When viewing our massage menu you may be asking yourself “what the heck is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?” Well, we have answers! Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a type of gentle massage that is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues to the lymph node and then picks up new and healthy lymphocytes to bring it back toward the heart.

So that’s the super sciencey definition of Manual Lymphatic Drainage – let us explain in layman’s terms! Lymph is a clear-to-white liquid that flows through your lymphatic system. This liquid is made up of white blood cells, primarily lymphocytes which are the superhero cells that attack bacteria in the blood. This liquid lives within the lymphatic system (aka your lymph nodes) and its job is to carry waste products away from our tissues and return new healthy lymphocytes back toward our heart.

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage? - The Peace Within SpaYou’re probably familiar with your lymph nodes – the small, bean-like structures clustered together in various parts of the body such as:

  • Inside the center of the chest or abdomen
  • Armpits
  • Neck
  • Groin

So when you undergo Manual Lymphatic Drainage you are receiving a message that promotes natural drainage of the lymph nodes so that the lymphatic system can do its job! So why would you choose to get this kind of massage? Well for starters this kind of massage can benefit just about anyone!

Also, this massage can be massively beneficial to athletes or anyone who has just undergone surgery. When athletes are recovering from an injury, lymph vessels can become overwhelmed with the demand placed on them causing them to become very swollen. A Manual Lymphatic Drainage would help the body remove proteins and waste from these areas and reduce the swelling – this, in turn, helps reduce pressure on cells and allows them to reproduce faster which means your body can heal faster! If you’ve recently had a surgery involving a lymph node removal (ex. breast cancer surgery) then it’s likely you’ll experience swelling in your limbs. If you’re experiencing a mild case of swelling then this massage can help! If you have any infection, cancer or organ failure you CANNOT have manual lymphatic drainage. It is a contraindication and can cause more damage than good. You can get an MLD after 48 hours of taking antibiotics.

Overall this massage can be super helpful for all kinds of people and we want to help your body feel healthy through it! Come visit us at The Peace Within Spa or make an appointment to receive your Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage today!