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Manual lymphatic drainage

20 September, 2011

This is a very light, rhythmic massage technique that encourages lymph (the fluid that bathes the cells) to flow more freely around the body.

The massage stimulates your lymphatic system and helps increase the elimination of toxins. Fluid congestion can be relieved, aiming to promote healing, strengthen the immune system and help reduce certain types of pain. It’s often used for easing the fluid retention of the menstrual cycle and during pregnancy.

What conditions is it used for?

MLD can help relieve the symptoms of those suffering from general lymphatic congestion and can be a useful part of a detox or cleansing diet. It can relieve the retention of fluids during pregnancy and the menstrual cycle. It can also help to: improve skin conditions, decrease stress levels, improve the general circulation and increase the functioning of the immune system.

What to expect

After taking a case history your practitioner will massage you using a precise, light pressure technique. This will help stimulate your lymphatic system and increase the elimination of toxins from the body. The accompanying relief of fluid congestion is intended to be healing, strengthen the immune system and can reduce pain. MLD affects your autonomic nervous system, causing an overall pleasant, relaxing and rejuvenating effect.

 

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