Lymphatic Massage is becoming an increasingly popular treatment among wellness-minded people. This technique is also often referred to as Manual Lymph Drainage or MLD. Interested in learning more about Lymphatic Massage? Hand In Health is here to tell you more about this in demand medical treatment. If you’re looking for a Manual Lymph Drainage Practitioner in the Central New York region, we invite you to contact our North Syracuse or Downtown Syracuse location to book an appointment.

What is Lymphatic Massage?

Manual Lymph Drainage is a light manual technique that will be used to gently direct lymph fluid towards the body’s lymph nodes. Lymphatic Massage is an effective treatment that gives the immune system support by encouraging excess waste, or inflammation, to leave the body.

What are Lymph and Lymph Nodes anyway?

Lymphatic System

Lymph is a mixture of water, proteins, fats, immune system components, waste products, and other remnants of cell metabolism. Lymph nodes, which filter out the debris, are found throughout the body, with especially large groups of them in the neck, armpits, and groin. These major collections of lymph nodes ensure that the lymph passes through as many nodes as possible before it returns to the circulatory system.

How does it work?

Similar to blood capillaries, Lymph capillaries are located throughout the body. These capillaries are the “highways” for lymph to travel towards the nodes. However, the lymph capillaries do not have a central pump, like the heart. Therefore, lymphatic flow relies on movement of the body to push lymph fluid forward. Eventually, excess lymph will leave the body once it reaches the cardiovascular system, is processed through the kidneys, and eliminated. Our bodies naturally have lymphatic flow however, Manual Lymph Drainage can increase this flow more than 5X the normal rate.

Lymphatic Massage in Syracuse NY

Katy Woods performs Manual Lymph Drainage at Hand in Health in North Syracuse NY

What should I expect during a MLD treatment?

During a lymph drainage massage, a specially-trained massage therapist uses a series of gliding, compressing, stretching, and cupping motions over the patient’s body. The light rhythmic movements, applied without massage oil, stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels that sit right below your skin. These techniques allow lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes. In addition, MLD follows a specific sequence over the body so lymph isn’t trapped anywhere..

Why should I get a Lymphatic Massage?

Both men and women alike incorporate lymphatic drainage massage into their wellness routines given its many benefits. Patients who would benefit the most from a Lymphatic Massage treatment are those living with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches/migraines, lipedema or Lyme disease. Also, other indications for this work include post-surgical swelling/bruising or bloating from period cramps.

MLD has also been proven effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions (such as acne and rosacea), allergies, and a long list of other issues. In addition, Lymphatic Massage is used following cosmetic surgery to reduce swelling and flush byproducts of anesthesia from the body.

  • Manage pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce swelling and bruising
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase energy
  • Boost Immune System
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite
Have Additional Questions About Manual Lymph Drainage?

Don’t let unanswered questions or uncertainties keep you from experiencing the benefits of MLD. If you have additional questions about lymphatic massage or would like to book an appointment, contact our North Syracuse or Downtown Syracuse location today!


Katy Woods LMT RYT MLD-C BS, Licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher Licensed in 2018; Available in North Syracuse

Favorite Treatments: Manual Lymph Drainage Therapeutic Massage, Pregnancy

Certifications: ● Manual Lymphatic Drainage ● Medical Cupping Practitioner

Katy’s style of massage is a blend of relaxation and therapeutic treatments to help resolve issues such as stress, anxiety, chronic pain and joint stiffness. She also uses her education as a Yoga teacher by offering one-on-one training to assist others live their lives fully through the freedom of movement. Interests: Traveling, reading, music