Manual Lymphatic Drainage

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  • Reduce Swelling from Surgerical Scars or Trauma
  • Reduce Pain and Congestion from Sinus Infections and Allergies
  • Clear Toxins and Congestion contributing to Poor Complexion

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a formalized pattern of applying a gentle, rhythmic, repetitive stroke pumping lymph along the node and ducts to be recycled or eliminated in the core organs of the body.The intention of the work is to induce an equilibrium of fluids that circulate in the interstitial and connective tissue.

Lymphatics:photo taken from Wittlinger's Textbook of Dr. Vodder's MLD in Abintra's library

Lymphatics:photo taken from Wittlinger’s Textbook of Dr. Vodder’s MLD in Abintra’s library

These techniques reduce swelling or stagnation of fluids thereby benefitting those suffering from injury, surgery, fibroids, allergies and sinus congestion, acne or edema.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage developed by the Danish Drs. Emil and Estrid Vodder while working as masseurs in Cannes, France circa 1932 on patients from Britain recovering from chronic colds due to the damp cold northern climate.  Their patients all had swollen lymph nodes. Though at the time lymphatics were not well understood and massaging the lymphatic system was discouraged, they found that extremely light pumping in the direction of the lymph drainage eliminated the swollen lymph nodes and the colds went away.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage first became public in 1935 and published in ’36. 1967 the Society of Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymphatic Drainage was established.

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