Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Beata Antonious, RMT, CDT is one of 100 therapists in Ontario who has completed the Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy. The Canadian and American Lymphedema Associations and major cancer hospitals all recognize this method.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapeutic method that stimulates the lymphatic system. Gentle, rhythmical and precise movements are applied to specific areas of the body to aid in collecting and moving lymphatic fluid. It aids the drainage of excess fluid and also provides a detoxifying effect.

In 1932, Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder developed Manual Lymphatic Drainage in France. It has since grown to be the most well-known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in the drainage of tissues. The therapeutic benefit of MLD is well documented and widely prescribed by physicians in Europe and many in North America.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapist

Manual Lymphatic Drainage helps remove metabolic waste, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules, and foreign substances from the tissues. It alleviates pain by significantly reducing the pain signals sent to the brain, decreases stress levels, enhances the immune system, and aids the body in quicker recovery from injuries, surgeries, chronic conditions, and edema, as well as minimizing scar formation. It is also extremely beneficial for individuals who have undergone cancer care and lymphedema; and reduces inflammation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and increases better digestion and calms down the nervous system.

It is highly recommended for individuals who are feeling tired or puffy, in need of boosting the immune system and speeding up healing.  Overall, manual lymphatic drainage is suitable for anyone aiming to improve their overall health.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is highly effective in treating:

  • Pre/post-surgery – plastic surgery, dental, hip, knee, etc.
  • Lymphedema
  • Post cancer
  • Acute sprains/strains
  • Chronic pain and fatigue
  • Pregnancy
  • Burns, scars, and acne
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Tinnitus
  • Detoxification

In some cases, results are evident in as little as one treatment. We do, however, recommend having a few treatment sessions booked consecutively for the best results. We establish a treatment plan during your first visit, which will determine the number of sessions needed for the best results.


Please keep in mind that lymphatic drainage is contraindicated when experiencing:

  1. Infections
  2. Open wounds
  3. Thrombosis
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Heart failure
  6. Liver failure
  7. Kidney failure
  8. Undiagnosed tumors

***Manual lymphatic drainage can be incorporated as a part of ongoing and post-cancer care treatment with the permission of the oncologist.

Manual lymphatic drainage is considered as a modality of massage therapy, hence covered by extended health insurance.

30-minute treatment targets one area of the body.  It is recommended when reducing water retention in the face, as well as bloating.

60-minute treatments are recommended for post-surgery, cancer care, lymphedema and for overall improvement in health by boosting the immune system.

When booking your lymphatic drainage treatment, please complete your health intake form at your earliest convenience so a specific treatment plan can be created to achieve your specific goals. Please be specific with dates of surgeries and illnesses, as this may affect your treatment plan.

What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition where the lymphatic system is compromised. There is inadequate drainage of fluid and proteins, which results in the swelling of tissues. There are two types of lymphedema; primary and secondary. Primary lymphedema is the cause of a developmental defect of the lymphatic system. Secondary lymphedema is caused by damage to parts of the lymphatic system as a result of trauma, surgery, obesity, cancer, infection, and radiation. Is can occur at any age.

Although lymphedema is a lifelong and progressive condition, we can control it by using the Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). It is currently the recommended treatment for lymphedema.

Lymphatic Drainage

Treatment for lymphedema consists of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and the administration of compression bandaging, along with specific exercises, proper diet and skincare. For best results, commitment to an intense treatment plan is vital. Once the swelling is at a desirable size, a compression garment is applied, and we begin manual lymphatic drainage treatments for maintenance.

If you are interested in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, visit our contact page to get in touch with Beata, or book directly online at your convenience.

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