Manual Lymphatic Drainage
was taught to me by Wally Belgum, who has a busy practice
in Aldershot specialising in this type of massage. He learnt
it originally from practitioners in Malaya and has enhanced
it since from other sources and his own experience. The result
is a simple, yet very effective way of doing MLD. (It is not
the Voder technique normally seen in the west).
The method is to gently stimulate the lymphatic system with
light rhythmic touch, focusing on the lymph nodes just below
the skin with repetitive stationary circles. This sends a
message to the whole of the lymphatic system that then starts
to work more efficiently. There is usually an immediate noticeable
reduction in fluid from swollen areas.
The underlying causes of fluid retention cannot be cured,
but they can be managed and I give guidance on how this can
be achieved. For example, if someone came for a course of
six sessions they would receive advice on suitable exercises
to do (after the second massage) and advice on self-massage
(after the third massage). The sixth massage would be a normal
(detox) massage and would give the opportunity to review progress.
Debra from Portishead says:
“Since I’ve had the Lymphatic Drainage, my friends
have commented that my face hasn’t puffed up! I’ve
noticed that my ankles no longer swell. My clothes fit better
– it’s given me confidence in my appearance.”
Nina from Bristol says:
"I suffer from lymphodema in one side of my face following surgery for cancer. My face was very swollen and very sore. After two sessions of MLD with Nick there were huge improvements and after three more you can hardly notice the swelling. It is also a wonderfully relaxing experince. I also have healing from Nick which makes me feel fantastic, fills me with hope for the future and revitalises my inner soul."