Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is an extremely gentle treatment, which involves delicate movements of the skin to stimulate movement of the lymphatic system – increasing drainage, cleansing, and the delivery of nutrients to cells. Its clarifying and nourishing properties make it a wonderful overall support for health and wellbeing. 

The process is believed to enhance immunity, and may lead to an increase of lymphocytes – the white blood cells which target illness.

Treatments involve slow, repetitive rhythmic movements, which have been shown to be profoundly calming to the nervous system, and it is deeply relaxing and soothing to receive – often to the point of sleep.

The work also has significant pain relieving effects, thought to be due to its cleansing and calming actions, and possibly also an inhibitory nerve response to the light repetitive movements.

Manual lymphatic drainage is an excellent treatment for a wide range of conditions, – as discussed further below. Please do also feel free to contact me with any questions.

I am trained in the Dr. Vodder method, with the Dr. Vodder Academy International.


~ Further reading ~

The lymphatic circulation is the body’s primary immune system, collecting waste products and pathogens from the tissues, and combating any infection, antigens, or foreign matter. 

It is also the sole means of draining excess fluid from connective tissue, – the ground substance in which all of the structures of the body are held. As such, it is key in regulating and cleansing the fluid of the body, – and the word ‘lymph’ actually stems from the Latin ‘limpidus’ – meaning ‘clear water’.   

Manual lymphatic drainage involves light, delicate movements of the skin, which have been shown to increase the speed of the drainage and pumping actions of the lymphatic system. This accelerates the removal of excess fluid from the tissues, so that any stagnation, waste products or toxins are moved through more rapidly, – cleansing the area, and enabling fresh nutrients – vitamins, minerals, proteins and glucose – to reach the cells earlier. This process is thought to have the potential to prolong the life of the cells.  

Our connective tissue has thixotropic properties, meaning that it transforms between a gel – more solid state, and a sol – more liquid state, according to temperature and pressure conditions. Manual lymphatic drainage precipitates the sol, liquid state, – further enhancing the free movement of fluid and substances in cleansing and nourishment.

M.L.D. is consequently believed to accelerate healing following injury, infection, or surgery, and has also been found to be very effective in relieving skin blemishes – including acne, scar tissue, and burns. In recent years, it has also become popular as a cosmetic treatment – particularly for the face and neck – thanks to its potential to nourish and enhance the condition of the skin.

The gentle, quite specific techniques of M.L.D. have been developed to be highly efficient in removing excess fluid and inflammation, making it invaluable in the treatment of oedema, as well as an excellent support for chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis and asthma.

Its anti-inflammatory actions are also very effective in clearing the ‘head fog’ which can accompany fatigue, and for migraines and headaches.

The cleansing effects are thought to contribute to its significant analgesic actions, as chemical pain triggers are flushed from the tissues. Its light, repetitive movements are also thought to have an inhibitory effect on the nociceptors, or pain sensor nerves, following the ‘gate control’ theory – and it is a recognised support for chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia. 

This work is an excellent support for general health and wellbeing, – through relaxation, pain relief, cleansing, and potential immune support. Its gentleness makes it highly suitable for most people – and a wide range of conditions and symptoms.

Please feel free to be in touch with any questions about manual lymphatic drainage, and how it may be of help.