What is Manual   
Lymphatic Drainage?

MLD is a specialized massage modality that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. Your body’s lymphatic network of vessels and nodes contains lymph, a mixture of water, proteins, immune system components, waste products, and other remnants of cell metabolism. Think of your Lymph nodes as your body's cleaning system, little filters designed to filter out debris.  Lymph nodes are found throughout your body, but the highest concentrations are found in the neck, armpits, and groin. These major collections of lymph nodes ensure that the lymph passes through as many nodes as possible before it returns to the circulatory system. 

During a lymph drainage massage, a specially trained, certified massage therapist uses a series of compressing and stretching motions over the client’s body. The light rhythmic movements, applied without massage oil, stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels – allowing lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes. Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage follows a specific sequence over the body so lymph isn’t trapped anywhere, making sure every area is treated with care. You can see lymph moving as MLD is applied in this short video.

Today, men and women incorporate lymphatic drainage massage into their skincare and wellness routines because of its detoxification and aesthetic benefits. MLD proponents say the massage technique is effective for pain relief, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions allergy symptom relief, headaches, and a long list of other issues. It’s also being used following surgery to reduce swelling and flush byproducts of anesthesia out of the body. MLD has become a popular spa treatment for skin care, managing season allergies, detoxification, jet lag, general stress reduction, and facial rejuvenation. 

You may be wondering whether MLD is right for you, and why you would choose manual lymphatic drainage over a more traditional massage. Of course, conventional massage like a Swedish Relaxation massage or Therapeutic Deep Tissue massage is a relaxing and refreshing  experience for your muscles, joints, nervous system, and emotional well-being. Deciding to receive a manual lymphatic drainage massage goes a step further. You may want to cleanse your body’s tissues during the change of seasons, after an illness or injury, or following a particularly stressful time in your life. MLD’s focus on detox and purification revitalizes your energy, leaving you feeling refreshed and energized. 

Barbara Cross is a certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage therapist and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about MLD.  Please contact her via email at rmtwaco@gmail.com or call/text 254-616-9616.