MLD is a special massage that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. The system’s network of vessels and nodes contains lymph, a mixture of water, proteins, immune system components, waste products, and other remnants of cell metabolism. Lymph nodes, which filter out the debris, are found throughout the body, with large groups of them in the neck, armpits and groin. These lymph nodes ensure that the lymph passes through as many nodes as possible before it returns to the circulatory system. During a MLD message, a therapist uses a series of gliding, compressing, stretching, and cupping motions over the client. The light rhythmic movements applied stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels, allowing lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes.
MLD is effective for pain relief, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions (such as acne and rosacea), cellulite, allergies, headaches, muscle soreness post exercise, sleep disorders, water retention, bloating and more. It is particularly useful after plastic surgery to reduce swelling and bruising while flushing byproducts of anesthesia out of the body. MLD for face is used for facial rejuvenation, puffiness, dullness and acne.