Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is and isn’t a massage. It feels much lighter than regular massage because it is only supposed to move lymph, right under the skin. It isn’t supposed to increase blood flow hence doesn’t engage muscles. Treatment follows prescribed pathways and involves several repetitions of techniques, so will in general only cover up to three body parts in one session. Its most popular applications are:
- ‘Detox’: MLD reduces fluid retention and has a tonic effect on internal peristalsis, which in turn aids digestion. It helps boost a sluggish immune system, e.g. shift a lingering infection. Its creator, Dr Vodder, recommended that even a healthy person have a course of MLD treatments once a year. It is also a very popular ‘detox’ option to prepare the body for conception because it balances the body and its hormones before, during and after pregnancy – adding nothing toxic. Leading fertility expert Zita West recommends MLD.
- Rejuvenation: MLD facials clean and clear the skin, improve skin conditions and can reduce puffiness around the eyes.
- Removal of excess fluid and waste, decongestion: recommended to people with low activity, those standing on their feet all day, or to pregnant women with swollen ankles. Can positively affect migraine, arthritic problems, eye and ear problems (‘glue ear’ in children) and congested sinus. It is always worth thinking through a condition and whether moving lymph can improve it.
- Speeding up healing of burns and scars, fractures, torn ligaments, sprains, post-surgery fluid retention. Very popular post-cosmetic surgery (vaser lipo), with daily MLD treatments reducing swelling and bruising, and working on lumps that naturally form during the healing process.
- The effects of MLD on the nervous system make it one of the most relaxing treatments. Perfect for stress and pain control and to improve quality of sleep.
For more information about MLD, listen to my interview on Brooklands Radio, November 2011:
Note: for the time being I don’t offer treatment for lymphoedema or lipoedema, but I can refer you on, to a practitioner specialising in Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) £63
Decongestant (3 treatments over two weeks) £174 (can also be used for a mild ‘detox’)
Annual Detox (6 treatments over one month) £318
Fertility Detox (6 treatments over one month) £318 (for natural conception or pre/post IVF)
Post-Lipo* (6 treatments) £348
*Post-lipo MLD treatment is more intense and should be carried out as soon as possible after your procedure – I will accommodate as far as availability permits, but I recommend booking in advance.