Lymphatic Massage Bellingham

Feather light touch

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (MLD) is a specific gentle, rhythmic stimulation of the lymph nodes and lymph vessels that can increase the normal rate of lymph flow. The slow rhythmic strokes move the skin and connective tissue, creating a gentle pumping action that promotes drainage.

​MLD has a pain-relieving effect and can be used to treat recent trauma such as sport injuries and recovery from surgery. It is used in the care of patients with conditions such as venous stasis ulceration, wounds, scar tissue, burns, traumatic edema, orthopedic indications such as adhesive capsulitis, arthritic condition, acute whiplash, Meniere’s Syndrome, migraines and more.

​CDT enables a therapist to manage patients with lymphedema and venous insufficiency edema, using a combination of Manual Lymph Drainage, Exercise Therapy, Compression Bandaging and Skin Care. This allows advanced care of patients with lymphedema from surgery or injury. Suitable venous edemas may also be managed successfully with these techniques.​

"Lymphedema is a potential side effect of breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy..."

MLD benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Decreased Pitting Edema
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Smooths Cellulite
  • Improves Surgical Recovery
  • Decreases Facial Puffiness
  • Detoxifies Waste
  • Relieves Headaches/Migraines
  • Soothes sore muscles

MLD gently speeds surgical recovery

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is an ideal form of therapy for most pre- and post-surgical recovery. When a lymph node has been compromised as a result of surgery, radiation, or a congenital condition, the lymphatic system lacks the capacity of transporting fluids through the damaged area. This can cause a backup of fluid that may develop into Lymphedema.

The gentle stimulation assists the flow of lymphatic fluid, encouraging the lymph to find and regain a new healthy path. Promoting detoxification of the entire body may help reduce fluid retention; accelerate healing of burns; and minimize bruising and scarring.

Annie Monroe is certified in MLD, CDT

I have completed an advanced training with certification in the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), offered by the internationally recognized Dr. Vodder School. The program included pathology, instruction and examination with the medical director of the school.

Completion of the 160-hour intensive training program has made me one of the approximate 1000 certified therapists in North America currently certified with Vodder to practice this specialized technique.

Learn more about the Lymphedema and current research at

Vodder International.

Click here for the latest news and how to get involved with the Lymphedema Treatment Act

Lymphedema Treament Act.

If you have any needs for MLD treatments I wholeheartedly recommend Annie. She has been thoroughly certified and really knows her stuff!!!

Mel Peters
Licensed Massage Therapist

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