manual lymphatic drainage

MLD, techniques for the face

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (or MLD) is a specialised massage of precise, light rhythmical hand movements which gently stretch the skin in a circular motion along the lymphatic pathways.


This pumping movement stimulates the contractions of the lymphatic vessels and promotes the flow of fluid from the tissues into the lymphatic system. The fluid is carried to lymph nodes where it is filtered and cleansed of dead cells, bacteria and other waste products and then returned to the blood stream. A healthy lymphatic system is fundamental to our immunity as it carries white blood cells which help fight infection.


If performed correctly, with correct pressure, speed and direction, MLD can enhance lymphatic drainage and facilitate recovery.


The slow, gentle rhythmic movements of the therapy are also effective in calming the nervous system, aiding relaxation and helping to alleviate pain. It is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during treatment. Many patients report an improved immune system and enhanced healing after having regular treatments. A one off session is a relaxing experience but for completely tranquil experience try a 90 minute full body treatment.


MLD is an important component in the effective management of lymphoedema - an initial intensive programme may be advised with maintenance sessions to follow.


MLD treatments are frequently recommended by cosmetic surgeons to assist in reducing swelling, bruising and discomfort after procedures such as cosmetic surgery, liposuction and body sculpting. MLDuk mini guide to cosmetic surgery


Here are a few common conditions for which people book appointments:

  • lymphoedema
  • lipoedema
  • post- liposuction procedures and cosmetic surgery
  • post operative bruising and swelling
  • fluid congestion - swollen ankles, puffy eyes, painful breasts
  • chronic sinusitis and rhinitis
  • repair of torn ligaments and muscle sprains
  • fibromyalgia and muscle pain
  • digestive problems - constipation, IBS
  • old and new scars - post surgery and burns
  • headaches and migranes
  • skin disorders - eczema, acne
  • trigeminal neuralgia and Bell's Palsy
  • arthritis and rheumatism
  • auto-immune disorders