Manual Lymphatic Drainage MLD 

Lymph is a colourless fluid which forms in the body. It normally drains back into the blood circulation through a network of vessels and nodes. Lymph nodes play an important part in the body’s defence against infection by removing excess protein, dead or abnormal cells and bacteria. Lymph helps helps to ‘clean’ our internal body.

What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a swelling which can occur in any part of your body. The word Lymphoedema is a combination of Lymph – a straw coloured fluid which runs through a network of vessels in the body performing tasks such as removing protein, bacteria, dead or abnormal cells and Oedema which means swelling.  Click here to download a fact sheet on Lymphoedema.


What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

It is a gentle, highly specialised, non-invasive form of massage carried out by trained therapists. It consists of light, rhythmic and pumping hand movements to stretch the skin and stimulate the lymphatic system. The aim of MLD is to move the fluid away from the swollen areas to parts that are not affected, to drain freely. The massage is very light and should not be painful. It is also very useful in softening hard, fibrosed tissue. Movements of complex pumping, scooping, circular and spiralling.

A typical MLD treatment

Allow up to 2 hours for the first treatment as a thorough consultation and allow up to 1 - 1.5 hours for subsequent sessions.
It is a gentle massage movement, in a warm, room with soft music. You are enclosed in soft warm towels and Susanna only uncovers the part she works on.
Every treatment varies in length and complexity, so give me a call to get an estimate of the cost.

After Vaser Surgery or Liposuction

After Vaser Surgery or Liposuction there is usually a build-up of haematomas (bruising) and extra oedematous fluid. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is recommended to help reduce the bruising, extra fluid and alleviate pain in these areas.

Typical Vaser Surgery are legs, arm, stomach and breast reduction.


Decongestive Lymphodoema | Lipoedema | MLD leaflet

MLD can help with:

Amputation, Burns, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Concussion, Detoxing, IBS, Keloid scars, Oedema (swelling), Parkinson’s Disease, Phantom Pain, Pregnancy, Relaxation, Reconstructive surgery, Scars, Scleroderma, Stress, Whiplash.

Feel the benefit

Manual Lymphatic Drainage helps support people with -

Lymphoedema support – removing protein from tissues.
Relaxation – balancing the nervous system.
Pain reduction – by reducing pain signals to the brain using gentle movements on the opposing side.
Tissue drainage – increasing lymph flow.
Immune response – helping to render detrimental substances harmless.
Scar tissue reduction – speeding up healing time.
Prevention – supporting and enhancing the action of the immune system.