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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) for health


MLD is an advanced style of massage therapy that uses a range of specialised rhythmic pumping techniques designed to stimulate the flow of lymph. It is the lymphatic system that collects and eliminates excess body fluids and wastes from the body. It also plays an important role in our immunity by helping us to fight infections and disease. This system is found primarily in the superficial layers of the skin and as a result, MLD utilizes a very light, featherlike touch which makes it a very gentle and relaxing massage


MLD has many benefits including relaxation, and improving the condition of the skin. It can also be used to treat a wide range of conditions like toxin build up and fluid retention, constipation and other digestive disorders, recurring infections like colds or flu, stress and anxiety. MLD is particularly good for traumatic bruising and swelling, painful joints and muscles, oedema in arthritis or, in general, for those with poor mobility. MLD is very effective when used to alleviate sinusitis, acne, acne rosacea, cellulite and pregnancy related oedema. MLD calms the sympathetic nervous system which is essential in treating stress related illnesses and accelerating the healing process. MLD leaves you deeply relaxed, can help improve the quality of sleep, relieve constipation and generally aid digestion. MLD promotes the healing of wounds and burns and can improve the appearance of new and old scars. Because of its light touch and specialised techniques, it is a pain free skin approach ideal for fibromyalgia , polymyalgia and other touch sensitive maladies. MLD can be used immediately after an operation or injury to help ease the pain and reduce scarring. It also speeds recovery by helping the lymph system to rid the body of debris and wastes that accumulate in the injured area.

What to Expect during your treatment

Your initial treatment will be approximately 60 mins with a full consultation beforehand to determine the correct treatment for your needs. Unlike most other massage types, the majority of a lymph drainage massage is done on the front of the body as this is where most of the lymph nodes are found. The parts of the body and the sequence of the massage will be discussed before proceeding so you know exactly what to expect during the treatment. Subsequent treatments will be discussed with you, in accordance to your specific needs.

After Treatment Care

It is likely that you will feel tired after an MLD treatment. This is normal and a sign that the lymphatic system is working to rid the body of the fluids from the tissues You may also find yourself going to the bathroom more often and drinking more water than usual, again, this is a sign of a working lymphatic system. Avoiding stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and heavy foods will allow the system to work more efficiently. Everybody is different and the effects of an MLD treatment vary from person to person. Read More : Link to article above : The silent strengths of MLD

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