Office safety precautions moving forward due to Covid-19:
-All contact surfaces in the office from the front door to my treatment room will be disinfected between clients. As usual, all clients will be scheduled to give plenty of time between clients.
-All clients will be asked to wash their hands upon entering the office.
-Please, if you think you even MIGHT be sick or feeling the least bit under the weather, reschedule your appointment.
-You are welcomed to wear a mask, but you are not required to. To be transparent, I will not be wearing a mask as they make me feel lightheaded and anxious. If this makes you uncomfortable, please let me know and we can reschedule or cancel your appointment.
-My linens are washed between every client in hot water, however, if you feel more comfortable, you are welcome to bring your own with you.
-I have been involved in the medical field for over 28 years and my pledge to all my clients is that your health and safety are of the utmost importance to me. If you have any concerns please be open and transparent, as I can only address the issues I am aware of.
Where will my session take place?
Your session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Must I be completely undressed?
Manual lymphatic drainage sessions are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet. Unless you need assistance, which we are always glad to help in any way we can.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage will include lymph node beds in the groin, armpits, neck and abdomen and most of the skin surface of the body (to your comfort level).
What will the manual lymphatic drainage feel like?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage uses very light strokes in a wavelike motion directing lymphatic flow towards the circulatory system. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Bodywork is most effective when your body is not resisting.
What should I do during the session?
Prior to your session, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the session, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How will I feel after manual lymphatic drainage?
Most people feel very relaxed. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. After a lymphatic session, you could feel lighter and deeply relaxed however you could feel a little nauseated due to the detoxification and most likely will have to use the restroom.
What are the benefits manual lymphatic drainage?
The benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage include detoxification for the body, an increase of the immune system's effectiveness, reduced illnesses and eliminating acute and chronic swelling.
How many sessions are recommended?
When receiving MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage), it is recommended to receive 3 sessions within a two week period. This allows the lymphatic system an opportunity to get clear and working smoothly. The second and third sessions allow for a deeper cleansing. Please see here for special first time client pricing.
Post surgical recommendations are in line with your surgeons recommendations and the way your body reacts and heals from the trauma. The more extensive the work, the more sessions recommended. See Dr. Wolf's recommendation here. Please call the office (623)249-8555 to inquire about special pre and post-surgical pricing.
Are there any medical conditions that would make manual lymphatic drainage inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, you will be asked general health questions as well as questions specific to your condition. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking.
Do you accept Insurance? What forms of payment do you accept?
Even though I have had the same education as the lymphedma therapists in the rehab departments at the major hospitals, because I am a massage therapist, insurance does not reimburse my services.
West Valley Lymphatic Care is self-pay. I accept for payment
Package and Cancellation Policy
24 hour advance notice is requested when cancelling an appointment. Please call, text or e-mail. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment.
If you arrive late, your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours. Depending upon how late you arrive, your therapist will then determine if there is enough time remaining to start a treatment. Regardless of the length of the treatment actually given, you will be responsible for the “full” session. Out of respect and consideration to your therapist and other customers, please plan accordingly and be on time.
I look forward to serving you!