Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle massage technique that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system. Developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, the technique assists the body’s natural processes of detoxification, immune system defense, and fluid transportation. It can be used to help ease symptoms associated with a variety of conditions:

  • Swelling after surgeries or traumas
  • Autoimmune pain and fatigue
  • Some dermatological issues
  • Lymphedema
  • Chronic pain
  • Sinus issues
  • And more

However many people don’t realize it can also be used as a way to detox, relax, and improve general wellness. In this blog, we’ll be covering how clients can use manual lymph drainage as a detox massage, what a session is like, and some of the benefits they can experience.

What is a detox massage? How does manual lymph drainage work to detoxify the body?

Manual lymphatic drainage stimulates the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and nodes that helps to remove toxins, waste, and bacteria from the body. Our team of MLD-trained massage therapists use gentle, repetitive strokes to help move the lymph through the body. This helps the body naturally detoxify itself and makes it a great technique for a preventive health tune-up.

What is a session like?

At Vinings Massage & Wellness, we offer 60 and 90 minute manual lymph drainage sessions. In contrast to traditional massages, these treatments are much more delicate and use gentle strokes. During a session, our massage therapists use light movement over the skin that is designed to stimulate the lymph nodes and vessels. Depending on your individual needs, the massage therapist may focus on specific areas of the body to help facilitate additional drainage.

After a session, some clients report feeling energized and refreshed. For others, it’s common to experience minor cold-like symptoms as their body works to remove the build-up from their body. For this reason, we recommend that clients drink plenty of water in preparation for a detox massage and give themselves a few days to rest and relax afterward.

What are the benefits of manual lymph drainage?

When used as a way to detox and improve general wellness, manual lymph drainage may help with:

  1. Feeling more energized and getting better sleep
  2. Relief from sinus issues and chronic congestion
  3. Eliminating toxins stored in the body
  4. Strengthening the immune system
  5. Reducing inflammation
  6. Boosting circulation

Overall, manual lymph drainage is a great option if you’re looking to detox and improve your general wellness. Since it’s a gentle technique, you’ll be able to experience a deep sense of relaxation as your body works to filter toxins and waste from the body. If you’re interested in experiencing a session for yourself, book with us today.