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Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Help Your body to heal-more quickly from injuries, surgical trauma, chronic conditions, and edema. We specialize in Lymphatic Massage Therapy throughout San Diego.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is characterized by swelling and fluid accumulation in the head, arm, leg and/or trunk. Kokua Bodywork specializes in management of lymph disorders.

The first signs of lymphedema are: Heaviness, Aching, Burning, Stiffness, Tight clothing or jewelry.

What Causes Lymphedema?

Surgery, Trauma, Radiation, Lymph Node Removal, Chronic venous problems and heredity. Because early treatment is crucial, it is imperative that individuals in high risk situations understand the symptoms and implications of lymphedema.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Technique and History of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage known as MLD

Yvonne is trained in the Vodder Method used in medical settings and clinics around the world.

The Vodder Method is a highly respected lymphatic massage therapy technique. The originators of this technique are Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid Vodder who successfully began treating patients with swollen lymph nodes from colds. Dr Vodders method was first made known to the public in 1935.

Today Dr. Vodders method or “manual lymph drainage” is used to treat many conditions that respond favorably to this therapeutic massage.

Indications for MLD include post traumatic and post surgical edema, oncology MLD, lymphedema, autoimmune disorders, neurological, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine and sinus headaches, cellulite, pregnancy edema, Lyme disease, diabetes, inflammation, follow up for deep tissue work, and wellness treatments to enhance immunity, reduce stress, and enhance immune function.

In today’s world we are exposed to toxins in our food, EMFs, and countless environmental toxins, as well as stress. The lymphatic system acts as a natural waste management system and poses immunological functions. Manual Lymphatic Drainage promotes lymph formation and encourages lymph drainage to keep the lymphatic functioning optimally.

MLD or Manual Lymphatic Drainage also Calms the nervous system thus reducing the body’s stress response.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

  • Removes metabolic waste, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules, and foreign substances from the tissue. Through its gentle rhythmic hand movement: alleviates pain by greatly reducing the pain signals sent to the brain. MLD relaxes the sympathetic nervous system thus helping relieve stress. MLD supports and enhances the immune system.
  • Recover Faster from Cosmetic Surgery
  • Lipo 360, BBL, Tummy Tuck, Facelift, Implant or Explant surgery Post procedure massages help speed recovery time. Lymphatic therapy is non- invasive and provides natural pain relief. Lymphatic massages reduce inflammation, swelling, bruising, and softens scar tissue.

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is characterized by swelling and fluid accumulation in the head, arm, leg and/or trunk. Kokua Bodywork specializes in management of lymph disorders.

The first signs of lymphedema are: Heaviness, Aching, Burning, Stiffness, Tight clothing or jewelry.

Oncology and Manual Lymphatic Drainage

  • Cancer treatments can contribute to conditions that MLD can benefit. Medications, chemotherapy, radiation, surgical procedures such as lymph node removal can contribute or cause indications for MLD.
  • MLD can assist with post surgical recovery, pain control, edema reduction, hematoma reduction, constipation, and stress relief.
  • Surgery and radiation therapy can damage lymph nodes and patients may be at risk for lymphedema.
  • Adhered scarring from surgery may impair lymphatic function.
  • MLD or Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massages can help with lymph flow in compromised areas, help[ clear inflammation, and redirect lymph fluid from damaged or blocked areas.
  • Oncology Clients are always encouraged to consult with their healthcare team when considering MLD as part of their treatment plan.

Autoimmune Disorders and Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

  • Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, and Rheumatoid arthritis are just a few autoimmune conditions that MLD can benefit by helping to reduce pain, promote sleep, reduce tissue congestion, detoxify tissues, and reduce inflammation.

Palliative Care

  • MLD can help relieve sfectionymptoms and promote quality of life by assisting in pain management, reduce/control edema, increase mobility, and reduce the risk of skin breakdown and infection.

Theresa M.

I highly recommend Yvonne!!! I was referred to her after a workout injury and Yvonne was so knowledgeable and caring ! I have always felt like I’m in good hands with her and now I call her at the first sign of pain to prevent further damage! I have and will continue to recommend her to friends and family !

Chelsea W.

I just underwent a major surgery and I honestly don’t think I could’ve recovered from my surgery without Yvonne, both mentally and physically. She is extremely gifted at her profession as well as an amazing human being. She’s educated at her craft, thoughtful, considerate, and listens so that she meets your exact needs and helps you throughout your journey of recovery. I can’t give her enough praise. She’s a professional healer that expands her craft consistently so she can help as many people as possible. I couldn’t recommend her enough!

Testimonials

Happy Clients

Alexandra del C.

I am a 58 year old woman, who has suffered from allergy issues all my life. But recently I have had the worst reaction I can ever remember having. For about 3 weeks I dealt with extreme congestion and pressure in my head. The sinus headaches were unbearable. And nothing was helping to relieve the congestion or the pressure. So, I reached out to Yvonne Martin to see if she could help with a lymphatic sinus massage. And I am so glad I did. First off, the massage was so relaxing, but I could instantly feel movement of congestion. It was amazing to actually feel things open up and move. Over the next few days I started to release congestion, and the pressure subsided in my head. By day 3 I felt back to normal. And over the following week whenever I had a reaction, I could still feel the drainage, as if what she had done was still reacting in my body. I highly recommend this type of massage for anyone in need, and give two thumbs up to Yvonne Martin for her healing hands!! Her massage room was also very inviting and peaceful. Thank you Yvonne, this is one happy customer!!

FAQ's

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What Causes Lymphedema?

Surgery, Trauma, Radiation, Lymph Node Removal, Chronic venous problems and heredity. Because early treatment is crucial, it is imperative that individuals in high risk situations understand the symptoms and implications of lymphedema.

What Is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is characterized by swelling and fluid accumulation in the head, arm, leg and/or trunk. Kokua Bodywork specializes in management of lymph disorders.

The first signs of lymphedema are: Heaviness, Aching, Burning, Stiffness, Tight clothing or jewelry.

What Is Destress Massage?

A Swedish Massage to relieve stress and promote an overall feeling of relaxation, helping you breathe, increasing circulation and alleviating tension.

Deep Tissue Massage

This massage is deep and customized to the pressure and areas you will most benefit from, releasing adhesions, creating space in the body, and releasing muscular tension and restrictions.

Mobility Massage
A massage inspired by Ashley Black and her invention of the Fascia Blasting tools. The Client will spend 30 minutes in an infrared Sauna Blanket so the tissues are heated followed by an hour of massage using the Fascia Blasting Tools. Excellent for mobility and circulation as well as detoxing.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Massage
This massage is light on pressure promoting the movement of lymph fluid. It has a soothing and analgesic effect to those experiencing discomfort or pain. An excellent massage for those unable to exercise regularly or that have just overcome an illness.
Vacuum Cupping Detox Therapy
A Cupping therapy designed to break up solid bloat, remove cellular debris and waist, and remove toxins. Improves lymphatic drainage and circulation. Re-energizes and Detoxifies the body.
Lomilomi Massage
Hawaiian Lomilomi is “….the loving touch, A connection of the heart, hand, and soul with the source of life.”– Auntie Margaret Machado.

A massage experience that is transformative, embracing, and nurturing.

Skin Tightening
Plasma Skin tightening also known as Fibroblast Skin tightening is the only cosmetic treatment to use electrical arcing to eliminate excess skin. It’s a successful non-surgical beauty treatment. Excellent for wrinkle reduction, eye lifts, tummy tightening, and neck tightening. It takes one treatment and the recovery time is seven to ten days.
Results last between two and four years depending lifestyle and environmental factors.

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Yvonne Martin - Kukua Bodywork

About
Yvonne Martin

Yvonne has a passion for health and wellness. She began her journey over twenty years ago as a CHEK nutrition and lifestyle coach, personal trainer, and fitness instructor where she taught Bodypump, Pilates, and sculpt classes at Elite Fitness spa in Carlsbad Ca. Her mission was to train and inspire clients to meet their lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness goals.

As her family needed her more at home, Yvonne made a choice to take a break from training and teaching to devote her time to her family including her two young daughters and stepson. Meanwhile, she continued to further her education and studied different types of bodywork modalities and functional nutrition.

As her children grew older, Yvonne began working with Tamara Renee Wellness formerly known as Bodylab as a massage therapist, body sculptor, post op lymphatic therapy therapist, and personalized DNA Diet and Fitness coach. Yvonne’s mission was always the same “To empower, educate, and motivate clients to achieve optimal health and wellness through practical nutrition, lifestyle coaching, and bodywork modalities.

Working with all different types of clients over the years, Yvonne realized the importance of the lymphatic system for oncology and post- surgery clients. She now is trained as a Lymphedema therapist and works with a variety of medical conditions. She also knows the importance of keeping detox pathways open and how critical the lymphatic system is to maintain optimal wellness and healing.

Yvonne understands the obstacles of stress and what an over scheduled life can do to wellness, vitality, and fitness goals as she has faced many of these obstacles herself. As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practioner she believes running diagnostic tests is imperative to overcome Metabolic Chaos and getting to the root of obstacles by supporting all systems of the body. She offers massage and lymphatic drainage therapy that support and help with the healing of these systems

Yvonne chose the name Kokua because it means help and community. Everything she has learned over the past twenty years she wants to share and inspire her clients and community with.

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