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Gently cleansing, rejuvenating
and energising the lymphatic pathways.

What can ‘MLD’ assist with ?

 ᛫ Oedema of various origins
 ᛫  Sport Injuries
 ᛫  Pre-menstrual congestion of breast tissue 
 ᛫  Pre-and post –surgical applications
 ᛫  Immune disorders
 ᛫  Cleansing and detoxifying

What is MLD?

The lymphatic system is adversely affected by factors such as stress, surgery, tiredness, chemical overload and illness.  The lymphatic transportation functions then become incompetent.  Flow of the fluid into the nodes is impeded.  This then creates a stagnant tissue environment.

Lymphatic drainage is specifically designed to stimulate and reactivate the functions of the lymphatic system.  This then stimulates the production and transportation of immunocompetent cells, as well as reabsorption of excess fluid by the venous system. 

The overall effect of lymphatic drainage in cleansing the lymphatic pathways is rejuvenating and energising.  Immune systems are boosted, making this an ideal therapy to incorporate as a preventive care option.

Scientifically based, the gentle manually applied techniques used are anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

(J.B. Griffiths, Melbourne)

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory apparatus of the body, a complex system of watery pathways found throughout the tissues.  It is a major body system and, in fact, a larger system (containing more fluid) than the blood system.

The lymphatic system removes excess fluids, and waste product, including toxins and bacteria from around the tissue cells, regularly cleansing the tissues broadly speaking, and thereby maintaining the health, or integrity, of the soft tissues.  This fluid and product is transported along the lymph vessels to lymphatic nodes which are small beanlike structures stationed around the body.  Their role is to filter and cleanse the fluid in much the same way as an oil filter cleanses the oil in an automobile.  Waste is removed in the nodes and eventually passed out of the body via the alimentary canal.

The lymphatic nodes also play an important role in immunity, storing and maturing B and T cells used in the immune response to infections and illness. 

What happens in a Manual Lymph Drainage session;

At the beginning of the session, a record of the client’s health history is taken.
The client then lays fully covered on a massage table whilst the therapist applies
feather –light movements.

Every hand manoeuvre is specific in its direction. The lymph nodes are ‘pumped’ and
lymph fluid is moved along the vessels. The fluid is moved through the nodes
towards the ducts situated at the root of the neck where it flows back to the blood.
A treatment can take between 30 to 60 minutes.
In an acute health problem where there is swelling and congestion of the lymph
system, a weekly treatment is recommend. For maintenance purpose a patient can
be treated 1x per month.

Fees and charges:       1 hour $ 70.00
                                     ½ hour $ 35.00

Development of MLD

MLD has been used in European hospitals and clinics for many years.  In the 1930’s, E & E Vodder developed a precise structured technique for draining oedemas.  Later, in the 1950’s, medical specialists such as Drs Chikly, Kubick and others became interested in its merits and application and contributed their own research.  More recently, Drs Casley-Smith have introduced MLD to Australasia.  Its application is especially recommended by medical personnel for pre and post-surgical procedures. 

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