Kate Whitemore

Dr Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage - Therapy 1 Level

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

I strongly believe in the importance of a holistic approach to our life and body.  Optimum health can be supported by leading an active life, eating nutrient-dense foods as close to their natural state as possible, reducing stress, and the use of appropriate complementary therapies which can have enormously positive effects on the functioning of the body and the wellbeing of the mind.  Massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage are two such therapies that can have hugely positive physiological effects on the tissues, organs and muscles of the body, as well as promoting healing, recovery, relaxation and stress reduction.


Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

 MLD uses a technique that gently manipulates the surface of the skin with the aim of stimulating the lymphatic vessels of the lymphatic system (which are located in every area of the skin, except the palms of the hands and scalp) to help the internal removal of excess fluid (called interstitial/tissue fluid).  This fluid naturally accumulates around all our cells and contains (amongst other components) toxins, pathogens and cell waste.   If too much of this fluid collects, it can lead to swollen limbs/joints and puffy skin, and if this becomes a chronic problem, the disorder is called Lymphoedema.  MLD can, however, be extremely beneficial for people with normal functioning lymphatic systems as well as those who have been diagnosed with lymphoedema. 


People who can also specifically benefit from MLD include:

  • those who do a lot of travelling
  • those who sit a lot in their lifestyle
  • those who are very active/sporty
  • pregnant women and new mums.
  • those who are recovering from small operations, cosmetic surgery, burns or twisted/damaged limbs
  • those with acne, rosacea, puffy eyes, and/or rhinitis.



The lymph drainage techniques pioneered by Emil and Estrid Vodder in the 1932 in France have been shown to have a profoundly positive effect on the lymphatic system by increasing its efficiency.  This helps to detoxify the body, increase the health of all the tissues and organs, and remove waste and unwanted products from the interstitial space between all the cells.  The Vodder techniques has grown to be the most well known manual method to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues.  Only trained and qualified therapists can perform the Vodder techniques, which take the form of a series of very gentle hand movements over different areas of the body, focusing on the skin.  The therapy is incredibly calming, gentle and non-invasive, and will leave you feeling extremely relaxed – which in turn can help to reduce stress and support the healthy functioning of your body and immune system.


I am particularly interested in the use of MLD to:

  • help detoxify the body and maintain optimum health and wellbeing
  • relieve stress
  • help pregnant women and new mothers who may suffer from swollen limbs during and after pregnancy, and/or who may benefit from a deeply relaxing, nourishing and pampering therapy session. 


As a deeply relaxing, rejuvenating, detoxifying and balancing therapy MLD can be extremely beneficial for everyone, whether you have a specific problem or not.


1 hour £40


" Please see the 'mini-guides' about using MLD for detox and for swollen ankles in pregnancy, available on the MLD UK website - http://www.mlduk.org.uk, for more information. "