Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage can be helpful:
- In reducing swelling & puffiness, eg in pregnancy or after injury
- After surgery which has damaged or removed lymph nodes (eg mastectomy)
- After liposuction & cosmetic surgical procedures
- For improving cellulite
- As a parallel treatment to scar-tissue reduction massage
- For those detoxing and/or on rapid weight-loss programmes and wanting to flush waste products from their system
- To those suffering from limb fluid-retention due to a sedentary lifestyle, eg the elderly, wheel-chair users
- In managing the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- For lingering sinusitis and allergic-response congestion (eg hayfever)
- For those who experience frequent colds, chest infections, sore throats etc
- Before & after long-haul air travel
- As a relaxation aid for people experiencing anxiety, depression or insomnia
- For those who often get migraine headaches
- For managing arthritis symptoms such as joint swelling and inflammation
What is MLD Massage?
A specialist light-touch therapy which increases the flow of lymph around the body, aiding the removal of toxins, excess water, bacteria, metabolic waste and foreign substances from congested tissues or generally sluggish systems.
The lymphatic system is strongly involved in our bodies' immune response, so when it becomes less effective, eg due to poor diet, injury, infection or sedentary lifestyle, manual encouragement of lymphatic flow can be beneficial in boosting immunity and for the maintenance of good health.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is extremely safe and non-invasive. It does not involve the 'massage of muscles', but the systematically applied stimulation of skin-receptors. In turn, these generate tiny muscular pulse-activity in lymphatic vessels beneath the skin surface, which then pump lymph through the body at an increased rate. Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage therefore feels super-light in comparison to other types of massage therapy and due to its rhythmic application is also incredibly soothing and relaxing.
Treatment is always tailored to the goals of each client, but is usually best (especially in cases involving oedema) delivered several times in the first week in conjunction with excellent self-care (eg gentle exercise and the avoidance of alcohol and salty/processed foods). The course of treatment is then usually extended less frequently over the next few weeks.
What happens during Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
The client relaxes on a massage couch whilst their therapist employs highly accurate, rhythmic, 1mm-deep skin movement techniques over key lymphatic sites across the body. The flow of treatment draws lymph along its natural anatomically-directional pathways, clearing blockages and encouraging increased lymphatic flow. No massage oil is used.
At the time of making your appointment, you will be asked about your reason for booking Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, as it is helpful for me to understand in advance what sort of treatment you need. If you require a longer course of treatment, eg following cosmetic surgery or liposuction, more detail about the type of surgical procedure you have planned will be required and it is recommended that you book your series of appointments as much in advance as possible, in order to ensure availability on the schedule of manual lymphatic drainage massage prescribed by your surgeon.
Before commencing your treatment we will also conduct a full health and well-being assessment in order to understand whether you have any conditions or issues which might be affected by manual lymphatic drainage massage. It is an opportunity to ask any questions you might have and for me to understand exactly what you are hoping to achieve through your treatment.
This initial assessment process takes approx 20-30 minutes and is free of charge. At subsequent appointments, we naturally review any health changes and your progress before proceeding.