The Lymphatic System acts as our body's "plumbing system." It is composed of vessels, nodes and ducts that play an integral role in our Immune System. The vessels move fluid (lymph) from tissues throughout the body to the lymph nodes. Lymph fluid is made of damaged cells, cancer cells, bacteria, viruses, protein, fats, minerals, and nutrients. The nodes filter the fluid and create immune cells (lymphocytes) to fight off germs and other harmful substances. From the nodes, the fluid continues through to the vessels until it reaches the collecting ducts that empty back into the bloodstream.
There is no pump to move lymph fluid like the heart moves blood through the Cardiovascular System. Lymph fluid movement relies on muscle contraction, respiratory movement, and tissue pressure. That's where Manual Lymphatic Drainage comes in!
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is quite different from massage. Rather than gliding over the client's skin with lotion or oil, this technique uses skin to skin contact that moves WITH the client's skin. The therapist uses gentle, slow, rhythmic movements along areas of lymphatic nodes and pathways. These movements encourage the lymph vessels to contract, which moves stagnant fluid between the tissues back into the blood stream.
MLD has be shown to be effective for:
**MLD should be avoided if you have any of the following: acute infections, malignant tumors, serious heart problems, and acute thrombosis. Your therapist will conduct a thorough health history and consult to determine if MLD is contraindicated.
Clear, simple, all-inclusive pricing. No up-charging for enhancements or different techniques. And gratuity is never expected.
90 Minutes is required for full-body treatments.
Ideal for concentrating on multiple areas of the body, but does not address full-body.
*If you are seeking a combination of Massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage, please see ‘Integrative Massage’ on the Therapeutic Massage page.