Feeling bloated? Try Manual Lymphatic Drainage.


A well functioning lymphatic system is crucial to good health. Poor diet, environmental toxins, and surgery can all negatively impact the lymphatic system. A healthy lifestyle including regular exercise is the best way to keep this system in good shape. Though, some conditions are out of our immediate control such as bad air quality, seasonal allergies or surgery. But, as the lymphatic system sits just below the surface of the skin, it can be manually manipulated, detoxifying the body with a light touch massage.

First, what is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is part of the immune system which maintains fluid balance and plays a role in absorbing fats and fat-soluble nutrients. As part of the body's immune system, it helps defend against bacteria and other intruders. It maintains the balance of fluid between the blood and tissues, known as fluid homeostasis. Also, it facilitates the absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients in the digestive system. The lymphatic system can stop working properly if nodes, ducts, vessels, or lymph tissues become blocked, infected, inflamed, or cancerous.

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a technique using light touch massage to stimulate the flow of fluid in the lymphatic system aiding the body in its natural detoxification process. While a regular massage can stimulate circulation, MLD is a much more advanced modality which requires additional training and practice. Our MLD therapists are certified through a rigorous, exclusive training that equips them to treat even the most complicated pre- and post-surgical cases. Considering that there may be swelling after surgery, your therapist will use very gentle, rhythmic movements to guide excess fluid toward the nearest group of lymph nodes to be filtered and released.

When should one use MLD?

One responsibility of the lymphatic system is to help the body recover after surgery, so it’s important to care for it before and after the procedure. MLD is commonly prescribed as post-surgical care which can reduce the swelling that is incurred from procedures such as c-section, plastic surgery, and cancer removal.

Clearing blockages in the lymphatic system by alleviating fluid retention through MLD can minimize scar tissue after surgery, and restore your lymphatic system to its optimal function so that the body can begin to naturally heal itself.

Sometimes the lymphatic system can become compromised from surgery resulting in lymphedema. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is the best, least invasive way to treat this condition.

Pregnancy can result in swollen ankles and excessive bloating. A Prenatal MLD could alleviate the swelling and bloating.

Imbalances in the body can result in constipation, bloating, puffiness, acne, wrinkles, and cellulite, all of which could be improved with a better functioning lymphatic system. MLD is also used for aesthetic and detoxification purposes.

Environmental changes and hormonal shifts impact the lymphatic system causing allergies, fatigue, and headaches. MLD works to alleviate these lymphatic blocks for relief.

If you are looking for trusted professionals that can provide manual lymphatic drainage by certified therapists in this form of treatment, call us at 212-472-4772 and we'll be happy to discuss our lymphatic treatment options with you. *Pre and post-surgical MLD is available only with a prescription from a doctor.

Kristin Sewell