insured or a commercially insured plan unless you ask.

If you are unsure of your plan’s status, ask your employer’s benefits manager. You can contact your state’s insurance department to find out if your state provides extra protection that will apply to your coverage if you are not in a self-insured plan. The WHCRA applies to self-insured plans that aren’t covered by state law and sets a minimum standard to be sure this service is available for all women in every state. This includes states with weaker or no laws covering breast reconstruction.

I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and plan to have a mastectomy. How will the WHCRA affect my benefits?

Under the Act, group health plans, insurance companies, and HMOs that offer mastectomy coverage must also provide coverage for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy. This coverage includes reconstruction of the breast removed by mastectomy, reconstruction of the other breast to give a more balanced look, breast prostheses, and treatment of physical complications at all stages of the mastectomy, including lymphedema (swelling in the arm that sometimes happens after breast cancer treatment).

Are health plans required to give me notice of the WHCRA benefits?

Yes. Both health plans and health insurance issuers are required to tell you about WHCRA benefits. They must do this when you enroll and every year after that. The annual notice may be sent by itself or it may be included in almost any written communication by the plan or insurer, such as newsletters, annual reports, policy renewal letters, enrollment notices, and others. Enrollment notices may even be a phone number or Web address from which to get more information about coverage.

Does the WHCRA affect the amount that my health plan will pay my doctors?

No. The WHCRA does not keep a plan or health insurance issuer from bargaining about amounts and types of payment with doctors. But the law does forbid insurance plans and issuers from penalizing doctors or providing incentives that would cause a doctor to give care that is not consistent with WHCRA.

Did the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect WHCRA?

No. The WHCRA was not changed by the ACA and there are no provisions or regulations that affect it. Health insurance plans that offer mastectomy must continue to offer breast reconstruction.

Do the WHCRA requirements apply to Medicare or Medicaid?

No. The law does not apply to Medicare and Medicaid.

Still, Medicare covers breast reconstruction if you had a mastectomy because of breast cancer. Medicaid coverage varies in each state, so you will have to get this information for your state. (See the section called “To learn more” for contact information.)

Where can I get more information about my rights under the WHCRA?

If you have more questions or concerns, you can contact:

·  The US Department of Labor, which has the WHCRA information on its Web site at, or you can call their toll-free number at 1-866-487-2365

·  Your health plan administrator (a number should be listed on your insurance card)

·  Your State Insurance Commissioner’s office [The number should be listed in your local phone book in the state government section, or you can find it at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners online at If you can’t find the number elsewhere, call 1-866-470-NAIC (1-800-470-6242).]



Inert Gas treatment Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Via Sound

Posted by Colorado Massage Therapy on September 12, 2013 at 10:55 PM Comments comments ()

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 How does Inert Gas Ionization Instruments Work on the Body?

Inert elements have the same amount of protons and electrons so they cannot interact molecularly with any other element thus they remain in their elemental state and do not form molecules. This is what gives them their unique properties (inert). The Inert Gas Ionization Instruments (IGII) high voltage discharge excites the electrons causing these electrons to jump into an outer orbit. When this occurs the atom has to go back to stability or back to its natural state. This return to stability is given off as radiant energy through the transmission head which would be technically called a transducer (transducers change or transform energy). This radiant energy is given off through a combination of light, sound vibrations and through the flow of electrons (also known as ionization) which is discharged into the nearest ground (living body tissue). This effect is far more biologically compatible through the transduction of the Inert Gas Ionization process than say having broadcast at low voltages into metal plates, such as an ultra sound. The reason for this is that inert elements create a buffering effect in the exchange of energy in the ionization of the inert gases rather than the direct RF transmission created by the actual circuitry of the instrument. The effect created by the light & sound vibration and flow of electrons as they are ionized through the transmission head cause a disassociation of the trapped proteins within the interstitium. Trapped proteins in the interstitium hold water and cause swelling and blockage as the thread like vessels swell beyond their capacity, and can no longer effectively pass along the lymph through its normal means of transport in the lymphatic system. Trapped proteins (not to be confused with nutrient proteins) are highly electrical in nature and when they are exposed to the discharging ions in the transmission head they become disassociation and release their bond between themselves then releasing the stagnate lymph.


This allows the lymph vessels to release the excess blocked, stagnate or retained fluid and to flow out into its normal filtration and reabsorption channels.

As we can see the use of a Inert Gas Ionization Instrument in conjunction with the proper therapeutic techniques can provide results far beyond that of manual lymph manipulation or use of tight fitting garments by addressing the trapped and sticky proteins directly.

Please contact us at Samara Programs, INC., (305) 323-1994 and we will be more than happy to arrange a private demonstration for you.

We would also like to show you how the Lymph Drainage XP2™ by Rightway Health and Wellness™, LLC is by far like no other Inert gas ionization instrument (IGII™) on the market. Every aspect of this equipment is optimized to provide the best therapy possible. If you are a practitioner you will appreciate all the design elements of this unique instrument. If you are receiving therapy you will appreciate the attention to detail to make certain your therapy is the most effective and biologically compatible as possible.

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Massage and Cancer: Q&A

Posted by Colorado Massage Therapy on September 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments ()

What is massage?

Massage is an ancient technique that involves moving (manipulating) muscles and rubbing or stroking soft
tissues of the body.

Massage is considered a type of complementary therapy. Complementary therapies aim to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease. They are used together with conventional or mainstream medicine. Complementary therapies are not used instead of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or drug therapy.

While massage doesn’t treat the cancer itself, it may help reduce the side effects caused by conventional treatments and improve quality of life.


Where can I have a massage?

Massage may be offered to cancer patients in some hospitals and hospices. Ask your doctor or nurse if massage is available at the centre where you are having your treatment. Some patients are able to have chemotherapy and a massage at the same time, or you may prefer to have the massage after the treatment has finished.

You can also have a massage from a private practitioner in their own rooms.


What are the benefits of massage?

Scientific studies have been done to show the effects of various body-based practices on people having cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery. These studies have shown that massage may reduce:

  • pain
  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • anxiety and depression.

Massage may also improve sleep, nerve damage (neuropathy), quality of life, and mental clarity and alertness.

Another benefit of massage is reducing lymphoedema, which is swelling in the tissues caused by a build-up of fluid after surgery or radiotherapy to the lymph nodes.

Why do people with cancer use massage?

As well as improving physical symptoms, some people with cancer choose to have a massage because it:

  • makes them feel whole again
  • helps them share feelings in an informal setting
  • makes them feel more positive about their body
  • rebuilds hope.


Is massage safe for people with cancer?

Light, relaxing massage can safely be given to people at all stages of cancer. Tumour or treatment sites should not be massaged to avoid discomfort or too much pressure on the affected area and underlying organs.

Some people worry that massage can spread cancer cells throughout the body via the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, organs and nodes through which lymphatic fluid (lymph) flows. It is part of the body’s immune system. Lymphatic circulation occurs naturally when we move: muscles contract and compress lymph vessels to force the movement of lymph.

Cancer may spread (metastasise) into the lymphatic system via the lymph nodes, or it may start in the lymphatic system itself. However, the circulation of lymph – from massage or other movement – does not cause cancer to spread. Researchers have shown that cancer develops and spreads because of changes to a cell’s DNA (genetic mutations) and other processes in the body.


Research into massage for people with cancer

Several clinical studies show that massage can reduce symptoms such as stress, nausea, pain, fatigue and depression.

A systematic review1 of the studies on aromatherapy and massage for relieving symptoms in people with cancer looked at 10 studies including eight randomised controlled trials. It found that massage consistently reduced anxiety and depression. Massage also helped lower nausea and pain but not as consistently.

A large American study2 published in 2004 looked at the effects of massage therapy on almost 1,300 people with cancer over three years. People in hospital had a 20-minute massage, and people treated as outpatients had a 60-minute session. The study found that overall, massage therapy reduced pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression. The benefits lasted longer in the patients who had the 60-minute session.

Another American study3 of 39 people looked at the safety and effectiveness of massage in reducing stress hormone levels in patients with blood cancer. It randomised people to receive aromatherapy, massage or rest. The study concluded that massage significantly reduced the stress hormone.


1Fellowes D, Barnes K, Wilkinson SSM. Aromatherapy and massage for symptoms relief in patients with cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Iss 4.

2Cassileth BR, Vickers AJ. Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer centre. J Pain Symptom Manage 2004 Sep; 28 (3): 244-9.

3Stringer J et al. Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin. Psycho-Oncology 2008 Oct; 17 (10): 1024-31.

Editorial policy

The cancer information on this website is based on the Understanding Cancer series booklets published by Cancer Council. This information is reviewed and updated every two years or as new information comes to hand. Cancer Council works with cancer doctors, specialist nurses or other relevant health professionals to ensure the medical information is reliable and up to date. Consumers also check the booklets to ensure they meet the needs of people with cancer. Before commencing any health treatment, always consult your doctor. This information is intended as a general introduction and should not be seen as a substitute for your own doctor's or health professional's advice. All care is taken to ensure that the information contained is accurate at the time of publication.

Why use Lymphatic Drainage as an important modality for your patients to implement post surgery

Posted by Colorado Massage Therapy on September 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments ()

Why use Lymphatic Drainage as an important modality for your patients to implement post surgery?

  • LD Therapy may begin soon after surgery with the following results:
  • LD Therapy within 15 to 20 minutes can significantly take down the swelling which results from surgery without any stress to the sutures.
  • LD Therapy encourages lymphatic "fluidity” resulting in pain reduction, detoxification of body tissues by eliminating the build-up of toxins as a result of the effects of medication.
  • LD Therapy Stimulates fluid circulation.
  • LD Therapy stimulates the immune system and helps to prevent post-surgical infections.
  • LD Therapy Improves skin regeneration, accelerated wound healing with fewer complications.


What exactly is Electro-Sound Lymphatic Drainage?


Electro-Sound Lymphatic Drainage is a one hour accelerated method of cleansing and detoxifying the lymphatic system. In a congested lymphatic system, lymph is thick, sticky, stagnant, laden with toxins and unable to circulate and eliminate waste. Lymph congestion and toxicity reduce the electrostatic field of the proteins in the interstitial fluids and contribute to thickening and clumping of lymph. Breaking down congested lymph fluid is painlessly achieved in a two-step process using the XP2.


STEP 1 – While the client rests comfortably on a massage table, we increase electrostatic tension and stimulate lymphatic drainage, by using the XP2 a state of the art high-frequency electro-sound lymphatic

drainage instrumentation. The operating systems of the XP2 are hand-blown glass bulbs containing rare noble gases (argon, xenon, and krypton); it is the combination of these gases that devitalizes bacteria, viruses, etc.

The electric charges stimulate, re-polarize and re-establish ideal frequency and energy of individual cells& tissues and decongest the entire lymphatic system; producing a mild heating effect, increasing circulation, activating lymph, breaking up blockages, detoxifying, and enhancing immunity.

Each session is the equivalent of eight to ten manual lymphatic drainage sessions. As lymph is effortlessly moved through lymphatic pathways the patient is left feeling calm, rejuvenated, with none of the soreness that results from squeezing which is required in manual lymphatic massage.

STEP 2 – Lymph (fat& cellulite) is directed manually along the limbs and torso (always in the direction of the ducts) with two probes of a micro current stimulator on the XP2, delivering a frequency-specific signal. This stimulates the lymphatic system and increases circulation, proper elimination, detoxification, cell nourishment, and boosts the immune system.


Fact:According to research 80% of overweight women have a sluggish lymphatic system.A congested lymphatic system is directly connected to the formation of cellulite because backed up fluid “sticks” to thefat cells. Getting the lymphatic system running smoothly again is the key to easy weight loss and feeling great.

Breast Cancer Lymphedema Management

Posted by Colorado Massage Therapy on September 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments ()

Sometimes, breast cancer patients develop a condition called lymphedema after receiving breast cancer surgery or treatment. CTCA offers a Lymphedema Management Program to help prevent lymphedema and, if it occurs, to proactively manage the condition.

What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition in which excess lymphatic fluid is retained by the lymph nodes and causes swelling in specific areas of the body, usually in the arms or legs.

The lymphatic system plays an integral role in the body’s immune system. This network of vessels and nodes transports and filters lymph fluid containing lymphocytes (white blood cells responsible for fighting infection and disease) from tissues and organs. The lymphatic system also removes harmful substances, such as bacteria, from lymph fluid before returning it to the bloodstream.

What Causes Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery?

The swelling occurs when a blockage in the lymphatic system prevents the fluid from draining adequately. For example, in breast cancer surgery, the removal of lymph nodes from the underarm changes the way the lymph fluid flows within that side of the upper body, making it more difficult for fluid in the arm to circulate to other parts of the body.

While lymphedema can develop in any part of the body, it most often affects the arms or legs. For instance, if lymphedema develops after breast cancer surgery, it can affect the area around the breast and underarm, as well as the arm closest to the surgical site.

Building Your Individualized Plan

Your CTCA breast cancer team will employ techniques to help reduce your risk of developing lymphedema. For example, your surgeon may perform a sentinel lymph node biopsy prior to surgery. This procedure allows your surgeon to determine which lymph nodes need to be removed, while helping to preserve remaining lymph nodes in the axilla.

After breast cancer surgery, your oncology rehabilitation therapist can help you build an individualized lymphedema management plan. This plan combines gentle range-of-motion exercises, massage and education on techniques you can use in your day-to-day life to stimulate your lymphatic system and help prevent lymphedema after breast cancer treatment.

Lymphedema Management for Breast Cancer

Specifically, your oncology rehabilitation therapist may employ one of the following techniques to either prevent lymphedema, or reduce the swelling associated with the condition:

  • Lymph drainage therapy: Lymph drainage therapy is a specialized massage technique designed to activate the pumping action of your lymphatic system. This pumping action reduces and, in some cases, prevents fluid buildup.
  • Le duc manual lymph drainage: Le duc manual lymph drainage employs a combination of manual lymph drainage with multi-layer bandaging and a compression pump, to clear excess lymphatic fluids from your body by activating the pumping action of the lymphatic system.

Read our newsletter for helpful  tips for managing lymphedema during breast cancer treatment.

Other lymphedema treatments may include skin care, gentle massage and light exercises to help stimulate the lymphatic system. Your CTCA care team may also recommend compression bandages, pumps or garments (e.g., sleeves, stockings) to help prevent additional fluid from accumulating in the tissue.

In addition, your care team offers various other supportive therapies to help you feel better as you heal. For example, your pain management practitioner will provide pain control, including suggestions for medications to help reduce inflammation, prevent blood clots and treat infections. Your mind-body therapist can help you cope with the emotional impact of lymphedema by providing counseling and support groups.

How the lyphm system works? Watershed points- benefits for thyroid

Posted by Colorado Massage Therapy on September 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments ()

 Lymph Drainage Therapy via electro-sound


Restore Balance and Health to the Body


Lymph drainage therapy deals with the lymphatic system of the body. The lymphatic system is very closely tied to the circulatory system. The main goal of lymph drainage, or “lymphatic drainage” is to improve upon or restore a drainage and transport system that is impaired or slowed down.


Lymphatic System: What Does it Do?

A brief anatomy and physiology lesson is needed in order to understand lymphatic drainage massage. Once you get a brief picture of the lymphatic system and what it does in the body, even if you don’t memorize everything described on this page, you will be able to begin to see the effectiveness of  lymph drainage therapy.

The lymphatic system is like a watershed. It starts very small in one cell thick vessels just under the skin. These tiny vessels run parallel to the blood vessels. The lymph system has no pump to move the lymph fluid, like the heart pumps the blood.

Manual lymph drainage can increase the rate of lymph drainage in the body by 20 times. Lymphatic therapy is a specialized session to increase this lymph drainage. It is not a normal treatment which mainly massages muscles. The purpose is different.

The tiny lymph capillaries also have no valves in them. Lymph flows in all directions. Therefore, a therapist with the goal of moving lymph in a desired direction can do so in the most beneficial direction. The initial lymph process gathers up the fluid from the interstitial space (gaps between blood vessels and cells), which then builds up in the tiny lymph capillaries.

The capillaries dump the lymph fluid into what is called “pre-collectors”, and then into “collectors”. Pre-collectors are halfway between the tiny capillaries and the collectors. These pre-collectors have some minor one-way valves that move the fluid forward somewhat. The collectors have more distinct one-way valves.

The spaces between the valves of the collectors are called lymphangions. The lymph fluid is moved along by contraction of these (lymphangion ) sections. The body has collectors near the surface of the skin and also deep collectors. Lymph drainage treatment of the surface vessels provides a pumping effect, or suction-like effect, which empties the deep ones, also. The largest lymph vessels are called lymph trunks. They exit into the blood circulation near the heart.


Lymph Nodes

There are around 600-700 lymph nodes in the body. The nodes lie between the collectors and the trunks of the lymphatic system. Each trunk empties the lymph nodes in its region of the body.

The lymph nodes are metabolic waste filters, clearing the body of foreign invaders, poisons and pathogens. The lymph nodes continually produce white blood cells and defend the body against invasion. When you have an invasion, like a cold virus, activity speeds up and a battle goes on in the lymph system, especially the nodes. The white blood cells (called lymphocytes) seek and destroy the viruses or bacteria that have invaded.

Most of the time you can’t feel your lymph nodes. If you can feel a lymph node, it has become enlarged and you can suspect an infection, swelling or a problem of some kind. Many times when you are sick you can feel the swollen nodes in your neck.

If you have a cold or infection you will want to wait until it is over before you receive  lymph drainage treatment, since you want the harmful invaders to stay in the lymph nodes until they are killed by the white blood cells there.



Lymphatic Watersheds

Each lymphatic watershed drains an quadrant of the body. Every node receives lymph from a specific part of the body like a tributary to a river. The left ankle drains to the lymph nodes in the lower left abdomen, for instance. Smaller to larger drainage occurs like mountain water runs down small creeks into bigger creeks until it reaches a big river. These quadrants, however, are not inseparable.

If you have surgical lymph node removal, the lymph fluid that should drain to these missing lymph nodes can be moved by lymph drainage to a different adjoining tributary where lymph nodes are still intact.  Physicians will sometimes teach patients to perform  lymph drainage daily on themselves after lymph nodes are removed.


Fluid Distribution in the Body

Our bodies are composed of three spaces that are fluid compartments:

1. Intracellular space: water in cells which account for 66% of total body water.

2. Intravascular space: blood vessels which account for 9% of total body water.

3. Interstitial space: In between and everywhere else. This accounts for 25% of total body water. Lymph flows through this interstitial space, the space in-between all the cells in our body.

The Lymphatic system drains this interstitial space. This fluid is filtered from the blood into this space, cleaned and filtered back into the blood, constantly keeping a balance of body fluids. If more fluid is filtered into the space than is drained away you, edema occurs in that area.


Opposing Pressures Move Fluid and Nutrients

The purpose of the blood is to bring nutrients to the tissues, and then waste products are taken up and carried away. “Hemodynamics” describes the two opposing pressures that drain water from blood and cells. Those two opposing pressures are osmosis and diffusion.

Plasma proteins travel in the blood to all parts of the body. Some protein molecules are constantly leaving the capillary tissues crossing through the membrane wall into the interstitial space through “diffusion”. Plasma proteins are vehicles that carry important nutritional substances to the tissues and cells of the body.

The lymph carries nearly all the plasma proteins necessary for building cells, such as vitamins and other nutrients, and hormones. It also carries waste products and dead cells. Larger molecules cannot re-enter the blood, therefore transportation by the lymph is vital for health and life.

The protein molecules are big and cannot reenter back into the blood after they deliver their nutrients, because diffusion is a one way street. Therefore these protein need to be returned to the blood by some other means. The most important aspect of the lymphatic system is to carry plasma proteins in this fluid back to the bloodstream.

The lymphatic fluid takes these protein molecules, along with the water that drains into the interstitial space through the lymphatic system, filters it and then back to the bloodstream by the heart. Stimulating lymph movement with lymph drainage in one area can increase the drainage in another. A therapist can push and pull the lymph through the body in a vacuum-like, chain reaction.



Identifying and Fighting Alien Invaders

The nucleus of a lymphocyte (white blood cell) carries DNA which contains the entire blueprint for all our bodily tissues. A healthy lymph system promotes healthy tissue and bodily functions. It also guards against infections.

Through the DNA (blueprint) lymphocytes can tell which cells are “us” and which cells are not part of our body, because those “foreign” cells do not have our DNA. That is how lymphocytes determine which cells to attack as foreign invaders.


New Construction Supplies

Lymph fluid also carries cell building materials to all of our cell tissues. So, good lymph drainage can greatly accelerate the process of building new cells as needed. The lymph system cleans and builds tissues through drainage, but it is also a protection and defense system, producing antibodies to kill viruses and infections. Good lymph drainage promotes recovery from a hard day’s work. For an athlete it can dramatically enhance recovery from a workout or competition.

An average of 35 billion lymphocytes circulate continuously in our blood and lymph every day. This increases up to as much as 562 billion when we are stressed in some way.


It's Not  Massage But A treatment

Lymph drainage therapy via electro sound is not your typical therapy. Swedish, or deep tissue massage, has little or no effect on lymph drainage. The lymph system works just below the skin and deep tissue massage gets deep into the muscle tissue, too deep and forceful to enhance lymph drainage. Therefore, lymph drainage is more of a specific medical, wellness type of massage for a specific purpose.

There are usually no side effects to lymph drainage massage and it is painless. However, if you have any medical conditions, it is wise to consult with your physician first. Anyone with a pacemaker ,pregnant or compromised kidney function should not receive a session . Lymph drainage can affect blood sugars in diabetics. A diabetic should test blood sugars before during and after any session.


If you have cancer, or are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, discuss with your doctor before you have  lymph drainage massage.


Knowing the watersheds and what areas and directions they drain is the most important information in lymph drainage therapy.


The Lymph Drainage Process

The terminus is where the lymph dumps back into the bloodstream near the heart. First the terminus is cleared, and then the lymph drainage massage will start at the nodes to be drained. Then one section at a time the treatment fans out from there.

This movement creates a “suction” action in the lymphatic fluid. The treatment entails very light touch with two glass wands. It is done in specific directions in a specific rhythm speed and sequence. The treatment is done in a circular motion circling toward the nodes.


The Positive Effects

Just about any time anything is wrong with your health the lymph system is affected in some way. If you aren’t feeling good and your immunity is low, speeding up a sluggish lymphatic system could help. When our immunity is low we are more susceptible to viruses or other contagion that’s going around. Lymph drainage can strengthen the immune system.

Normally four ounces per hour of lymph fluid is dumped into the thoracic duct going back to the heart.  Lymph drainage can improve a sluggish system by 8 to 10 times, removing toxins at a more rapid rate. It can reduce scar tissue in victims of injuries, including burns, softening scars and making them more pliable. It keeps the environment around cells healthy and stimulates immune system function for healing of sports injuries, etc.

The University of Brussels did studies showing that lymph drainage decreased cellulite in the body improving and restoring healthy skin. Lymph drainage reduces lymph edema and eases inflammation. It can reduce headaches caused by fluid buildup. Further, as lymphatic drainage treatment works on the sympathetic nervous system it reduces stress and stress hormones.


Healthy Skin

Depressed immunity and poor circulation in lymph can also have an effect on the appearance of your skin. As beauty is “skin deep”, it is also lymphatic deep. Poor lymphatic drainage is a cause of such skin problems as swelling, redness, puffiness, pimples, or dark bags under the eyes. Lymph drainage cleanses the lymph fluid, flushing the lymphatic system allowing swelling in the mucus membranes to be reduced and many problems in the skin to be cleared up. Skin cells wear out and are constantly being replaced by young cells rich with nutrients that leave the blood and pass through the lymph system.


Stops the Pooling and Reverses Stagnation

Stagnation of this water, just like stagnation of a pool of ground water that doesn’t move, soon becomes contaminated and full of wastes. The significance of the health of our cells provided by lymphatic drainage is dependent on the free flow of the fluid.

Lymphatic drainage therapy is not a onetime treatment. Repeated applications in a short period of time are more effective. Then a break can be taken after those sessions, restarting another series of  lymph drainage treatments later on.

Lymph drainage massage helps restore balance to the body, allowing our own natural bodily systems and responses to take over, so the body can heal itself.

Emotions and our Lymph system

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We are born with our lymph systems containing the same lymph fluid as our mother. So we don't start out with perfect lymph, but we have the ability to clean it ourselves until we get older or  have too many experiences with life ----or too many toxins from vaccinations, chemicals, drugs, food coloring, and food preservatives, polluted air and water. This explains why so many younger people are getting ill at an early age--the junk in their mothers lymph system is toxic --due to  the many reasons above. Also, 70% of us started out as twins in the womb, and the debris of the other twin is still in the spinal fluid. THE ONLY WAY TO CLEAN THE SPINAL FLUID IS TO CLEAN THE LYMPH SYSTEM and the instant corrections will do this.  Older people came from mothers with cleaner lymph systems, thats why they are still around.


The spinal cord is very delicate and can be damaged easily from falls and such during our youth and will become weaker and weaker in that area as time goes by. This will cause that area to become 'unplugged' from the 'power strip,' also known as your spinal cord. As other body parts try to cope and work around the disconnection--they become disconnected too.


Our negative experiences with life are also recorded and stored in the spinal fluid, and it becomes weakened and confused. We call this illness, disease and aging.


All our body parts must be reconnected to our mind, brain, spinal cord, and to each other. Our past and current emotions, stress, anxiety, fears, phobias etc must be disconnected and unplugged from the spinal cord in order to detox the lymph fluid. If your mind, brain, liver, bladder and large intestine are not plugged back in---you cannot clean your lymph fluid and things will get worst over time--unless you find some way to do it. I don't know of any other way to do this. Cleanses are good--but they don't reconnect you back up to your lymph system. Also many get sick on cleanses and when using herbs--well thats because they work--BUT if you are already disconnected as most people are---you will 'get sick' and spend a lot of time vomiting and sitting on the toilet--because your lymph system is already over loaded and has no other way to get rid of the toxins. So most back away from the cleanse and hope it did them some good.


The instant results people obtain are from getting the sluggish lymph system to move once again  and communicate with the area. Their lymph is like hardened jello trying to get through a straw. Just how it feels to me--then as we speak it seems to get thin and move faster. I'm not a doctor-all this is just my opinions.


Many people have saved a lot of money  by having these corrections done to the spinal fluid and not the area itself--which would cause more injury swelling and burden on the system.


A injured, swollen arm received a correction to the lymph fluid, not the arm and the pain was greatly reduced in a few seconds.


An infected leg was not treated, but the specific area of the lymph fluid was and the swelling and redness went down while we were on the phone.


In all cases of pain and swelling, the  area was already cut off from the lymph system and became weak or the injury would not have happened, in the first place.  Two people can be in the same car accident and get injured in different places--due to previously weakened areas.


We are taught about medicine in a very backwards way, one example is this: a lady falls down and breaks a hip. The fall didn't cause the hip to break--it broke while she was walking, and that caused the fall.  Had her hip been hooked up strongly to the lymph system, she most likely, would have gotten back up off the floor. Just my opinion.



All problem areas are treated at the specific lymph fluid site, not the area itself. This includes all emotional issues, trauma, anxiety, fear , phobias, etc  I don't have to be on the phone with you to do this. Just think of how many useless surgeries have been done on the specific body areas--when a correction on the specific area of the spinal fluid would have helped instead?


If your kidneys, bladder, liver and large intestine are not strongly connected to the brain and lymph system--you can't clean your own lymph system in a fast way and experience quick results. 


I feel sure this is the way to rejuvenation, once the lymph system is strong again and keeps dumping toxins, the body is free to heal and repair itself.  

Discover this little known weight loss secret

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 According to new research, 80% of all overweight people have    sluggish lymphatic systems. What most people don’t realize is that toxins are stored in the fat in our bodies.  When you lose weight, these toxins are released from the fat into your system.  Now here’s the catch, when your system gets flooded with these newly released toxins, what does your brain do?  It sends a signal to your body to store more fat in order to store the toxins. So the frustrating cycle of losing weight, only to regain the weight, continues.  This is why many of the new, users of fat-dissolving lasers such as Zerona, available on the market today, recommend lymphatic drainage therapy as part of their protocol, because they know, that Lymphatic decongestive therapy is a key factor in the removal of those toxins.

 Joyce Garcia, of Creative Journey Healings, LLC knows this struggle all too well.  After becoming a Lymphatic Drainage Practitioner, she went on to lose 8 lbs, just by receiving lymphatic decongestive therapy.  She has kept that weight off for over 3 years.  Joyce now offers the latest in State of the Art, Electro-Sound Lymphatic Decongestive Therapy, which uses gentle, sound pressure waves and a mild electro-static field, to vibrate and loosen stagnation, thereby assisting in the stimulation and restoration of proper lymph flow. 

You can call Joyce at (720) 583-HEAL (4325) or visit her website



Boost Immunity, trim waistlines and Detox now in Colorado

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Joyce Garcia, certified lymphatic drainage therapist, has opened her practice in Boulder, Colorado Springs and Miami, Fl offering a new modality for detoxification, increased immunity and weight loss that takes a client from sluggish and congested to clear and relaxed.   

            “What draws me to LDT is its profound affect it has made in my life and the lives of my patients. Struggling with congestion, weight gain and over all lack of energy, LDT has helped her client’s clear sinus issues, weight gain, and support healing post op from cancer related surgeries. I get to be part of my patient’s functional medicine team.” said Garcia.

            An LDT session takes about 55 minutes. The patient lies face up and fully draped while Joyce uses the XP2 instrument along the lymph lines in the body.  The sessions are relaxing and most feel clear and refreshed at end of the session. An increase need to void the bladder is common as the body detoxs after a treatment.  Many will feel and see affects right after their first session and are encourage to drink plenty of water to assist in removing toxins from the body. Most profound affects and overall healthy improvements are seen after a series of 5 treatments. According to Garcia the effects of LDT are best when session are once  a week for 5 weeks.

Joyce Garcia CLDT, 720.583.4325 or