This is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body. Developed in France in 1932 by Emil and Estrid Vodder, MLD has grown to be the most well known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues.

Decongestive effect The lymphatic system is a kind of “one-way street”, which ultimately transports the lymphatic load (protein, fat, cellular and water load) from the tissue back into the circulatory system. The lymph fluids are the waste removal system of the body. Wherever “waste” (toxins, proteins, detritus from wounds) is produced, the lymphatic system must act in order to drain such waste. The MLD massage technique induces a pumping effect in the tissue. The lymphatic pathways’ own rhythm is accelerated to up to 20 times its normal rate. This enhanced drainage effect results in rapid decongestion and restoration of normal tissue condition.

Relaxing and calming Manual Lymph Drainage is very soothing and frequently patients doze off within minutes. Steady and rhythmic hand strokes by a good therapist are the prerequisite for successful treatment. Try a series of 6 x 30 minutes lymph drainage sessions, it is a wonderful preventive measure against burnout.

Analgesic effect MLD stimulates large skin areas, thus reducing the feeling of pain. Moreover, MLD results in pain mediators being drained into the lymphatic system more rapidly, so that they are no longer active in the tissue.

Immunological effect It is thought that this therapy also has an immune enhancing effect (not proven, research continues). MLD helps accelerate the transportation of bacteria and allergens to the places where part of the body’s defense system is located in the lymph nodes. Reduction of stress and chronic pain can also contribute to improved immunity.

Main uses


Pre and post surgery including cosmetic surgery

Pregnancy – swollen ankles


Aid recovery from injury including bone fractures

Stress and anxiety