Manual Lymph Drainage

As the name suggests, MLD is a way of boosting your lymphatic drainage to help your body rid itself of fluid and toxins while boosting your supply of white blood cells.

It’s based on the Vodder technique which was developed in Austria in the 1930s, when the first links were made between the lymphatic system and immune response.

Today the technique can kick a sluggish immune system into gear to make up for the modern lifestyle that stresses it.

MLD relieves fluid build up, swollen ankles and legs (due to pregnancy) and tired puffy eyes. It is useful in improving chronic conditions such as ME, sinusitis and rheumatoid arthritis.


MLD is now being seen in hospitals and clinics throughout the UK as a useful component in the treatment and control of lymphoedema, and as an essential component in the treatment of transplants, plastic surgery and burns.

Mary performing MLD on a patient
Mary perform MLD therapy
It is an effective beauty treatment, helps relaxation, and increases feelings of well being. It helps wounds heal, can reduce scar tissue and is an excellent adjunct to reducing cellulite.

How is it applied?

The rhythmical strokes of feather-light fingertip movements induce a feeling of floating in a lagoon. The relaxation comes about because the massage affects the nervous system and induces the ‘night time’ state we use when we are asleep.

It’s recommended for anyone with fluid retention, glandular fever or ME, gynaecological problems and is useful in improving chronic conditions such as sinusitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

WARNING: MLD is Not advisable to anyone with heart problems or with a history of TB.

Mary Goodfellow is Registered with NHS and BUPA