Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD)
A relaxing drainage massage to detoxify and eliminate toxins and excess fluid using a blend of active ingredients and essential oils including Cucumber, Mint, Lemon, Bay and Helichrysum to whip sluggish systems into shape.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) is a gentle treatment with powerful and profound effects. using specialised rhythmic movements that stimulates the skin in the direction of the lymphatic flow and assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the bodies fluid balance, immune system and circulatory system; it also assists in reducing toxins in the body and is an ideal body tonic to kick start positive changes to a healthy lifestyle.
The techniques used in this treatment involve massaging with very gentle upward and circular strokes to encourage the fluid to move into vessels. These techniques result in a treatment that is extremely soothing and deeply relaxing.
PLEASE NOTE: As this treatment stimulates the Lymph and detoxification of the body you may experience a contra-action or Healing Reaction up to 24-48 hours after treatment, it is therefore vital to follow the aftercare given by your therapist.
We recommend that your initial appointment should not be no more than 30 minutes.
What is the Lymphatic system and how does it work?
The lymphatic system is made up of large vessels that run through the body and transports a clear fluid called lymph which carries immune cells to tissues and organs to help fight infection. It is our body’s way of filtering excess fluid, toxins and waste.
It is part of the circulatory system and is comprised of a network of very fine lymphatic vessels, which are somewhat similar to blood vessels. Unlike the circulation of the blood, the lymphatic system has no pumping mechanism. Instead it relies, for example, on muscular movement and breathing to assist the flow of the lymph fluid.
Health conditions,stress and unhealthy lifestyles can interrupt the flow which causes lymph fluid to build up and cause swelling or become stagnant, MLD stimulates the lymphatic system and promote sthe flow of lymph around the body, refreshing the immune system and draining out toxinpromoting increasing wellbeing and optimum health.
Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage include:
- Helps to move lymphatic fluid around the body.
- Helps to increase the flow of toxins through the body and back to the organs that eliminate them such as the spleen and liver.
- Cleanses muscles and tissue by pulling toxins out of the tissue and pushing the fluid back to the organs of elimination.
- Helps to boost the immune system by increasing the circulation of antibodies that fight infection.
- Reduces water retention and improves drainage of puffy, swollen tissues and Lymphedema, relieves heavy and tired legs and relieves pain and stiffness in areas where fluid retention is a problem.
- Can improve flexibility and increases the range of movement in areas affected by fluid retention.
- Fluid retention can result in weight gain. MLD may help with weight loss if this is the case.
- Increases metabolism and boosts digestion, reducing bloating and constipation.
- Improves blood circulation as well as drainage of lymphatic fluid.
- Improves skin texture and combats cellulite.
- Relieves stress and stress-related conditions as it is a deeply soothing treatment.
- Increases overall health and wellbeing.
Who can benefit from MLDM?
MLD can help with a wide range of conditions, not just lymphoedema, regular treatments can be of benefit for the following conditions:
- Lymphedema or Edema
How long will the benefits last?
The benefits of MLD will last for varying amounts of time, depending upon the health condition, level of activity and lifestyle of the recipient. Physical movement is the primary stimulator of the body’s natural ability to drain lymphatic waste.
People who exercise regularly and who enjoy a healthy diet of foods that produce less toxic waste can usually experience the effects of lymphatic drainage massage for a longer period. People who suffer from underlying health conditions which contribute to the build-up of lymphatic waste.
What to Expect during MLD?
Unlike a traditional massage like swedish and deep tissue massage , MLD focuses on using feather light pressure and circular movements no greater than the pressure it’d take for your finger to move skin. MLD is applied in gentle strokes towards the heart. Your therapist will gently massage you in the direction of lymph flow in order to unblock any obstructed lymph vessels, and allow lymph flow to transport waste from the body freely, resulting in a general detoxification of the system.
It also differs from traditional styles of massage because it focuses on the body’s lymphatic system instead of the skin, muscles, and joints. Where traditional methods apply movements as a full body massage, MLD work is performed in a specific and concentrated manner to one area or quadrant of the body.
The following strokes are the basis of an MLD Treatment:
- Stationary Circles – These strokes are applied with the palmar surfaces of the fingers or hand, stretching the skin continuously with an oval- or spiral-shaped motion. These movements are typically used on the lymph node areas in the groin or armpits, and also on the neck and face.
- Pump Technique – Therapists use the entire palm of the hand and upper parts of the fingers to apply circular pressure to the skin. The pump techniques are used mostly to manipulate the lymphatic vessels in the extremities, using one or both hands.
- Scooping Technique – Scoops are applied mainly to the body’s lower extremities in a spiral-shaped movement. Palms face up, fingers outstretched (like a scoop), this is a dynamic movement performed with either one hand or alternating hands.
- Rotary Technique – This stroke is used on the larger surfaces of the body. The entire surface of the hand and fingers are performed using elliptical movements and applied in a continuous, dynamic way. Typically this is applied with one hand, but like scooping, if both hands are used, it is in alternating strokes.
TREATMENT INFORMATION, ADVICE AND AFTERCARE
To achieve maximum benefits from your treatment, we recommend following some basic tips and advice.
With all our therapies, a one-off treatment will always be beneficial, especially when particularly stressed. However, the best way to reduce stress levels and maintain balance and wellbeing is to incorporate regular treatments into your lifestyle. Our recommendation is to have an initial course of treatments either on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and then regular monthly treatments. Full aftercare advice is given during your treatment.
If you are unsure which treatment to choose please contact our therapists for advice and to discuss your options further.
Professional massage, holistic and complimentary therapies are not meant to replace any medication, medical treatments or regular check-ups with your GP.
Our top tips
- You can expect to feel relaxed and calm after a treatment, try to arrange to have your massage when you have a little time to enjoy its benefits.
- Do not shower or bathe directly after a treatment for at least 6 – 8 hours. The essential oils used, need to penetrate the skin in order to be absorbed into the system to achieve optimum results.
- Discuss the possibility of other treatment options with your therapist to assist with stress and other conditions, if necessary.
- Remember Louise’s golden rule of “Drink plenty of water to assist in the elimination of toxins from the body”.
Before your appointment
- Please arrive for your appointment clean and smelling fresh.
- Women – Knickers must be worn but you can choose to go topless.
- Men – Boxers / briefs must be worn! If you arrive not wearing any, we will provide you with a pair of disposable boxer at an additional £1 charge
- Remove all jewellery.
- Leave your worries behind you!
After your appointment
- Get plenty of rest. You may feel tired after treatment, allow time to rest and relax mentally and physically.
- Listen to your body, if you feel tired try having a nap, if you feel full of energy go for a short walk but DO NOT overexert yourself.
- Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours, as massage is a detoxifying treatment.
- Eat a light diet to assist the detoxification and healing process.
- Avoid eating a heavy meal after the treatment.
- Avoid smoking.
- Cut down on consumption of teas, coffee and alcohol.
- Postural exercises and gentle stretching can help with muscle tension as well as exercises that will assist with mobility.
- Do breathing exercises to assist with taking in oxygen to your fullest capacity
- If oils have been used in your hair apply shampoo to hair before wetting it and massage into hair, this will help dissolve the oil easier.
Occasionally, you may experience any of the following reactions up to 24-48 hours after treatment; this is known as a contra-action or a ‘Healing Reaction’ and is the body’s response to the treatment:
- Localised tenderness, aching or soreness within the muscles.
- Dizziness or nausea.
- Flu like symptoms.
- Increased trips to the toilet.
- Increased thirst.
- Fatigue, restlessness and inability to settle/sleep and a disrupted sleeping pattern.
- Feeling tearful.
These reactions are uncommon but perfectly normal and show that toxins are being expelled from the body, so that it may re-balance and cleanse itself, and you will feel a greater sense of well- being afterwards. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us on 01458 835952.
- Drinking water or herbal teas can help speed up this process and reduce symptoms.
- Please take the time to tell us if you experienced any of the above the next time you come for a treatment, so you can get the best possible treatment.
- In the unlikely event that you experience any severe pain or discomfort, please seek advice from your GP.