Can massage be promoted as detoxification methodology?

Recently I’ve produced a video “Can massage be promoted as detoxification methodology.”  In that video I talked about a specific technique on acceleration of lymphatic drainage.

In addition to the explanation on the technique, I also stated that the main duty of lymphatic system is disposal of metabolic waste and that, practically, all metabolic waste is toxic. I also expanded on the importance of incorporating the technique of manual acceleration of lymphatic drainage in overall massage practice.

I posted this link in one of the social groups, so that my colleagues could learn about importance of this technique.  Today we accumulate much metabolic waste.  This metabolic waste poisons us and it’s important to understand why?

Stress significantly disturbs the process of lymphatic drainage as well as it is adversely affected by engineered food and poor quality of water. In addition this nation is overmedicated.  During the last 10 years the quantity of narcotic pain killers increased 400%. Especially, this related to such medications as non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, pain killers and prescribed narcotics.  Again, all this is related to stress and metabolic waste that these chemicals produce in great quantities.

What happen when metabolic waste is not properly drained from inertissual fluid into the circulatory system?  The result of this accumulation is the significant drop in PH.  All gas exchange happens on the capillary level.  So the PH drop significantly disturbing all the body functions, including acquired immune system.  People get repeatedly sick.  The anti-bodies cannot work.  Many people experience symptoms similar to the symptoms of clinical depression.  This symptoms fall into the diagnosis called “Major Depressive Disorders.”  Unlike clinical depression, MDD doesn’t cause the drop in serotonin level. Another difference is that MDD is accompanied by a significant muscular pain.  This all follows from the contamination of body by an excessive metabolic waste.  In essence, large qualities of not drained metabolic waste increase toxicity inside the body.

Therefore the modality for acceleration of lymphatic drainage, that allows remove large quantities of metabolic waste and reduces the toxicity level, is very important.

I’d like to share with you the history of development of manual acceleration of lymphatic drainage method.  Twenty years of my career I spent working with Olympian teams.  Professor Chernikh was one of the leading researchers and clinicians and doctor of medical science.  In the former Soviet Union many doctors knew segment reflex massage as it was proposed by professor Sherbak.  The professor Chernikh was the typical example of such an enthusiast: great hands, researches, clinician – the whole package.

The sorts massage research used to tackle the task of improving the performance of Olympian athletes and prevent sports related injuries.  Every year we used to have camps in the mountains at a very high altitude 8000 feet and higher.  This was done with the purpose to stimulate the production of hemoglobin.  What scientists have discovered was that if you were to increase fluidity of blood you’d also proportionally increase the natural blood dope.  In general, it isn’t legal to inject this dope in blood.  But when it was done naturally, by increasing fluidity of blood, it’s absolutely legal.

In the process of finding out what factors could affect fluidity of blood, professor Chernikh came to the conclusion that by promoting lymph drainage fluidity of blood could be increased.  So if we would find the way to accelerate lymph drainage then we would increase fluidity of blood.  Thus when athletes competed, the natural blood dope was significantly increased and athletes performed much better.  In my video I explain there the natural physiology of lymphatic draining and the way how professor Chernikh took advantage of the natural process and developed this methodology.

In a few years after these events, he was called to a committee that investigated an odd phenomenon that happen to a group of researches situated in Bryansk forest.  Bryansk forest was the military zone where several scientific labs were developing biological weapons.  I knew this personally from the professor Chernikh.  All these scientists who worked in these science labs, got overwhelming immunization, but constantly got infected, which meant that their immune system didn’t work.  All of them massively developed depressive disorder and muscular pain. When the committee investigated this phenomenon, it came to the conclusion that the cause of the major depressive disorder and muscular pain was excessive accumulation of metabolic waste.  Combining this with the poor quality of water, food and tremendous stress (when you do something that evil it take a tall on your consciousness.)  In addition to other symptoms they developed edemas.  Analyzing all the above consideration and symptoms, professor Chernikh came to the conclusion that the reason for that odd phenomenon was excessive amounts of metabolic waste.   So when we administer manual acceleration of lymphatic drainage, we also administer detoxification.

Today we are exposed to too much stress that debilitates us.  Practically almost 80% of doctor visits such as anxieties, muscular pains, sleep disorders, high blood pressure are related to stress.  Stress is also the main contributor to the decrease of quantities of disposal.  Many people suffer significantly from massive depressive disorders referred by doctors and self-referred, who experienced muscular pain.  We can do petrissage and all other treatments.  But these treatments would be ineffective and people would continue taking anti-depressants and pain killers.

So the accumulation of metabolic waste is the reason why people experience all these symptoms.   Therefore we cannot move forward until we do manual acceleration of lymphatic drainage.  Especially the last 5 years, I assume that my patients have too much accumulated metabolic waste and therefore I always start the treatment from manual acceleration of lymphatic drainage.  Especially when someone comes with the symptoms of major depressive disorders and I feel that my patient has edema, I cannot move forward until I administer manual acceleration of lymphatic drainage.  Similarly for the people who don’t experience these symptoms but whose immune system is compromised, I also administer this procedure.  I also recommend doing this also for prevention purpose, before stress management massage.  Again this is not petrissage, it’s a very different technique and within my clip you can find how this technique should be administered.  We all have to learn this technique and it has to be on our menu of services.


Concerned about stress related illnesses

The role of massage therapy in treatment of difficult diseases

European Cranio-Sacral Therapy


European Cranio-sacral therapy was developed by Bulgarian scientist Boris Ivanov MD. Ph.D. In 1966 he completed the research on the subject and proposed the concept of the relation between spinal mechanical disturbances and the development of spinal degenerative diseases. Dr. Ivanov was searching for the way to improve performances of professional athletes, prevent spinal column sports-related injuries and, disproportional to the young age, development of degenerative disease in the spine by an improvement of spinal biomechanics. Dr. Ivanov called his methodology for clinical bio-mechanics/craniosacral therapy.

This methodology should not be confused with what is typically called craniosacral therapy in the United States.

During his study, prof. Ivanov found out that spinal movement segments, those composing the entire spine, are related from the perspective of biomechanics. If any segment of the cervical spine, because of subluxation or any other reason, would be blocked or limited in movement, other segments located below or above it, would start compensating this limitation in the spinal movement by becoming hypermobile. At the same time, other divisions of the thoracic or lumbar spine will change their biomechanics. Some will become hypermobile while some others will become blocked or limited in movement. In additional prof. Ivanov found out that the sacrum division of the spinal column plays a very important role in the movements of cerebral spinal fluids. Similarly to the lymphatic system that is responsible for the disposal of metabolic waste from all body components, cerebral spinal fluid supports the disposal of metabolic waste from CNS.

Normal spinal biomechanical function implies sacrum movements in the anterior-posterior direction, playing the role of a mechanical pump, increasing pressure as well as circulation of cerebral spinal fluid.  In the case of spinal biomechanical disturbances, motion in anterior-posterior direction is limited and sacrum moves in different axes and planes.

Insufficient and improper movement in sacrum not only triggers a compensatory movement, pre-exposes one to injuries as well as to developments of degenerative spinal diseases, but also disturbs local metabolism within the brain, on the level of cerebral spinal fluids.  This exposure causes calcification of brain cells, blockage of cerebral spinal fluid drainage through “pipes“ or pathways and initiates and stimulates Alzheimer’s disease and other brain functions. Restoration of spinal mechanics not only prevents sports-related injuries and spinal degenerative diseases but also normalizes cerebral spinal fluids circulations including drainage, sustains pressure, pushes large volumes of cerebral spinal fluid, stimulates metabolic waste disposal from CNS, as well as increases nutritional supply to the brain. Insufficient nutritional supply to the brain is the main cause of dementia developments.

For many years and due to its massive utilization, Dr.Ivanov’s clinical bio-mechanics/ craniosacral therapy proved to be a safe and effective treatment for spinal biomechanical disturbances. In turn, these biomechanical corrections lead to the prevention of sports-related injuries, slow down degenerative changes within the spine, and, seemingly, prevent the developments of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

At the beginning of the 70s, Dr.Ivanov took over the health management of the Bulgarian national Olympian weightlifters team.  During the first two years of his management, the Bulgarian team received the disproportion amount of Olympic medals. The percentage of sports-related injuries was significantly lower than average.  As a brilliant scientist, physician and a great massage therapist, Dr, Ivanov understood that massage therapy techniques have no substitute.

European Cranio-sacral therapy sequences include the connective tissue massage, muscular mobilization, periosteal massage, circulatory massage, scapula manipulation, cervical spine traction, lumbar spine traction, and every spinal vertebra mobilizations. The concept and clinical approach of European Cranio-sacral therapy are very useful and effective for biomechanical corrections, stress management, post-event rehabilitative efforts.  It is used in cases of orthopedic disorders and for athletic performance improvement.  These techniques are easy to learn and perform.

Below are links to the short fragments from my DVD. Mainly these fragments represent introductory parts.

Interestingly enough, Prof. Ivanov’s scientific hypotheses on cleansing the system in the brain were based on the following simple logic:

  1. Metabolic waste has to be removed by some systems. Otherwise, it cannot function.
  2. Disturbances in metabolic cleansing surely lead to brain dysfunction, including dementia /Alzheimer’s disease, etc.


The cerebral angiography data, already available at the time, supported his scientific hypotheses of the perivascular pathway of the cleansing system.   Most importantly, Dr. Ivanov repeatedly achieved favorable clinical outcomes, when treating initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Approximately 15 years ago, I wrote an article about European Cranio-sacral therapy, and it’s effectiveness not only for the improvement in athletic performance and injury prevention but also in cases of dementia /Alzheimer’s disease. Also at the same time on my DVD, I proposed hands-on techniques as well as offered extensive theoretical explanation. Thanks to now available imaging techniques, professor Ivanov’s scientific hypotheses became a solid theory. Please click this link to read about these discoveries.

Scientists Discover Previously Unknown Cleansing System in Brain

I feel that every massage therapist should understand that in most cases disturbances of biomechanics can lead to sports-related injuries, accelerate painful degenerative arthritis developments, muscular aches and pains, spinal disease developments, and in most cases, this all this happened because of dysfunctions of muscles and fascia. No other modalities available in physical rehabilitative medicine can be as effective as massage techniques. Besides proposing assessment techniques, Prof. Ivanov always stressed the importance of detecting tension within fascia /muscles by fingers and eliminating these abnormalities by specifically developed techniques.

You’re welcome to post comments, to ask questions.


Best wishes.



  1. In 1975 I had a great opportunity to sit two days in his class. Since then, I routinely, with a good deal of success, incorporate European Cranio-sacral therapy techniques in my practice.



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