Juliet Wagner
Thai Yoga Massage, Comfort Touch® and Manual Lymphatic Drainage
About Manual Lymphatic Drainage

 

The techniques of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) are designed to increase the flow and absorption of lymph fluid within the body. It has the potential to reduce inflammation, swelling, and enhance immunity. MLD accelerates the drainage of pain-signaling substances creating an analgesic effect, and the light, rhythmic pressure of MLD calms the nervous system. In cases of lymph node removal or scar tissue, MLD can redirect the fluid that causes edema or lymphedema, and reduce swelling in an extremity.

 

Conditions that respond favorably to MLD

Sprains and bruises

Whiplash

Post-surgical edema

Palliative and end-of-life care

Fibromyalgia

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Rheumatoid arthritis

Chronic pain

Diabetes and peripheral neuropathy

Symptoms from cancer treatment and lymphedema

Neurological and autoimmune disorders such as Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, lupus and traumatic brain injuries

Fibrocystic breast conditions

Lyme disease

Inflammation

Lipedema

 

What to expect from your MLD treatment

A full MLD session is performed on a massage table with the client unclothed since the techniques involve lightly stretching the skin. The lymphatic vessels lie underneath the skin, so gentle pressure is necessary to direct the lymph fluid towards the lymph nodes. Some deeper pressure will be used in the abdomen since the abdominal lymphatic vessels lie deeper in the body. (If you are unable to receive deep abdominal work due to certain conditions, there are lighter techniques and breathing exercises that will suffice.) Please contact me for more information or questions about whether MLD is right for you.

 

Note: The neck and face treatment does not need to be done on the massage table and can be added on to a Thai massage or Comfort Touch treatment. 

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