Manual Lymph Drainage is an advanced gentle therapeutic technique developed in Europe by Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid Vodder.  In 1932, Dr. Vodder and his wife Estrid of Copenhagen, Denmark were working as massage therapists in Cannes, France on the French Riviera.  The majority of their patients were English who were there to recover from chronic colds caused by the permeating dampness of their homeland.  Dr. Vodder discovered all the patients had swollen lymph nodes in their necks.  At that time, the lymphatic system was taboo for massage therapists, as well as, for physicians.  Dr. Vodder broke the taboo and treated the swollen lymph nodes intuitively and successfully.  The colds vanished.  He went on to develop MLD.


Manual lymphatic drainage is a highly skilled, manual technique in which the therapist applies light pressure massage to specific areas of the skin and body surface in order to open lymphatic vessels and promote lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels throughout the body that is designed to drain fluid from the tissues of the body and return the fluid to the circulatory system. The lymphatic system is also an integral part of the immune system.

Scientific studies have proven that the immune system is supported and even boosted as a result of receiving regular MLD treatments.  A sluggish lymphatic system increases the chance of chronic illness and disease.

MLD is recognized as the number one therapy for treating and maintaining primary and secondary lymphedema.  Additionally, it has been used in the treatment of over sixty lesser pathologies.

MLD is very effective in countering the body’s natural inflammatory response following soft tissue trauma.  These include sprains and fractures, and swellings from sports injuries.  Orthopedic surgeries and replacements, and orthodontal surgery.  As a basic rule, the less swelling that occurs, the less bruising and pain will subsequently follow.  If received in a timely manner, MLD can dramatically shorten the route to recovery.

Manual Lymph Drainage is gentle, rhythmical, and soothes the nervous system. Studies have shown improved results for those with PTSD (Post Traumatic Sress Disorder).  Its analgesic effect “closes the gates” which sends pain signals to the brain.

Conditions Treated

Post-mastectomy edema
Post-hysterectomy edema
Varicose veins
Post-surgical preparation
Pre-surgery preparation
Post-surgery recovery
Pre/post cosmetic surgery
Post-vein stripping

Ear, Nose & Throat
Allergies/hay fever
Meniere’s disease

Tension headaches
Neuralgia, RSD
Multiple sclerosis
Parkinson’s disease
Carpal Tunnel syndrome
Stress reduction

Leg ulcers

Chronic Fatigue
Toxic Poisoning

Facial Rejuvenation

Muscle/ligament tears
Rheumatoid arthritis
Neck Pain/Whiplash
Chronic pain (all)

Low Back Pain

Shoulder Pain

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