This specialised therapy uses gentle rhythmic pumping techniques designed to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system. Unlike usual massage that concentrates on the muscle, this is very light & aims to stimulate the skin, as this is where the lymph vessels lie. The technique encourages the lymph to remove approximately 100% more, and to operate at this level for several hours.
The importance of the lymph system is that it cleanses the tissue by removing metabolic waste from the body, toxins, bacteria, protein, dead cells and tissue fluid. This fluid is known as lymph and passes through a series of lymph nodes where it is cleansed, before returning to the bloodstream. If for whatever reason the lymphatic system isn’t working correctly, the vessels won’t drain adequately, leading to fluid build-up in the tissue, this would be seen as puffiness or swelling, and in more pronounced cases would be termed lymphoedema.
A primary lymphoedema is caused by a dysfunctional lymphatic system and will present as swelling at the extremity of a limb. A secondary lymphoedema can be caused by lymph node removal, or radiation following cancer, where swelling occurs around the operational point, or the upper limb nearest to it. Initially, this may not be noticeable, however you may find that swelling is minimal on waking, but increases during the day. If left untreated, swelling over time becomes permanent and feels increasingly hard and solid due to the fluid and protein build-up. This condition will not disappear, but it can be kept under control through MLD, and in more advanced cases through hosiery and deep tissue bandaging.
MLD is beneficial in many ways, it help to de-tox the body, and breaks down cellulite. A well functioning lymphatic system contributes to healthy body tissue and plays an important role in the body’s immune responses. It reduces post-operational swelling, severe bruising, and promotes healing of torn ligaments and sprains. It reduces swelling caused by immobility and lack of muscular contraction. MLD reduces the appearance and texture of scar tissue, and relieves fluid retention. It has been successfully used to aid the healing of leg ulcers and wounds. MLD is both preventative and remedial, strengthens the immune system, and enhances healing.and your well-being, and is deeply relaxing.
Suzanne has been trained in the Vodder method of MLD, levels: basic, one, two and three. She is qualified to treat lymph oedema with MLD and deep tissue bandaging, she has been practicing M.L.D for 15 years, and is a member of MLD, UK (http://www.mlduk.org.uk)