Understanding Manual Lymph Drainage

By: Diana Lihou, RMT , Nov 23, 2016
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Understanding Manual Lymph Drainage, Diana Lihou

What is MANUAL Lymph Drainage & What are the Benefits? 

Next time you get a massage, ask for an MLD!

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle technique that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system, removing congestion and stagnation from within the body. The therapist works with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Some of the general benefits of the Manual Lymph Drainage:

  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Stimulation of the immune system
  • Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
  • Anti-aging effects
  • Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
  • Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue

Diana is a massage therapist at Hands on Health Massage Therapy in Ottawa. She is a graduate from Sault College’s three year intensive Massage Therapy program, and has been an upstanding member of the College of Massage Therapists since completing her provincial examinations after graduation in 1999. Diana’s foundation of massage therapy is set in her Swedish massage techniques, but she has taken post graduate courses to expand her knowledge to include myofascial release & Structural Myofascial Therapy, Hot Stone massage, infant massage instruction, Reiki and ethics and client relations. After enjoying eight fulfilling years of work at Greenbank Massage Therapy she felt it was time to expand her wings and start her own clinic. Finding the perfect location and setting up the clinic with her own personnel touch renewed her passion for massage therapy. She conducts her practice with professionalism and compassion for her clients and it shows in her high client retention rate.