MLDM is a very gentle, non-invasive, rhythmic treatment using a series of pumping actions to stimulate the lymphatic system. It therefore has a powerful cleansing effect, is extremely relaxing, and not only a great way to reduce fluid retention, but also a great detox.

Research in Australia, Europe and North America has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies. Developed in France in 1932 by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder MLD has grown to be the most well known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual technique used to help increase lymph flow. MLD is a skin stretching technique used to mimic the Lymphatic system’s natural movement. The movement is relaxing to the point of being almost hypnotic. The body switches into parasympathetic nervous system which is extremely relaxing as well as where our bodies go to do our own healing and resting. The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow. It also has profound effects on systems in the body.

The treatment is also fantastic post operative, on sprained or strained joints and swollen ankles during pregnancy.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Appointments


    Booking Time: 1 hour
    Price: £85


    Booking Time: 45 mins
    Price: £65

    Booking Time: 1 hour
    Price: £83

Manual Lymphatic Drainage FAQs

There are many health problems that may result from congested and stagnant lymph drainage. Here is partial list of conditions that may improve with increased lymph flow: arthritis, post-breast-cancer lymphoedema, cellulite, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, HIV, sinus problems, sluggishness, frequent colds or flu, congested lungs, wrinkles, vertigo, edema, toxin accumulation, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney problems, lupus, lymphedema, neck & shoulder stiffness, premenstrual syndrome, polyps, skin disorders and stress.

MLD promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens the pain, promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars minimizes or reduces stretch marks. Lymphatic drainage massage can help to stimulate the immune system and metabolism for healthy weight loss. The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in the body’s ability to heal from injury and to ward off disease.

The purpose of lymph drainage massage is to mechanically move fluid through the body’s tissues, removing waste materials and infectious microorganisms, and pushing that fluid through lymph nodes which clean lymph fluid and return it to the vascular system.

At reCentre based on Balham High Rd, Tooting Bec, on the border of SW12 / SW17, we select only those therapists who we feel have the expertise and experience to give you a truly exceptional massage.

Our Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapists

Elaine Tompkins Therapist reCentre Balham

Elaine has over 25 years of experience in the field of massage and offers a wide range of highly specialised treatments ranging from pre and post pregnancy massage, deep tissue muscular release therapy, myofascial and trigger point therapy, intra-oral massage for treating TMJ (tooth grinding/clenching) issues, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, specialised massage therapy for cancer and range of beautiful facial treatments with the added luxury of hot and cold stones. She is also a qualified Aromatherapist and Rosalena's Senior FaceFit therapist.

Her treatments are always bespoke; tailor made for each and every individual with a unique set of skills and creative offering that makes her a very popular therapist and truly an expert in her field.

Elaine is our senior reCentre massage therapist and is currently Head of Massage training for Neal's Yard Remedies, developing and delivering a wide range of training courses in the UK and overseas. She is highly qualified and is committed to providing a first class service.


Maud graduated in physiotherapy in 1998 in Paris.

She ran a clinic in Paris for 10 years where she developed a strong interest in women's health. As pelvic floor and abdominal retraining are highly promoted in France and grant aided by the French National Health System, Maud quickly gained good experience in treating pelvic floor disorders, bladder and back passage conditions and prolapses.

She has also completed postgraduate study to manage breast cancer related conditions including manual lymphatic drainage, shoulder exercises, and scar tissue work.

Maud had also extended her knowledge and skill in the treatment of pelvic pain, ante-natal musculo-skeletal conditions and diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles following childbirth).

Maud is a hands-on physiotherapist using both manual therapy and exercises in her treatment. Her approach is global and she does not believe in no pain, no gain.

In addition, Maud offers specialists chest physiotherapy for babies with bronchiolitis.

Maud is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please visit our Women's Health page for more information about our Women's Health services.

Maud also offers massage treatments at reCentre.

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Sunday: 9.00am – 2.00pm

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