Manual Lymphatic Drainage

What the heck is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a pleasant and powerful therapeutic technique for a variety of inflammatory conditions including redness, acne and rosacea.

The lymphatic system is a circulatory system that mirrors your blood vessels throughout the body.  It is responsible for many balancing function of the body but especially the retrieval, cleaning and disinfecting of the fluid in the body.  When you hear that your “glands are swollen” when you are sick, your are referring to your lymphatic system.

MLD was developed in France in the 1930’s by Dr Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid.  They were looking to help their patients and discovered that a specific combination manipulations of the skin and body reduced swelling and inflammation in the body.  Healing was encouraged and took less time with these treatments.   Since then, practitioners have been training on this very technique and providing an alternative and much needed treatment for wellness.

As an esthetician, I love a treatment that is designed for and aides in the inflammation of acne and rosacea.  It has been shown to promote balance and healing for eczema lesions and reduce the itching. If you have sensitive skin, this is also a great treatment for you.  Many sensitive skin types can not tolerate the active products and touch that are part of typical facials.  Manual Lymphatic Draining does not require application of products and is a very light touch without friction.  There are not many options in the form of touch that can be done safely in cases of rosacea and acne, so enjoy this one and improve your symptoms.

Why Do MLD?

You will feel so much better!

  • Inflammation, swelling and bruising due to any trauma, whether it be surgery or injury, may be reduced with Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
  • Healing time may be shorter and faster with Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatments.
  • Perception of pain may be reduced allowing you to relax and the body to heal.
  • Detox your skin and allow it to refresh and glow.


What conditions can an esthetician improve with MLD?

  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Pre and Post Surgery
  • Aging Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Heavy jowls and full neck.
  • Eczema
  • Scars
  • Headaches
  • Tired, strained eyes
  • Tight and congested sinuses
  • Pain and swelling with the application and manipulation of braces.

What are the contraindications that rule out MLD?

  • Malignant diseases.
  • Acute inflammation or infection.
  • Acute allergic reactions.
  • Recent thrombosis.
  • Heart Edema/Congestive Heart Failure.
  • Active and untreated asthma.

As an esthetician, I am trained and certified to perform Dr Vodder’s treatment for the head and neck.  These treatments are light and very relaxing to the body.  Be prepared to enjoy!  Schedule your Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment today!