Manual Lymph Drainage

encourages lymph fluid to drain away from a swollen area

Manual Lymph Drainage

Certified Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) was developed in Europe in the 1930s by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder. MLD is a precise, specialised hand technique used to gently pump and stretch the skin, stimulating the lymph fluid to remove toxins, metabolic waste products and excess fluid much quicker. By increasing the drainage within the body enhances the overall health of the cellular environment – the faster toxins are removed the quicker vital nutrients and minerals can get to the cells.

To name but a few, MLD can help with regeneration of scars, stimulate the immune system, help with bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, arthritis, acne, eczema, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto immune auto-immune disease, to stimulate the para-sympathetic system for help with stress, depression, insomnia, reduce pain, reduce muscle spasm, after trauma, (whiplash), after lacerations, post surgical, tissue swelling in the head from ear, nose, throat region, to help with headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, digestive issues such as bloating, IBS, to prepare and cleanse the body pre-surgery, to reduce inflammation and accelerate healing post-surgery.

Those experiencing any of the following should not receive Manual Lymphatic Drainage:

Contraindications (Absolute):

Acute infections, overactive thyroid (hormones flooding the blood), fever, serious circulatory problems (phlebitis, venous obstruction), cardiac arrhythmia, blood clots, hemorrhage, acute absence of urination, epilepsy (because of the danger of hyperventilation which might trigger seizures), blocked intestines, diverticulosis, abdominal aortal aneurysm (or after surgical treatment for same), massive arteriosclerotic changes (like metabolic disturbances such as diabetes mellitus), diseases involving inflammation of the intestines (colitis ulcerosa, Crohn’s disease), adhesions in the abdomen or the lower abdominal region after radiation therapy, radiation cystitis or colitis.

For any of following relative contraindications, please obtain a letter from your GP or other medical professional before booking a Manual Lymph Drainage massage.

Contraindications (Relative):

Edema, acute asthma, burns, fresh scars, bruises, eczema, abdominal surgery, gynecological cysts, pregnancy, cancer.

It takes a highly trained professional to perform the therapy properly as a very specific amount of pressure needs to be applied to stimulate the lymphatic system. The treatment should not be confused with traditional massage.

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Please note that appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at 50%. There is no cancellation fee for appointments cancelled with more than 24 hours notice.