Christy Hein Offers Lymphedema MLD Therapy, Swedish Massage, Raindrop, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Hot Stone, Myofascial Release 

Christy Hein is a Lymphatic Care Specialist. The lymphatic system is important to your body's immune function, and it is where the "good cells" are created and “bad cells” are destroyed and filtered to move out from your body. There are many applications of manual lymphatic therapy for the body. This site will focus primarily on lymphedema, but please recognize that there are many other applications for this therapy.

Christy is a graduate of Healing Arts Institute located in Citrus Heights, California. She also specializes in Lymphedema MLD Therapy, Swedish Massage, Raindrop, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Hot Stone, Myofascial Release.

Prior to becoming a lymphedema specialist and massage and acupressure therapist, Christy Hein was a fire fighter and paramedic. She also teaches CPR and First Aid. Christy's medical background gives her a unique ability to understand how the body systems can become diseased and self heal through manual lymph drainage, pure essential oils, and other holistic practices.

Christy Hein's Profile

  • Massage therapist with a private practice in Rocklin, Ca. (Lymphatic Drainage Specialist certification from Healing Arts Institute).

  • Acupressure Practitioner certification through Healing Arts Institute In Citrus Heights, CA and The Acupressure Institute in Berkley, CA.

  • Raindrop Treatment trained by Gary Young.

  • Trained in Swedish, Swedish Hot Stone, Shiatsu, and Myofascial Release.

  • Young Living Essential Oils Distributer / Consultant.

  • Owner / Operator of California Public Response, CPR  /1st Aid Training (over 20 years of experience).

  • Worked in Emergency Medical Services as a Paramedic in the 911 system and as a Firefighter / Paramedic in the 911 system in Solano County. CA.

  • Past experience as a medical assistant in a private practice (4 years working with Traumatic Brain Injury Adults in a Sub-Acute Care facility in Concord, CA).

Lymphatic Drainage Massage - The Greatest Way to Control Your Lymphedema

Christy Hein, Lymphatic Care Specialist, specializes in full-service lymphatic treatments: manual lymphatic therapy (MLD), compression bandaging, skin care, education, exercise, and supply of products related to MLD/CDP therapy (including compression stockings), at low costs to the patient.

Christy will also help you with ordering of compression products. Christy will assist in obtaining lymphedema pumps and custom or standard garments if necessary.

Most private insurance carriers (including Medicare) cover lymphedema treatment. Therapy consists of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) therapy, compression, skin care, exercise, and education.

Lymphedema is a problem of excess water and protein

Our lymphatic system, in addition to filtering out waste products, helps our bodies maintain fluid balance so that we are neither dehydrated nor edematous.

Up to 90% of the water component of our blood that perfuses the capillary network and nourishes our cells returns to the heart via the venous system.

The 10% (or more) that is left behind in the tissues along with the extracellular protein that filters out of the capillaries, can only return to the heart via the lymphatics. That 10% (or more) can amount to up to 2 liters a day. While 2 liters may not seem like much, it adds up day after day, if there is impairment in lymph drainage.

In addition, the extracellular proteins can only return to the central circulation via the lymphatic vessels. The diameter of these molecules is too large to fit into the openings in the vein walls - the openings in the lymphatic vessel walls are large enough for these protein molecules to enter easily.

So lymphedema is not only a problem of excess water remaining in the tissues, but of excess protein that remains in the tissues as well. Unfortunately, the body always moves for a state of balance so it actually tends to pour more water into the tissues to "dilute" this protein concentration - thus a vicious cycle develops. This problem is compounded by the fact that the white blood cells called macrophages, which are part of our immune response, do not work properly in the lymphedematous fluid. This is why anyone with lymphedema is at increased risk for infection in his or her affected limb.



Benefits of Massage

Massage effects every system in the body - Today's busy lifestyle can cause many to suffer from chronic stress which can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system of the body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process.

In massage, pressure is applied to the muscles in movements that are in tune with the natural flow of blood back to the heart. This movement stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which in turn dilates the blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate. It also stimulates the digestive tract, lymphatic system and promotes deep relaxation. Some studies suggest that regular massage can reduce cellulite deposits possibly due to the fact that massage is a passive form of exercise. Getting a regular massage is also a way to increase or maintain flexibility, enhance tissue elasticity and reduce pain.


"Christy really knows her stuff. She seems to be tuned into what's going on in my body and knows exactly what works for me and is readily attentive to my needs. I feel very much at ease and very relaxed afterwards. She employs a variety of techniques and uses top of the line [essential] oils, which is a cut above the average massage. You definitely get your dollars' worth the oils alone are worth it!" Bonnie M, Lincoln, CA 95648.




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Christy Hein, Lymphatic Specialist
575 Menlo Drive, Suite 1
Rocklin, CA 95765 USA
916-295-8313 (Cell, Text Friendly)