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Manual Lymph Drainage

A gentle and rhythmic skin stretching technique, MLD massage improves the performance of the lymphatic system, the body’s “plumbing” and filtration unit.

The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in immune defence, regenerating tissues, and keeping the body’s fluid levels in homeostasis. At some point, everyone’s lymphatic system needs a boost: that’s where MLD treatment comes in.

  • Lymphatic stimulation

    MLD "stimulates" lymphatic valves to contract more frequently, moving fluid and cellular waste, which leaks from tiny capillaries into the body's interstitial spaces. MLD helps redirect fluid to viable nodes if lymphatic vessels have been damaged or removed. Beneficial with managing lymphedema, trauma, and post-liposuction surgery where there is an increase in protein-rich inflammatory fluid.

  • Recovery management

    After invasive surgery, injury, or infection, the lymph system drains the surplus of fluid caused by inflammation. Your body heals naturally, but MLD encourages the lymph system to function optimally, helping to manage symptoms such as swelling, skin health, scar healing, and fibrosis.

  • Effective technique

    I prefer the Vodder method of manual lymph drainage. Developed by Dr. Emil Vodder in the 1930s, this technique is known for its gentle and rhythmic movements that help stimulate the lymphatic system. The Vodder method is widely recognized for its effectiveness in reducing swelling, promoting detoxification, and improving overall well-being.

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Pricing for Manual Lymph Drainage

GST is included in all rates

  • 60m

  • 45m

  • 30m


Relax & Drain: The Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage

MLD cleanses

MLD lightly stretches the skin towards nodes, increasing lymphatic valve contraction.

Lymph fluid contains toxins, hormones, cellular debris, large proteins, fats and other molecules that are too large for the cardiovascular system to carry away. The lymph vessels drain fluid to the nodes, where it is filtered and cleaned. The lymph is recirculated into the bloodstream or leaves the body as waste.

MLD relaxes

MLD massage relaxes and helps you enter a parasympathetic nervous state.

We mostly live in a sympathetic nervous system state – “fight or flight” mode. My gentle, steady, and rhythmic treatments will help you breathe deep, feel calm, and release feel-good endorphins.

MLD relieves

A lymphatic massage helps to alleviate pain and reduce swelling. Not all edema hurts, depending on the cause, such as medication side effects, pregnancy or hormonal fluctuations. With lymphedema, when there is a surplus of fluid, the affected limb may feel achy, heavy, and pressured, like it might "burst."

MLD helps remove pain mediators like histamine, inflammatory waste, and excess protein-rich fluid from the affected congested areas. This light touch also benefits people with sensitive skin who find light massage too painful or uncomfortable.

MLD defends

The lymphatic system produces immune cells called lymphocytes, which defend against pathogens and viruses. It also maintains overall health and well-being by preventing illness and maintaining fluid balance. Lymph nodes filter the lymph fluid, trapping and removing bacteria and allergens. As the body ages, along with hormonal changes, the lymphatic vessels weaken and don’t perform as well.

In other words, a healthy working lymphatic system is a crucial component of having strong immunity.

MLD nourishes

The lymphatic system absorbs dietary fats from the small intestine. After eating a meal, the fat portion is broken down into smaller molecules and absorbed into the bloodstream. If the fats are too big to be transported directly into the bloodstream, lacteal lymphatic vessels absorb them instead.

Eventually, the fats drain into the bloodstream near the heart through the thoracic duct. This process helps maintain proper nutrition and energy balance, keeping tissues healthy so they can regenerate.

MLD helps alleviate side effects from radiation and chemotherapy. A weakened immune system may leave the body vulnerable to infection and illness. MLD is soothing and helps manage discomfort and swelling.

Reasons to Book MLD Massage

MLD is beneficial for general wellness, supporting lymphedema, aiding recovery post-surgery, and more.

If you’re feeling pain

  • Migraines, tension and PMS headaches
  • Facial palsy
  • Fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Acute injuries: whiplash, concussion, sprains and strains
  • Fatigue and stress syndrome

If you have circulation or digestion issues

  • Circulation issues: cold limbs, varicose veins, Renaud’s disease
  • Digestion issues: bloating, water retention, constipation

If you have hormonal or skin conditions

  • Hormonal: pain, bloating, water retention
  • Skin conditions: acne, psoriasis, eczema
  • Pregnancy-related swelling, as long as blood pressure is normal

If you have inflamation or swelling

  • Inflammation: sinusitis, joint pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia
  • Chronic ear, nose, and throat infections
  • Lymphedema, Lipedema
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Radiation treatment discomfort
  • Post-op surgical swelling
  • Ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency
  • Edema of the neck, breast, face or trunk
  • Burns

Treat your lymphatic system to a massage – it works so hard for you!

Contraindications Is MLD Suitable for You?

Some people are medically not recommended to receive MLD massage. In most situations, I can modify the technique if you have swelling, and blend in traditional massage to help you with your treatment goals.

Please review the conditions below where MLD treatment is inadvisable, or contact me to ensure this treatment suits you.


  • Metastatic or systemic malignant tumours
  • Acute inflammation caused by bacteria, fungi, virus
  • Acute thrombosis at risk of causing embolism (not being dissolved with medication)
  • Acute renal/kidney failure
  • Acute deep venous thrombosis (DVT)
  • Cardiac edema or congestive heart failure


  • Low-functioning kidney or thyroid (unmedicated)
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Edema following carcinoma treatment
  • Edema caused by cardiac decompensation
  • Diabetes
  • Pacemaker, protect the wire
  • Venous port, prevent damage

Top 5 FAQs for Manual Lymph Drainage

  • What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

    You have the flexibility to change or cancel your appointment up to 48 hours before your massage without incurring any additional fees. Please use the online booking portal or phone Golden Collective at 1-250-999-9340.

  • Do you sell gift cards?

    Looking to gift someone the bliss of relaxation and wellness? While I don't offer gift cards on my website, you can find them available online via the Golden Collective online booking portal (look for the "Buy Gift Card" link in the sidebar). With just a few clicks, you can purchase one, and an e-copy will be sent to your chosen recipient. Prefer a tangible gift card? Feel free to drop by our clinic, where you can pick one up in person.

  • What types of MLD massage do you offer?

    I studied the Joana Medrado Method, but primarily use Vodder's manual lymphatic drainage technique.

    Vodder's MLD is typically oil-free, although exceptions may be made for individuals with very dry or fragile skin. It involves gentle, skin-stretching techniques using stationary circles and scooping and pumping motions with the hands to stimulate the superficial lymphatic vessels beneath the skin, directing them towards the lymph nodes. This light and flowing movement is most effective when applied from proximal to distal, starting from the neck and moving downwards. Developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, a Danish naturopath, and his wife, Estrid, in the 1930s, it was originally intended to assist individuals with chronic sinusitis.

    The Joana Medrado Method utilizes lotion to enhance lymphatic drainage and circulation in the legs, arms, and abdomen. It involves slow upward strokes with the hands, stretching the skin and concluding with lymph node pumping at the end of each movement. This method was developed by Joana Medrado, a popular Brazilian physiotherapist, who created her unique approach to lymphatic drainage and post-op care.

  • Are there any side effects or risks associated with manual lymph drainage?

    Manual lymphatic drainage is generally safe and has few side effects. However, there are some instances where receiving MLD may not be recommended. Please review the contraindications listed here to determine if MLD is suitable for you. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

  • How often should I have a manual lymph drainage massage?

    The frequency of MLD massages varies depending on your specific condition, the severity of your symptoms, and the purpose of your treatment – whether it's for therapeutic benefit or overall wellness. For a more detailed answer to this question, please refer to my article "How Often Should I Get a Lymphatic Massage?"