It is NOT Lymphatic Massage or Lymph Drainage Massage….MLD is a specialised therapy designed to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system and so enhancing the overall status of the immune system. Specific movements of the skin stimulate the contractions of the lymphatic vessels so a greater amount of metabolic waste products, excess fluid, and valuable substances are removed from the tissues and returned to the lymphatic system for eventual redistribution or elimination.
Since the lymphatic system has no pump, the lymph fluid must rely on the movement of muscles and the diaphram and the pulsation of the arteries in order to circulate properly. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) therapy, with its gentle techniques, can manually remove blockages in the lymph system and restore proper lymph flow. The revived lymph system cleanses body tissue of accumulated toxins and pollutants, boosting the immune response and generally rejuvenating body tissue.
Manual lymph drainage can also help balance the autonomic nervous system, reducing stress and increasing the bodys ability to relax. Although MLD involves a light touch, it is not a simple technique. Each area of the body requires a different sequence of precise hand movements applied in a series of repititions. MLD must be performed according to the bodys natural lymph flow. Particular conditions, such as edema or tendonitis, require attention to specific areas of the body.