Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage, which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
It is also recommended for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce puffiness or swellings (especially during pregnancy) in areas such as legs, ankles and puffy eyes.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is extremely gentle and feels wonderful and relaxing. The majority of patients either fall asleep or go into highly relaxed state, due to the slow, gentle rhythmic motions involved.