Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a careful and gentle skin stretching technique. Lymphatic vessels are less than 1mm in diameter on average. As a result, lymphatic drainage must be performed slowly and gently although be strong enough to stretch the skin gently in the desired drainage direction but never compress the lymphatic vessels.

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Summary of Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Treatment Time
30 mins – 1.5 hr
Time Off Work
Exercise inc. Gym
Same day
Number of Treatments Required
Varies depending on treatment goals
Expected Results
Reduced swelling, enhanced immune system, relaxation
Recommended Maintenance
Varies depending on treatment goals


In most cases individuals have MLD to benefit from the post operative benefits, however other reasons include:

  • General health – to support immune system
  • Promote the healing and reduce pain of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains, wounds
  • Improve symptoms of chronic conditions such as sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions
  • Relieve fluid congestion – swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes, swollen legs during pregnancy
  • Detoxification of the body
  • A facial – many photo shoots do it on models faces to depuff and freshen the appearance of the face and body.


The results that can be achieved with MLD include a reduction in swelling post operatively that enhances the speed and success of the healing process. It detoxifies and enhances the immune system and leaves you feeling deeply relaxed.


  • How much does it cost?

    Please check out our Price List for the full range of costs.
  • What happens at the consultation?

    Our initial consultations are carried out remotely. You will meet your treatment provider who will ask you about your goals and concerns. A full medical history will be completed, before agreeing a plan for you and discussing the treatment and expected results in detail. Following this, you will receive a quotation for the treatment recommended.
  • How do I prepare for my treatment?

    All you have to do to prepare for Manual Lymphatic Drainage is look forward to it and notify friends and family you may not be contactable for the period of the treatment. It’s important to switch off and relax while having MLD to feel the full effects.
  • What areas of the body can be treated?

    The whole body can be treated and benefit from the effective results of MLD.
  • Is it the same as a massage?

    MLD looks like a light massage to the untrained eye, however it is a skin stretching technique used to drain the lymphatic system of excess fluid to assist in detoxifying the body, promote healing and enhance your immune system, as well as leave you feeling more relaxed.
  • What happens if there is a complication?

    Manual Lymphatic Drainage is minimally invasive. You may have increased thirst and increased frequency of urination following treatment, however adverse reactions are extremely rare.

    In the event you feel unwell during or after your treatment you will be assessed by your treatment provider or a qualified member of our clinical team and a treatment plan will be recommended.

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