Manual Lymphatic Drainage

massagefloridamanuallympathicdrainageManual Lymphatic Drainage (M.L.D.) was developed in the U.K., and it is a highly advanced form of massage using gentle, rhythmic pumping and percussive techniques to stimulate the flow of the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system absorbs fluid, macromolecules, microorganisms, toxins, waste products and foreign substances from the interstitial tissue. Numerous substances (electrolytes, proteins, hormones, toxins, debris) and immuno-competent cells (lymphocytes, macrophages) pass through the regional lymph nodes, where this fluid is filtered, purified and concentrated.

The lymphatic flow can stagnate for many reasons, such as swelling, chronic inflammation, lack of physical activity, stress, fatigue, emotional shock, age, etc. When lymphatic circulation slows down, the regeneration of cells becomes less effective. This condition allows toxins and proteins to accumulate around the cells, causing cellular oxygenation to decrease and tissue regeneration to diminish.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is both preventative and therapeutic. Besides being sensationally pleasing, the technique helps to detoxify the body, relieve chronic disorders like sinusitis and arthritis, remediate back pain and headache, and improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks. A treatment phase always begins with an extensive consultation with a therapist, and subsequent sessions last one hour each.

It is performed on a draped client on a table.