Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Practitioner: Sara Della Torre

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Vodder Method

Lymphatic drainage is a special massage technique that, as the word itself implies, promotes the drainage of lymphatic liquids from the tissues: the manual mechanical action is performed at the level of areas involving the lymphatic system (composed of the spleen, thymus, lymphatic nodules and lymph nodes).

The aim is to direct the lymph towards the lymphatic areas closest to the massaged area: in this way, the superficial circulation of the lymph and its flow is facilitated.

Lymph drainage works on 3 levels:

  1. Draining action: promotes the elimination of interstitial and lymphatic liquids
  2. Relaxing activity of the muscle fibres
  3. Immune system strengthening: ability to introduce leucocytes and immunoglobulins (produced in the organs of the lymphatic system)

The technique of lymph drainage is performed by applying a light pressure movement on the skin, which must be slow and gentle, taking care to apply tangential thrusts. The lymph drainage must follow the path of the lymph: in this regard, the massage requires starting at the neck level, the area where the lymph nodes are located, where the lymph mixes with the bloodstream. Only then does the technique proceed to the other areas of the body.

There are four typical massage movements: circular, roundabout, pumping and dispensing movements.

Indications and Benefits

  • Fights cellulite: works best in the initial stages although it is still effective at any time to improve the initial situation.
  • Improves the annoying problem of swollen feet
  • Pregnancy bloating (from the fourth month and up to delivery) and premenstrual syndrome.
  • Counteracts acne rosacea
  • Lymphoedema
  • Exfoliates and regenerates the skin
  • Pain reliever
  • Reduces swelling from water retention
  • Arthrosis
  • Prevents fluid stagnation
  • Boosts the immune system


  • Neoplasia (within the last 5 years)
  • Heart failure
  • Arterial hypotension
  • Bacterial infections
  • Hyperthyroidism


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