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
Palliative and end-of-life care
Chronic fatigue syndrome
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
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.