Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage can be helpful:


- In reducing swelling & puffiness, eg after injury

- 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 (but not acute allergy)

- 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

I am a member of MLD UK and my qualifications are accredited by the Dr Vodder Academy International. 

Please note that my MLD treatments are suitable for people with a functional lymphatic system; people diagnosed with lymphoedema require a more specialised form of treatment (which may include compression bandaging etc) which I do not currently offer.

Treatment is always tailored to the goals of each client and discussed in detail during your first visit, but it is important for clients to understand that MLD works best with treatment repetition, ideally several times in the first weeks of treatment, in order to increase lymphatic flow for long enough to have an effect on any tissue congestion. The course of treatment is then usually extended less frequently over the next few weeks. Feel free to ask what schedule is recommended for your particular goals. A single treatment is good for relaxation purposes, but will not be maximally effective for therapeutic goals.

Prices (for treatments at the practice)

MLD 1st appointments: £75 (75mins)

A 75 min appointment is required for all 1st MLD appointments at Richmond Park Therapies.

MLD subsequent appointments: £65 (60mins) OR £70 (70mins)

Most subsequent & maintenance MLD appointments last 60 mins. If you are using MLD for deep-relaxation, have a complex medical case, or have had extensive cosmetic surgery/liposuction to multiple body areas at the same time however, you may require 70 mins follow-up appointments. In each of these cases, please call/email before booking to check.

If you wish to book a number of MLD appointments, you will be asked to pay a booking fee by bank transfer to secure the appointment schedule. This will be held and used toward your final appointment (unless previously deducted as a late cancellation/no show fee).

MLD Packages:

10 appointments (1st 75 mins + 9 subsequent 60 mins): £630

10 appointments (1st 75 mins + 9 subsequent 70 mins): £665

Terms & Conditions are applicable - NB: Packages are not available on the booking system & must be requested by telephone or email PRIOR to booking an appointment.


If you wish to book treatment at your home rather than at the practice due to post-surgical immobility, you will need to obtain and accept a quote for additional costs prior to booking. Please see the FAQs page for details.

lady having manual lymphatic drainage treatment after liposuction
manual lymphatic drainage of the face
manual lymphatic drainage massage to the foot to reduce swollen ankles

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

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 (MLD) 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 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 edema (swelling caused by excess fluid) daily 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.

You should not receive Lymphatic Drainage when you have:

- Untreated malignant disease, including tumour recurrence or metastases.

- Acute inflammation eg caused by bacteria, viruses, chemicals etc.

- Acute allergic reaction.

- Cardiac insufficiency of any kind

- Acute phlebitis or thrombosis (incl. DVT)

There are other health conditions which require modification of MLD treatment, which will be discussed with you at consultation if applicable to you, as identified via your Health Information Form.

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 although in some cases a fine (chalk or corn-based) powder may be used to improve the therapist's slide across the skin.

Health Consultation

At the time of making your appointment, you will be asked about your reason for booking Manual Lymphatic Drainage, 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 via a telephone conversation in advance of booking and it is recommended that you do this - and book your appointments in full - as much in advance as possible to ensure therapist availability in line with the schedule of manual lymphatic drainage prescribed by your surgeon.


Before your first visit, you will be asked to complete a health consultation form so that understand if there are any issues that may affect your treatment. There may be follow-up questions from that which will either be emailed to you or discussed further when you arrive. If you have a complex health history or would simply prefer to have a conversation rather than fill out a form, a telephone call can be arranged prior to your first visit and takes approx 10-15 minutes (and is free of charge). 


At any subsequent appointments, we will review any health changes since your last appointment when you arrive, before proceeding with treatment.

Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2         9am-6pm: 07791 966278