What is Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)?
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a special type of massage therapy that helps to move lymphatic fluid along its drainage pathways. The lymphatic system is very superficial, just below the skin, so it requires very light, fine movements to move lymph fluid.
The goal with MLD is to:
Reduce the fluid volume of the area being treated
Soften tissue that has become hard due to fluid accumulation over an extended period of time
Reduce symptoms of many different injuries/disorders/pathologies
Improve the healing environment in the tissues
What to expect during and after MLD?
During a lymph drainage massage, a specially-trained massage therapist uses a series of gliding, compressing, stretching, and cupping motions over the client’s body. The light rhythmic movements, applied without massage oil, stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels – allowing lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes. MLD follows a specific sequence over the body so lymph isn’t trapped anywhere, making sure every area is treated with care.
What happens after?
The lymphatic drainage will help reduce water retention and bloat, according to anecdotal evidence and reviews, which will provide a visual slimming effect. After a lymphatic massage, it can help promote a contouring effect while also promoting relaxation.
In the body, having a clear lymphatic system means that immune cells can reach invading viruses, bacteria, and the like as soon as they are detected. If the immune system gets to these invaders fast enough, they don’t have a chance to multiply and make us sick.