WHAT IS MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE (MLD) AND WHO IS IT GOOD FOR?
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is recommended for people who want to reduce oedema, puffiness or swelling. It is especially useful for individuals, who seem to suffer regularly from common illnesses like colds and flu and those who have sedentary lifestyles.
In today’s western culture diet can also stress the lymphatic system with excess wastes, toxins and lack of fluid contributing to a sluggish lymphatic system.
Patients can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage Massage as part of a detoxification program leading to improved energy an increase in cellular oxygenation and enhanced immunity. The aim of the massage is to move fluid from the swollen area into an area where the lymphatic system is working normally.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Manual Lymph Drainage is extremely gentle and feels wonderfully relaxing. Most patients either fall asleep or go into a highly relaxed state, due to the slow, gentle rhythmic motions involved, which stimulate the movement of lymph through the lymph vessels.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MLD MASSAGE?
-Facilitates general feeling of health and vitality.
-Improves appearance of skin, reduces puffiness and water retention especially during pregnancy. Also assists with poor circulation.
-Stimulates the lymphatic system, boosting the immunity.
-As with other massage, it can help with pain from fractures, sprains and rheumatism, as it promotes the body’s own healing mechanisms.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
Depending on the reasons for the treatment, quantity and time of treatments will vary. You can have up to three treatments a week of between 20minutess-1hour. This needs to be discussed with your MLD therapist.
CONDITIONS THAT ARE CONTRA-INDICATED TO MLD MASSAGE ARE:
An infection or inflammation in the swollen area.
A blood clot.
Active cancer in the area.
*If you are unsure about having MLD please consult your doctor and/or the MLD specialist before commencing treatments.*