What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Developed in the 1930’s, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD for short) is a massage technique used to help the amount of a fluid called ‘lymph’, flow through the body more efficiently.
Lymph is a fluid that the body produces to nourish cells and get rid of toxins from the body. Lymph can build up in certain areas of the body if it flows slower than blood. MLD is used to reduce build ups that can cause the lymph vessels to swell. However, you don’t just have to suffer from Lymph swelling to benefit from this kind of massage. Continue reading to discover the benefits of MLD – it’s no wonder the biggest celebs on earth go crazy for it!
What are the benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
The benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage don’t only apply to people that suffer from swelling. MLD massage can benefit a whole range of symptoms and ailments.
Treats Acne and Helps Skin Glow.
MLD helps aid in blood circulation because of the circular motions involved. This increased blood circulation helps bring oxygen to the skin which can not only bring a healthy-looking glow to your skin but also treat acne.
The motion of the massage helps to push the built-up fluids and toxins through the body which can then be broken down by the lymphatic system. The build up of these fluids and other toxins under the skin contributes to that dimply effect under your skin.
Improved Digestive Issues
One of the many symptoms of a slow lymphatic system is constipation or bloating. MLD massage can help stimulate your bowel and get it moving! In addition to this, MLD also helps to reduce stress, which can be a big trigger for constipation.
It’s been proven that MLD increases the amount of endorphins released into your system. Endorphins are released by your body to help manage pain, stress and to improve your mood; therefore, stress subsides after an MLD massage.
Increased Blood Circulation
One of the main benefits of MLD is that it increases blood circulation, which can have fantastic affects on your mind, body and well-being. Increased blood circulation helps your organs to perform properly, heals wounds faster, helps your mind function quicker and can even support in keeping your heart healthy.
We weren’t kidding when we said MLD has so many different health benefits, it can also help individuals who suffer with migraines too! It works by eliminating build up of fluids in the face and sinuses which can cause people severe headaches.
How often should you have Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
It really depends on the type of lifestyle you have here, this is because exercise helps get your lymphatic system working and flowing. Therefore, if you have a pretty active lifestyle, you may only require 1 or 2 sessions per month. Whereas, if you have quite an immobile lifestyle, you may need more regular sessions to really reap the benefits, i.e. 2-3 sessions a week. Our wonderful team are more than happy discuss your individual needs, so please get in touch with us for a chat and to discover your options.
If you’re interested in a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage at Olive or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or comment below.