Manual Lymphatic Drainage (known as MLD) was developed in Europe in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil Vodder. This highly specialised technique takes the form of ”massage” and uses light, rhythmical, very precise hand movements, pressures, and sequences. Generally it is performed without oil and works with light touch at the skin level only. Movements influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow, re-directing if necessary. It also increases the venous flow without increasing arterial blood flow.
By stimulating the lymphatic vessels, this advanced therapy assists the body’s natural defences, improves the detoxification process and the removal of waste products.
The first visit will include a consultation during which the therapist will recommend the number and frequency of future sessions. Each session will last approximately one hour. Where appropriate the therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner.
A treatment commences at the neck to clear the area and ‘make space’ for lymph to be brought there. The next parts of the sequence will depend entirely on why MLD is being performed and the particular needs of the individual.
MLD’s intensely relaxing effects mask the strength of the treatment itself. Being a very light technique it can be enjoyed by everyone.
There are a variety of pathologies that can benefit from MLD including: Fibromyalgia, Head and Neck Disorders (chronic sinusitis, migraines, whiplash), Hypertension, Stress, Allergies, Common Acne and Acne Rosacea, Constipation, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis, Localized Post-Traumatic Oedema, Bruising, Surgical Procedures (useful to complement mobilization by physical therapy), and many more. MLD can be used to improve scar tissue and to reduce bruising after surgery or injury.
It is also an excellent therapy for rejuvenation as a beauty treatment and can reduce puffiness and fine lines and wrinkles.