• 17 June 2022
    Manual lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

    Manual lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

    The Lymphatic system

    The lymphatic system in the body is an especially important system. It is comprised of a network of lymph vessels, nodes and several organs that help the body remove toxins, waste and other unwanted materials from the body. Lymph only flows in one direction and that is towards the neck. It re-enters the circulatory system in the chest. Its primary function is to transport lymph through-out the body by natural movements of the smooth muscle This fluid called Lymph contains among other things the white blood cells important in the role of controlling and preventing infections.

    Lymphatic system


    Surgery, medical conditions or damage to the lymph vessels or nodes via trauma can all cause fluids to build up in the lymph system and lymph nodes causing a condition known as lymphoedema.


    Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage


    MLD massage is a form of gentle, light touch massage using specialised and rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow.


    This rhythmic motion moves the lymph fluid out of the tissues and back into the circulatory system, removing toxins and waste products and excess fluid. Thereby creating space for fresh tissue fluid containing new nutrients to bathe the area.


    What are the benefits for MLD massage?


    • It is both preventative and remedial, it can enhance your well-being.
    • It is deeply relaxing.
    • Promotes healing of tissues, reduces swelling and therefore pain.
    • Relieves fluid congestion, swollen ankles/legs.
    • It is an effective treatment and control of lymphoedema and assists with conditions to do with venous insufficiency.
    • Can be used to speed up healing after cosmetic surgery (e.g. Liposuction).

    It can also be used as part of a ‘detox’ programme, and may help people who experience the following:

    • Lymphoedema
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Fatigue
    • Stress
    • Insominia
    • Skin disorders
    • Digestive problems

    For more information or to book an appointment contact Shirley Marriott        (mob) 07411 332510 or email shirleystherapies@gmail.com