Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)

Lymphatic drainage is a gentle form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, improving the metabolism, helping the body to eliminate waste and toxins and providing a boost to the immune system. It increases oxygenation of the body and promotes natural healing, resistance to and recovery from infection.

The lymphatic system is a system of vessels which rely on muscular movement to transport fluid between the lymph glands. It is responsible for helping excess fluid, toxins and waste leave the body and for regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, fluid builds up and stagnates and the body becomes toxic, making us feel sluggish and more susceptible to viral or contagious diseases.

Lymphatic drainage massage is especially useful for individuals who seem to suffer regularly from common illnesses like colds and flu, persistent headaches or sinus congestion, and anyone recovering from infection, chronic tiredness, swelling or oedema. It has a noticeable physical effect in improving the appearance of the skin and reducing puffiness caused by water retention, cellulite, poor circulation or pregnancy. A treatment can facilitate general feelings of health and vitality and is excellent therapy for anyone with low energy levels. And, as with other forms of massage, it can help with pain from muscular injury, sprains and rheumatism, and it promotes the body’s own healing mechanisms. It is often used before and after surgery to remove tissue congestion and minimize scar formation.

Unlike some other forms of massage, lymphatic drainage uses a very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. The process can take anywhere from 30 minutes with the masseur concentrating on a localised area, to two hours when working on the whole body.

Manual lymphatic drainage is extremely gentle and feels wonderfully relaxing! To book your treatment, or if you have any questions, please contact me.


Lymphatic drainage is not advised for anyone with acute inflammation, malignant tumours, thrombosis or major heart problems. Because of its effect on the immune system, people with cancer, diabetes, thyroid or kidney problems, asthma or epilepsy should seek medical advice before treatment. It is also advisable that women do not undergo lymphatic drainage while menstruating.