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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a light touch, subtle physical therapy recognized by both the international medical and spa wellness communities.  Analgesic and restorative, MLD provides deep relaxation while accelerating cellular repair and regeneration. 

What is the lymphatic system?

A vast network of vessels, the lymphatic system plays a vital role in maintaining a balance of the circulation fluids.  It is responsible for carrying excess water, ,proteins, pathogens and wastes from the connective tissue back to the blood stream.  During the transportation process it is cleaned, filtered and concentrated with many immune reactions occurring in the lymph nodes.

What are the benefits of MLD?

MLD has many benefits.  It is analgesic, decongestive, anti-inflammatory, and restorative.  By quieting the sympathetic nervous system MLD induces the 'relaxation response' which combats the effects of physical stress.  It's also great for:

  • Rejuvination

  • Detoxification

  • Cellulite

  • Pregnancy (okay after 12 week point)

  • Pre/Post Surgery

  • Acne

  • Tissue Scarring

  • Water Retention

  • Chronic Pain

  • Skin Congestion

  • Spider Veins

Will MLD clear up skin problems?

Skin conditions, in general, respond well due to the nature of MLD to carry cellular debris away from the skin tissues and to facilitate the oxygen and nutrient delivery to the cells.  In cases of acne, MLD consistently produces positive results.

Is MLD effective in treating sport injuries?

One of the most valuable components of MLD is its anti-inflammatory effect.  By removing the cellular debris surrounding the injured tissue, MLD encourages the delivery of fresh nutrients and oxygen to the cells - in effect, accelerating the healing process.  Also, MLD will combat the pain a client may be experiencing by stimulating receptors in the skin that carry messages of relief/pleasure to the central nervous system.  During this process the sympathetic nervous system is quieted, which allows the parasympathetic nervous system to become active.  This is important since the body repairs itself only when in a deep state of relaxation.

How can a therapy so gentle be so effective in addressing neuromuscular concerns?

By removing waste materials from the system (i.e., lactic acid or noxious chemicals secreted under a pain stimulus) MLD addresses the source of the problem.  MLD is anti-inflammatory in action and will encourage the removal of the particles that cause congestion.

The parasympathetic nervous system is active in sleep and relaxation and it is instrumental in the healing process.  Most people who suffer from stress related disorders respond favorably to MLD because it induces deep relaxation thus engaging the parasympathetic nervous system.

What is the role of the parasympathetic nervous system?
Before & After (6 Treatments)

"WOW! WOW! WOW! Jordan is AMAZING! My experience with Manual Lymphatic Drainage.  I was amazed at the change in the dark circles around my eyes, texture of my skin, diminishing of fine lines, even my nose seemed slenderized!  Aside from the fabulous changes that I could see, were the unseen changes.  I have chronic neck/back pain with shooting pain down my arm and up the side of my face, stiffness in my neck.  Have been under the care of a pain specialist since 2009. Have had trigger point injections, epidurals and radio frequency.  I was fast approaching a point of having to walk away from my much loved job of being a hairdresser.  After one session with Jordan, I noticed a dramatic change in the mobility of my neck.  As time progressed, the shooting pain has subsided and my pain became more centralized.  I have received more relief for my pain through Jordan's hands than all of the pain procedures I endured.  It has been a few months since my last session with Jordan and I continue to see changes in my skin, especially the fine lines.  I will be her client for life!" 

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