lymphesthetics access rehab LymphEsthetics™LymphEsthetics™ is affiliated with Access Rehab, an Accredited Treatment Center of The Association of Lymphatic Therapy. We work together with their rehabilitation therapists to provide non-invasive and clinically-studied approach in the most effective treatment of primary and secondary lymphedema, lipedema, lipo-lymphedema, and other lymphatic related issues as revolutionized by the joint efforts of Gretchen Givone- founder of the Institute of Lymphatic Therapy and International Training Director for the Clinica Godoy, and Drs. JMP Godoy Fatima Godoy of Clinica Godoy, Brazil.

We understand that every individual is unique, therefore, treatment plans are customized according to each individual’s case. Our lymphatic therapy treatment programs are provided using manual or mechanical procedures, or a combination of both.

Connective Tissue Rehabilitation™ created by Gretchen Givone, CDT

A non-invasive connective tissue treatment that combines neuromuscular massage, myofascial release, and lymphatic drainage. This technique uses a Category 1 FDA approved medical device, CelluM6 Keymodule, that has increased circulation by 400% for 6 hours and increased lymphatic flow by 300% for 3 hours following treatment. This treatment offers therapeutic and aesthetic benefits for a large array of clients needing Connective Tissue Rehabilitation™.

Clinical studies have found Connective Tissue Rehabilitation™ to be effective for the following conditions:

  • Chronic muscle pain
  • Congested and compromised lymphatic system
  • Post-surgery swelling (edema), bruising, pain
  • Scars due to burns and surgeries
  • Symptoms from Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis

Complete Decongestive Therapy

Complete Decongestive Therapy is the most successful treatment for upper and lower extremity lymphedema. Lymphedema is the abnormal accumulation of fluid in the tissues, resulting from a failure in draining by the lymph system. There is no known cure for lymphedema, however, we have the new Complete Decongestive Therapy treatment approach that have shown evidence-based patient outcomes using the Godoy-Godoy Global Lymph Drainage (GLD™), to significantly reduce the size of lymphedema in the arms, legs, and face.

The AOLT and its licensed healthcare participants, together with Dr. Jose Maria Pereira Godoy and Dr. Fatima Godoy, conducted case study treatments in April 2013 to patients suffering from primary and secondary lymphedema. They provided 10 days of the Godoy-Godoy GLD™to dramatically reduce the size of the patients’ arms, legs and faces. Results can be seen at the Association’s website

Global Lymph Drainage™, developed by the Godoy & Godoy, is the technique of lymph drainage that seeks to intensify stimulation of both the deep and superficial drainage systems in such a manner as to naturally reproduce physiological stimulation of lymph drainage (Godoy, J., Guerreiro, M., Godoy, A., & Givone, G., 2013)

The GLD™ is composed of the following components or activities to produce the all- important synergistic effect of treatments:

  1. Manual Lymphatic Therapy (MLT) – manual and mechanical lymph drainage.
  2. Cervical Stimulation
  3. Myolymphokinetic exercises and activities – uses the RAGodoy lower or upper extremity passive
    exercise machines as appropriate.
  4. Compression Therapy – includes the use of Godoy-certified compression garments; neutralization of gravitational force or taking advantage of it through the positioning of the patient.
  5. Consideration of the psychological, nutritional and social aspects for patient compliance.

Additionally, and just as important are patient education in:

  • Management and self-performance of some of the treatments
  • Skin care

CDT is for you if you have:

  • Primary Lymphedema, such as Elephantiasis. Also in children experiencing tongue, cheek, hand, and/or feet lymphedema.
  • Secondary Lymphedema, a condition that results from trauma or post-surgery, such as seen with post-breast cancer patients having had a mastectomy and the removal of the axillary lymph nodes.
  • Lipedema which is a malformation of adipose (fatty) tissue which often results in a combination of lymphedema and lipedema.
  • Received chemotherapy, radiation, trauma, or surgical procedures that have caused swelling and damaging effects to the lymphatic system.
Lower Extremity Secondary Lymphedema. Before treatment. Lower Extremity Secondary Lymphedema. After 2 hours of treatment.

Therapeutic protocol

Softening of scars due to burn and traumatic injury

Burn scars usually exhibit a certain sheen and dry skin appearance. Additionally, those scars that are found around the joints (for example the elbows, knees, neck) cause limited range of movement for that joint. LPG CelluM6 applications have been proven to restore suppleness to the skin and improved range of motion after a treatment program.

Cellulite treatment provided at LymphEsthetics™ stretches and folds skin, which mobilizes underlying tissues. This form of tissue mobilization has been proven to work on scars resulting from burns and trauma (LPG and Worret, W.-I. and Jessberger, B. (2004), Effectiveness of LPG® treatment in morphea. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 18: 527- 530. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2004.00966.x).

This form of tissue stimulation has been shown to improve the aesthetic appearance of scars, to relieve painful symptoms and functional limitations reported by patients. Furthermore, these treatments also make it possible to prevent scar tissue from adhering to deep layers of the skin (U. Majani and A. Majani, 2013. Tissue mechanostimulation in the treatment of scars. Acta Medica Mediterranea, 2013, 29: 133-134).

Please click on our Therapeutic Treatments page for more information on treatments.

Whole-Body Regenerative Radiant Therapy Using the Infrared Sauna

Research on Far Infrared Rays by Dr. Aaron M. Flickstein

What is Infrared?

Infrared heat, also called radiant heat, is simply a form of energy that heats objects directly, without having to heat the air in between. The sun is the principal source of radiant energy that we experience daily.  Infrared heat is just like heat from the sun, without ultraviolet radiation which burns and damages our skin.

What are the health benefits of Infrared energy?

Infrared energy in our body causes an increase in metabolism which speeds up weight loss and detoxification of body chemicals. The following are some of the common benefits:

  • Anti-aging – Firms and improves skin tone and elasticity.
  • Detoxification – Expels fatty acids, toxins.  A new “inner glow” as the skin is rid of accumulated dirt and dry skin cells.
  • Beauty – Increases blood circulation to the skin, which is essential for beautiful and glowing skin
  • Scars on skin – Scars fully formed, even keloids, may be gradually softened.
  • Wound healing – Burns and other wounds/incisions may heal with significantly reduced scarring.
  • Cellulite – Greatly speeds up our anti-cellulite program due to twice the depth of heat penetration targeting trapped fat pockets below the skin.
  • Effective weight control – Burns up to 900+ calories in one 30-minute session.
  • Pain relief – Effective for arthritis, back pain, muscle spasms, headache, etc.
  • Injuries – Helps with sprains, strains, muscle spasm, and muscle pain.
  • Passive cardiovascular conditioning effect
  • Soothes and relaxes tired muscles
  • Helps relieve mental fatigue
  • Promotes a wonderful sense of well-being.

Is it safe for me?

The infrared heat in Infrared Thermal System is just like the heat from our sun or that which our own bodies produce as they burn energy to keep us warm. The Infrared Thermal System based on Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa’s patented infrared heaters, were exclusively used by medical practitioners in Japan until they were released for public use in 1979. The idea has now been refined into the Infrared Thermal System that has been sold in the United States since 1981. Panels that produce similar infrared rays are used in hospitals to warm newborn babies. The Swedish National Institute of Radiation Protection has concluded that the heaters in Infrared Thermal System are not dangerous.

Over the last 25 years, Japanese and Chinese researchers and clinicians have done extensive research on infrared treatments and reported many provocative findings.  In Japan there is an “Infrared Society,” composed of medical doctors and physical therapists, to further research support the health benefits of infrared as a healing method. There have been over 700,000 infrared thermal systems sold in Asia for whole-body treatments, and an additional 30 million people have received localized infrared treatment in Asia, Europe and Australia. Whole-body infrared therapy has been used for over 80 years by German physicians in an independently developed form.


Conventional Sauna vs. Infrared Sauna

The infrared sauna can warm its user to a much greater depth and much more efficiently than a conventional sauna, as its energy output is primarily used to convert energy directly to heat in us and not to create excessively hot air which only heats the skin superficially.

Infrared sauna may induce up to 2-3 times the sweat volume of a traditional hot-air sauna while operating at a significantly cooler air temperature range of 1100 to 1300 F vs. 180to 2350 F for hot-air saunas. The lower heat range is safer for those concerned about cardiovascular risk factors.


The data presented above is offered for reference purposes only and to stimulate further observation. Infrared Thermal Systems creating a cure for or treating any disease is neither implied or should be inferred. As with any treatments, there are certain precautions and contraindications that must be considered prior to using the infrared sauna. Please consult your primary care physician before using our system.

We also have a list of contraindications and precautions that we will review with you prior to your first appointment. Contact us at San Dimas, CA center.