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Old 10-03-2007, 03:40 PM   #1
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I asked 2 highly respected area massage therapist for the best way to go about finding a reputable Lymphatic Massage Therapist. They both told me to go to vodderschool.com and use their link for a therapist in your area. They both told me that the Vodder School is the gold standard for lymphatic drainage education. I found a therapist in my area and have an appointment with her on Friday...will let you know how it goes. She also told me that skilled lymphatic massage is a very gentle, not painful, procedure even on those of us very recently post op.
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Old 10-03-2007, 06:43 PM   #2
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Hey daceyh,

Thanks for that info. I am am 11 days post op and thought I should wait a little longer. I actually have an appt. next week Thursday but would like to have it done sooner. I think I will change my appt. for tomorrow. Thanks again.
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:01 PM   #3
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Hey Foxy, she also told me that, for the most part, it is best if the first few are scheduled very close together...say 3 in 5 days, rather than once a week, and the sooner post op the better. All bodies heal differently, but from what she and another woman who was so booked she couldn't see me for 5 weeks told me. the sooner the better, and the first 2 will help her to determine what your body needs. I really trust the first two women who gave me the vodder school web site, as I know both of them well and both completed training in Lymphatic massage to get their degree, but suggested a specialist was a better decision for me under the circumstances. On that note, I might caution others to ask if your Lymphatic Drainage Masssage person has done the training to get their massage diploma, or gone on for specific training. As I noted in some other post somewhere, my Dr. follows up with 6 sessions of endermologie, but from what I have read here, I have decided to do the lymphatic massage as well. I have spent thousands of dollars having this surgery done...what is a few hundred more for some extra post op care?
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:08 AM   #4
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I wanted to let everyone know that my first Lympahtic Massage was incredibly gentle and comfortable. She was extremely knowledgable about the various procedures and their recovery as well an amazing wealth of info about how the lymph system works. Before the massage, she had me try on my various garments and pointed out tiny spaces where compression was not quite what it could be. For example, the small space between my breasts where the bra ends and the compression garment begins, she was worried about developing a small pooch there. Don't want that, as I just had the procedure to get rid of that pooch! She is bringing some special compression tape tomorrow to help me achieve maximum results from my garments. It was not cheap, but got my money's worth absolutely! I paid her $85 plus tip, but she came to my house and was here for close to 2 hours when all was said and done, including the trying on of my various garments. She even went through my bras one by one and after seeing me in them, gave suggestions for which ones not to wear for maximum lymph drainage...who knew????

I would encourage anyone who is getting this done to take the time to find a specialist. It is well worth the time and money.
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:14 PM   #5
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Daceyh - Thanks so much starting this thread. Sounds like you found a really good therapist. Two hours and a full consultation for $85 is an incredible bargain.

Wow, certain bras don't allow good lymph drainage! Hmm.

The Vodder website says 160 hours training is required for their diploma. Their referral specifies that training or re-training has been within the past two years. Your posts are really interesting and valuable information.
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing this info Daceyh. Sounds like you found a true professional!
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Old 10-10-2007, 02:29 PM   #7
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HI all

Had my 2nd lymphatic drainage massage today. First one was yesterday. Let me tell you -- what a difference. When I woke up this morning, noticed a big difference in my swelled up areas and looked alot slimmer too. I had my 2nd done today and it felt just wonderful. She was little more intense today but I was able to handle it and liked it very much. Tomorrow I am scheduled again and the therapist thinks I may not need any more massages but we will see tomorrow. I totally, totally recommend anyone and everyone to find a reputable therapist in their area. You will feel so much better.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:31 PM   #8
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In anticipation of needing LDM (SmartLipo will be in 7 weeks), I stopped by a Massage Envy location today. This is a franchised massage salon, they have several of them here in Phoenix. Their website says they have 671 locations in the USA.

They have a "membership" program where you buy at least 3 massages for $39 per hour. You're supposed to use them once a month. I inquired about LDM and was referred to the location manager. She told me she has 3 "qualified" LDM therapists at that location. She also told me she is opening a new salon about 2 miles from my house right about the time I will need these massages. And she told me they are getting new software soon that will enable them to sell the memberships so that you can use each massage of your package at any time, not once a month.

Obviously, I need to do my own homework and talk with the "LDM qualified" person. My question is this: Has anyone here used Massage Envy for LDM? If so, what was your experience? I told the manager I would be phoning her therapist to ask questions.

BTW, they have a "sampler" massage, one time only, for $39. This allows people to try out the services at the reduced price without buying the membership. I'm sure you can go there without a membership, too, but I believe the rate is $57/hour.

I am in no way connected with this company, just looking for a good price for good LDMs in a couple of months.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:54 PM   #9
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I used that link to find one in my area. Went tonight for my first one, and it was nice. very light. I should of done it two weeks ago. She actually said its a go9od idea to do 2 sessions before surgery, to empty them and it will help right from the begining. ( say one saturday, one wed and you have surgery friday.) then she says 3 session after, are probably enough to get you on your way.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:00 AM   #10
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Hey FunNut,

There is a Massage Envy where I live, and I saw the $39 offer. I did not know they offered LDM, so I went online and found a massage therapist who does LDM for clients who have had lipo. However, I will call Massage Envy to see if the staff performs LDM. The Massage Envy is only a few miles from where I live, and the LDT I called is a good 40 mins away. I'll let you know what I learn.
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