Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) – sometimes referred to as Lymphatic Drainage Massage – is a gentle bodywork technique aimed at stimulating and supporting the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system comprises lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes in a network across the entire body. It is often described as the body’s “garbage disposal system” as its primary role is to move excess fluid, toxins and other waste material from the body.
I like to think of lymphatics as more like the “Canals of Venice”, as it is also a transportation system for your infection fighting immune cells and your fat soluble vitamins and digestive fats.
MLD encourages the movement of lymphatic fluid which in turn helps to reduce fluid retention which can lead to pain and discomfort due the internal compression that excess fluid build-up can cause.
It’s important to note that this type of work is targeting the lymphatic system just underneath the skin, and not the muscles, and is therefore a very light pressured technique.
MLD can be helpful for a range of different lymphatic issues that can occur including:
- General fluid retention due to pregnancy or hot weather
- Lymphoedema management
- Lipoedema management
- Mastectomy and other cancer surgical procedures where lymph nodes are compromised or removed
- Other post-surgical fluid retention from abdominoplasty (“tummy tucks”), liposuction, fat transfers, and breast enhancement or reduction.
Applied MLD can also assist with:
- Bursitis, encapsulitis, tendonitis, sinusitis
- Post-surgical oedema
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Respiratory conditions
- Chronic inflammation
- Autoimmune conditions
The slow, repetitive strokes of MLD additionally have an effect on the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) – your “fight/flight” response – reducing SNS activity and encouraging deep relaxation.
Many clients report feeling relaxed and less anxious following a session, and improved sleep quality for 1-3 nights following MLD treatments. This is particularly beneficial for those who have experienced trauma related to their condition.
In an initial Manual Lymph Drainage session I usually focus on treating the front of the body as a priority. Draining the front of the body encourages full body drainage without the need to turn over on the table!
Your personal circumstances however are taken into consideration and all sessions are tailored to your specific needs.
60min Initial Manual Lymph Drainage – $130
45min Follow-up Manual Lymph Drainage – $115
60min Follow-up Manual Lymph Drainage – $130
75min Follow-up Manual Lymph Drainage – $155