Manual Lymph Drainage Massage

Manual Lymph Drainage Massage

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) was developed in Copenhagen in the 1930s by Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid and brought to the US in 1980s by Dr. Robert Lerner.

Manual Lymph Drainage uses light, rhythmic touch to encourage healthy lymph flow within the body to improve the function of the immune system. Unlike your circulatory system (blood) which is pumped by the heart, the lymphatic system does not have a pump of its own and only flows in one direction.

Lymph fluid is extra fluid that drains from cells and tissues that is not reabsorbed into your system, as well as other substances such as proteins, minerals, fats, nutrients, damaged or cancer cells, and foreign invaders (bacteria, viruses, etc.) that is filtered through your lymph nodes and then returned into the bloodstream. The effects of Manual Lymph Drainage include pain relief, deep relaxation, fluid balance, intestinal function, and strengthening of the immune system. MLD is indicated for many pathologies such as long or post COVID, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, allergies, Lyme disease, alopecia, neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, acne, diabetes, scars (such as c-section) and can reduce the appearance of cellulite!

How often should one come in for Manual Lymph Drainage treatment?


Similar to massage, MLD benefits are best when received on a regular basis. There are many options to incorporate this modality into your wellness routine. One method is to “Jump start” your system with a restore package, which includes (2) 60 minute and (2)-105 minute sessions completed as close as possible within a 30 day time frame. Once those sessions are completed, maintaining an MLD session once every 4-6 weeks is optimal. You can also incorporate MLD into your 90 minute massage session with a combination of traditional massage followed by an MLD treatment. This is a great option for those on the fence. Whatever your decision may be, the MLD technique may change your view of bodywork.

There are a few conditions in which MLD is contraindicated such as major organ failure (heart, liver, kidney, etc.), DVT/blood clots (within the past 2 years), pregnancy-related morning sickness, and infections to name a few. Please check with your medical provider and the MLD therapist about any concerns prior to scheduling your treatment.

You can remain clothed for a stand-alone Manual Lymph Drainage full body or head, neck, and face treatment session, or can also be completed in conjunction with a deep tissue or Swedish-style massage. It is recommended that you drink 16 oz of water just before and after your Manual Lymph Drainage session. 640 Massage Therapies can help you start your MLD journey, call us or book online today!

Additional Information:
Major organ failure (heart/kidney/liver)
DVT/blood clots (within past 2 years)
Infections (including dental)
Cancer (active)- MD clearance for treatment post active
High risk pregnancy
1st trimester of pregnancy and Morning sickness (any trimester)
Flu or fever
Skin irritation/rashes
Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)- also known as stroke
Recent sutures
Open wounds
COVID 19 (active)

Extra precautions:
Edema following cancer treatment
Thyroid dysfunction
Chronic inflammation
Bronchial asthma
Hypotension/AFIB(blood thinners)
Diabetes (uncontrolled)

Discover the rejuvenating benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage Massage at 640 Health. Elevate your well-being with expert health therapies for a revitalized you.

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