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Manual Lymphatic Drainage, what is it?

Updated: Apr 26

The lymphatic drainage massage can be defined as the gentle massage that prevents the accumulation of lymph fluids in the body. The main purpose of creating this movement in the lymphatic system is the removal of toxins and waste that might accumulate in the tissues. MLD is a highly specialised skin technique developed in Europe in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife. The technique has an intensely relaxing effect masking the strength of the treatment itself. The method is a very gentle, ‘light touch’ form of massage using light, rhythmical, very precise hand movements, pressures, and sequences which encourage the lymph fluid to flow freely around the body.


This kind of lymphatic drainage massage is especially useful for people suffering from fibromyalgia and lymphedema along with other conditions. In the case of both normal and healthy people, the smooth muscle tissues are used by the lymphatic system to remove body wastes. But for people with certain medical conditions and surgery, smooth functioning is disrupted.


In such cases, a different condition evolves which causes the build-up of fluids in the lymph system of the body. This process is known as lymphedema. You will find people who have had surgeries to suffer from this condition. Doctors usually suggest lymphatic drainage massage for such patients under the guidance of a physical therapist or a certified massage therapist. Many of my clients come to me after having a recent caesarian, with anxiety or endometriosis and seen the benefits!


If you are suffering from a condition under the guidance of a GP or recently had surgery I require verbal or written consent to practice this massage on you. Package bookings can be made with a discount offer.


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