Developed by the Danish physiotherapist Dr Emil Vodder in the 1930s, manual lymphatic system drainage (MLD) was developed. Manual lymphatic drainage involves the use of light and rhythmical massage that aids the body in collecting and moving fluid through the thousands of delicate vessels which are found in almost every tissue of the body.
Lymphatic drainage can help this system to perform its key functions, which include delivering nutrients and antibodies to the cells of the body, and removing debris such as toxins, cell waste and dead particles.
Lymphatic drainage massage works by unblocking and eliminating toxins, which can build up in our bodies from poor eating habits or environment pollution. The release and disposal of this waste can boost the immune system and kick-start our metabolism to function more efficiently. Lymphatic drainage can also be helpful in lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and improving sleep patterns. Others report it to be beneficial to the nervous system.
An MLD massage normally takes about one hour, and is recommended to help many conditions, including:
The massage should be relaxing, and adherents report that when combined with a healthy lifestyle and of plenty of fresh water, it can help to improve and rejuvenate skin.
Be aware that it is not recommended to have this, or indeed any type of massage, if you are pregnant. You should consult your doctor before beginning this, or any other type of treatment.
So why wait? If you already eat right and exercise regularly, this therapeutic technique may be the finishing touch that helps you feel and look your best.