Welcome to Tree of Life Lymphatic Therapy

* PLEASE….Use quiet voices at the studio and silence your phone!  *CLIENTS ARE SEEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY– I can be reached by text at 978-866-0599, or through the “contact” portal on this website. I usually respond within a few hours.

*Please complete the new client intake forms on the website and hit the send button. Your information comes directly to me and is never seen by unlicensed personnel. It saves us valuable time so that we can get to work as soon as possible after you arrive!
Be assured that I do read your information, that it is kept completely confidential and that I will use it to plan your session before your arrival.
If for any reason you are unable to complete the forms online, then please arrive 10-15 minutes early to your appointment to allow adequate time to complete this vital paperwork.

*If you are late for your appointment for any reason, it may need to be rescheduled, in order for you to receive a full session and also so that my next client is not kept waiting.

*Please understand that your appointment time is reserved for you and that if you do not show up, or cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, that you will owe the full cost of your service to me.

*Please consider removing your jewelry before you arrive.

*Please do take a shower before your session, for obvious reasons:)

*Be assured that for any type of bodywork provided, you will be properly draped for modesty at all times, with only the part of your body exposed which is being worked on.

* Any sexual overtures will be treated very seriously and result in the immediate cessation of the session, with full payment for session due.

* Visiting the rest room prior to session is highly recommended, as this work does move fluid in the body which typically results in a full bladder.

*I do not accept insurance for any of the services which I provide.

*It is my pleasure to welcome Cape Wellness Collaborative (CWC) clients to my studio!

*I do not provide home visits.

*Clients must be able to get on and off the treatment table, dress and undress themselves and use the rest room without assistance. If it is necessary, you are welcome to bring a caregiver with you to your appointment.

* If you are sick for any reason, such as a fever, nausea, vomiting, or any other worsening or worrying symptoms, please cancel your appointment ASAP and see a physician.

* There should be NO pain involved in any bodywork I provide. If you do experience any discomfort, it is your obligation to let me know right away.

*Online videos are not an alternative to hands on bodywork by a licensed practitioner.

*How often you need bodywork depends very much on your goals and the reason you are coming in to see me. Chronic pain and recent surgery or injury, for example, may initially require several visits. After that, you can gauge how you are responding to treatment and then decide how often you want to include bodywork as a part of your health care maintenance.

*Please understand that I cannot diagnose, or prescribe. I am not an alternative to your health care team, but I can work well in conjunction with them.

* Post session advice- Make sure you are fully alert before you drive after your session! (Bodywork can cause some natural sedation). Drink extra water and avoid strenuous activity for the rest of the day.

*Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a wonderful choice of bodywork for anyone wishing to relax and rejuvenate. It is deeply relaxing, with most of my clients falling asleep on the table 🙂

*Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) does NOT use brushes, tools, cupping, bamboo sticks, rollers, castor oil packs, creams, or lotions.
MLD uses only the practitioner’s hands and involves movement of the skin in particular directions and gentle pressure toward the body.
Dry brushing is light and can have an MLD-like effect, but its primary benefits are exfoliation of the skin and for use in sensory integration therapy.
There are instances where cups and tools can be used during a healing process, but it has no part in manual lymphatic drainage.
Minimal friction is required in MLD and so creams and oils are not generally used.

* MLD is a full body, “nose to toes” sequence and so it does not lend itself to either skipping areas, or working excessively on others. Please know that while I will spend more attention to areas of concern, that a full body sequence is necessary for the session to be effective.

* MLD is a 60 minute session. The reason it should not be longer, is because it is possible to overload the lymphatic system, particularly in medically compromised clients.

*If you been diagnosed with Lymphedema– I am happy to work with uncomplicated cases only. (Please take note- I do not perform the bandaging, compression garments, or wound care, which are often utilized in the more complicated cases of lymphedema.
Complicated lymphedema is typically managed exclusively at wound care or lymphedema clinics by OT’s and PT’s and this is usually covered by insurance.
However, I am happy to work in conjunction with your lymphedema team where appropriate).
If you are unclear which category of lymphedema you land in, PLEASE consult with your medical team for clarity and clearance for MLD.
For your reference, I am a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist (CMLDT) trained in the Vodder School.
Be advised that manual lymphatic drainage, although very gentle, is very powerful. There are multiple medical applications, as well as multiple contraindications for this work. Manipulating lymphatic flow incorrectly can result in permanent injury to the client. Your complete disclosure on your medical intake form is expected and is for your own protection.

* For post-surgical clients– You must have clearance from your surgeon to receive MLD.

*Any surgical wounds that may still be leaking MUST be covered by an occlusive dressing before arrival. As stated previously, I do not do wound care, bandaging, nor do I apply compression garments. You must be healed enough to be able to get on and off a treatment table unassisted, or you may bring someone with you to assist you.

*Expressing fluids out of an open wound is NOT Manual Lymphatic Drainage and not something which should ever be done outside of a clinical environment and under rare circumstances at that. Again- if you are having any kind of difficulty with your wound site, you need to see a physician.