Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) therapy

By Maren CollinsCMT

The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining ahealthy fluid balance in your body. Lymphocytes and other antibodies within the lymph (the fluid of thelymphatic system) defend your body from disease. The lymphatic system is part of your immunesystem. Lymph fluid circulates tocleanse and nourish body tissue and eliminates metabolic waste such as excesswater and proteins. Additionally the lymphatic system aids in eliminatingviruses, bacteria, dead cells, minerals and fat molecules all enhancing yourimmune function. Effective circulationof lymph fluid will promote good health.

Since the lymphatic system has no pump, the lymph fluid mustrely on movement of muscles and pulsation of the arteries in order to circulateproperly. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)therapy, with its gentle techniques, can manually remove blockages in the lymphsystem and restore proper flow. Therevived lymph system cleanses body tissue of accumulatedtoxins, and pollutants, boosting the immune response. MLD can also beneficially effect theautonomic nervous system, moderating stress and increasing relaxation. Although MLD involves a light touch, it isnot a simple technique. Each area of thebody requires a different sequence of unique techniques performed according to natural lymph flow anddrainage.  Dr. Emil Vodder established this technique in the 1930’s andhis original program is taught.

What To Expect

NormalResponses to Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD):

Feelingof lightness

Increasedsense of wellbeing

Returnto normal skin color


Senseof fluid movement, especially extremities



Drinking water isan excellent way to enhance your response to MLD, both before and after.

Unusual responses to MLD:



heightenedsensitivity to touch

These exceptional symptoms are theresult of unaccustomed fluid movement in your lymph system flushing toxins outof the tissues.

Should you have questions about how MLDmight help you please call 650.348-4233

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