Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit


Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) maximises the potential of the lymphatic system.

MLD as a therapy was refined in the 1930s by a Danish therapist called Dr Emil Vodder. Since Vodder’s pioneering work, modern research conducted by eminent leaders in the field of lymphology has shown us how this method so effectively influences both the lymphatic and nervous systems.

In the UK MLD is continuing to be more widely accepted as an important component in the treatment and maintenance of lymphoedema and gaining acceptance for the treatment of some skin conditions.

A well functioning lymphatic system contributes to healthy body tissue and plays an important part in the body’s immune responses.

MLD is a therapy which is designed to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system. This is primarily achieved through gentle, rhythmical movements of the skin which stimulate the contraction of the lymphatic vessels. As a result, a greater amount of the metabolic waste products and excess fluid are removed from the body’s tissues and enter the lymphatic system. The fluid is now known as lymph and passes through a series of lymph nodes where it is cleansed of dead cells, bacteria and other waste products. The clean lymph is then returned to the blood stream.

Where required, our practitioner will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner and other healthcare professionals.

The benefits

MLD is both preventative and remedial and can enhance your wellbeing. Furthermore, MLD:

  • Is deeply relaxing and gentle
  • Is particularly beneficial for those with sensitive skin as no oils or products are used
  • Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain
  • Can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions
  • May strengthen the immune system as part of a detox treatment
  • Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy
  • Is an effective component of the treatment and control of lymphoedema (which may occur after cancer treatment) and assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency
  • Promotes the healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars
  • Minimises or reduces stretch marks
  • Can be used to speed healing after cosmetic surgery
  • Can be used to help prepare and support the body for IVF treatment