Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Treatment Info

What is MLD?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a skin therapy that stimulates the flow of lymph in the lymphatic vessels to eliminate waste products and to boost your body’s defences.

The lymphatic system is an important part of the body’s defences against infection. It is made up of groups of lymph nodes throughout the body, connected by a network of lymphatic vessels. It contains cells which fight infection, transports excess fluid from body tissues and gets rid of waste and bacteria.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is what we call a “skin technique” rather than a massage in which the MLD therapist uses specialized, infinitely light, rhythmic pumping techniques on the skin in order encourage lymph to move in the direction in which the skin is being stretched. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products.

MLD though light in its application, it has a very profound effect on the body and for this reason is used to help to treat a variety of conditions. The treatment is gentle, rhythmic and relaxing to receive and has a calming effect on the nervous system, alleviating stress and releasing chronic tension as well as cleansing the whole system.

Here are some of the main applications:

  • Primary/secondary Lymphoedema.
  • Venous oedema.
  • Lipoedema.
  • Post-operative oedema following cosmetic surgery.
  • Positive effects on the immune system
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions such as sinusitis and arthritis
  • It also helps to eliminate retained fluid associated with swollen ankles, painful breasts, pregnancy, puffy eyes, the menopause and PMT.
  • Recurrent infections, colds and flu may be prevented by regular treatment
  • Overall poor general health can show marked signs of improvement.

Not only is MLD used for more serious pathologies, it is a useful and very efficient therapy for general wellbeing, relaxation and detoxing.

A common problem when lymph nodes have been removed is to get swelling, congestion and discomfort and regular MLD is excellent at helping to keep this manageable.

Jean has decades of experience in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, the treatment takes an hour and she will tailor it to your specific needs

Performed By
Jean Shaw



1 hour
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