The purpose of a Manual Lymph Drainage or lymphatic massage is to move lymph fluid toward the lymph nodes of the body. Lymph nodes are the filtering regions for the lymph fluid. More than half of the body’s lymph system is directly located just below the surface of the skin and flows in a specific direction. This superficial location of lymph nodes and vessels require a gentle and rhythmic touch from a trained massage therapist. Therefore, knowledge of the specific directional paths of lymph fluid is vital in providing an effective lymph drainage session.
There are Two Distinct Lymphatic Training Styles
The “Vodder Technique” of Manual Lymph Drainage commonly referred to as MLD. MLD was developed by Emil Vodder PhD and his wife, Estrid Vodder, ND in the 1930’s.
Lymphatic Drainage developed by French Osteopath Dr. Bruno Chikly in 1990’s. Who still is teaching students today. Referred to as the “Chikly Method”.