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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very light massage technique which moves the skin over the underlying tissues using slow and rhythmical movements.  The purpose of MLD is to increase the amount of movement of the lymphatic fluid in the lymphatic system.  


The lymphatic system consists of tiny vessels (similar to those of the circulatory/blood system) and nodes that are found throughout most of the body.  It is primarily responsible for the body’s immune function by constantly cleaning and moving lymphatic fluid through the body.  


The Vodder method of Lymphatic Drainage was developed by massage therapists Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife, Estrid Vodder in the early 1930’s as a way of treating clients with chronic colds.  Dr. Vodder later published his method and findings, coined the term “Manual Lymphatic Drainage” and began to teach it to others.  While there are now many methods of MLD, the Vodder method is unaltered and is taught and recognized throughout the world.  


The benefits of MLD


  • Relieves stress by soothing the nervous system and allowing the body to relax
  • Alleviates muscle pain, especially tired and aching legs
  • Helps the body to heal faster from injury or surgery where swelling has resulted
  • Enhances the body’s immune function
  • Aids in detoxification by removing excess water, waste, foreign particles and toxins


MLD can help the following conditions…


  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Detached Retina (gradual loss of vision, increased intraocular pressure)
  • Trauma to the eye or face resulting in a hematoma or swelling
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Meiere’s Syndrome
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Migraines (stress, digestion or hormone)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Joint replacement (post surgery)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Epicondylitis
  • Fractures
  • Constipation


In February 2008, Judy Ariagno, RMT completed her certification from the Dr. Vodder School of North America and is now fully trained using the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy.  


Read more about the Dr. Vodder school and method.  


Read more about Judy Ariagno, RMT. 


To book an appointment for Manual Lymphatic Drainage with Judy, you can use our online booking system or call the Clinic at 613-225-1127.  Please specify when you are booking your appointment that you are looking for MLD and what area you need therapy on. 




60 minutes – $90*
90 minutes – $130*

*Fees include HST