Therapies - Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) was developed by the Danish physiotherapist Dr Emil Vodder in the 1930s; today there are five recognized schools.
MLD involves light, rhythmical massage that aids the body in collecting and moving lymphatic fluid, carrying away toxins and bacteria bringing in white blood cells (lymph fluid) that act as our immune system. Consisting of lymph nodes and channels, the lymphatic system acts as a sanitation system filtering and transporting the dirty cells to the kidneys and liver for elimination. It takes approximately 24 hours for the body to process about three quarts of lymphatic fluid. When you add an injury, infection or surgery where lymph nodes are removed, the flow of fluid is hindered; hence you get edema (swelling).
Lymph edema is the chronic swelling of tissues due to blockages and lack of flow within the lymphatic system.
With manual lymphatic massage (MLD), versus “mechanically” induced, the effectiveness of the lymphatic system can be enhanced by manually assisting the flow, pushing the toxins and waste products through.
MLD of the face is particularly effective on congested sinus making breathing trough the nose more efficient.
The beauty of this technique is that it is slow, rhythmic and gentle, so relaxation is assured. As with any other massage technique, MLD can reduce the effects of depression and anxiety brought on by stress, thereby improving sleep. Your health and well being can be most definitely be improved and supported with this technique.
The technique, therefore, is gentle and specific to the flow pattern for a particular area, thus, in the field of massage therapy, you need to have advanced training.
- 30 minute session
- 60 minute session