What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, skin-stretching massage that promotes the movement of lymphatic fluid out of swollen limbs. Unlike traditional massages, MLD specifically targets the lymph vessels to enhance lymphatic fluid flow. Initially, therapy is applied to unaffected areas to facilitate the fluid movement from the affected area, effectively “decongesting” the region.

MLD helps open the remaining functioning lymph collectors, moving protein and fluid into them, and accelerating lymph fluid flow through the lymphatics.

The Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Pure Awakening proudly offers MLD therapy, which provides numerous health benefits, especially for women during pregnancy. Our mobile services ensure you receive therapeutic bodywork tailored to your specific health needs and concerns in the comfort and convenience of your home.

We offer specialized therapies performed by highly skilled therapists, covering pregnancy massage, postnatal massage, lymphatic drainage, and other treatments to support wellness goals, post-surgical recovery, and stress management.

Holistic Massage Experience

At Pure Awakening, we believe massage should be a holistic experience. We use a variety of techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, and lymphatic drainage, to relieve pain and transport you into a state of deep relaxation and pain-free well-being. Our treatments can be enhanced with bespoke add-on therapies or customized programs designed to relieve stress.

Prenatal Lymphatic Drainage and Massage

Lymphatic Drainage as a Prenatal Therapy: This soothing massage technique alleviates pregnancy-related swelling and digestive issues, boosts the immune system, and leaves you feeling lighter and more relaxed. Combining MLD with a massage allows your therapist to address muscular tension and provide gentle relief from water retention and swelling.

Prenatal Massage: Prenatal massage is a safe, drug-free way to ease many pains and concerns during pregnancy. It helps with back, neck, and shoulder pain, improves circulation to reduce swelling and water retention, alleviates hip and sciatic pain, and clears blocked sinuses. Regular treatments keep muscles supple and prepare the mind and body for labor. Our curated packages address these concerns, providing a nurturing experience for both mother and baby.

Postnatal Lymphatic Drainage and Massage

Postnatal Massage: Postnatal massage is essential for addressing the physical challenges of adjusting to life with a new baby while recuperating from pregnancy and birth. It eases sore muscles, increases immunity, and combats the effects of broken sleep. As a mother, it’s easy to overlook your own needs. A postnatal massage provides much-needed self-care, making it your turn to be pampered.

Pure Awakening’s mobile service makes postnatal treatments ideal, eliminating the stress of leaving your baby or getting dressed to go out. This is also a perfect gift for new moms and can be purchased via WhatsApp.

Lymph Drainage as a Postnatal Treatment: Lymphatic drainage postnatally reduces postpartum water retention and aids the body’s natural healing process. Suitable after both assisted and unassisted births, this mild and relaxing technique is an excellent choice for new mothers.

MLD and Body Detoxification

Your lymphatic system works with your cardiovascular system to flush out toxins and carry white blood cells throughout your body to fight infections. MLD is an effective complementary therapy for detoxification. It ensures lymph fluid circulation remains optimal, preventing toxin accumulation and enhancing immune cell distribution.

Research by the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows that massage increases white blood cell production. Therefore, MLD not only helps eliminate toxins but also boosts your immune system.

Post-Operative Benefits of MLD

Lymphatic drainage is gentle enough to begin within the first 24 hours after an operation or injury. Early treatment reduces swelling, bruising, and pain, potentially improving the healing rate. MLD accelerates the removal of waste, dead cell particles, and inflammatory agents, aiding faster recovery and reducing rehabilitation time.

Health Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage

  • Alleviates post-surgical edema
  • Reduces pain and inflammation
  • Detoxifies the body by stimulating lymphatic filtering processes
  • Boosts immune system function
  • Improves skin regeneration and wound healing
  • Reduces scar formation and severity

Contraindications for MLD

While MLD has many benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone. Contraindications can be absolute or relative. Absolute contraindications mean MLD should not be performed, while relative contraindications may be overridden by a therapist for valid reasons.

Absolute Contraindications:

  • Acute inflammation caused by bacteria, viruses, or poisons
  • Malignant tumors due to the risk of spreading cancer
  • Thrombosis because of the danger of blood clots
  • Major heart problems, as increasing lymph flow can stress the heart

Relative Contraindications:

  • Kidney problems (consult a physician first)
  • Bronchial asthma (risk of triggering an attack)
  • Thyroid issues (avoid treatment around the throat)
  • Certain medications and chemotherapy
  • First three months of pregnancy (risk of miscarriage)
  • Removed spleen (recommend shorter sessions initially)
  • Menstruation (may increase flow)

Booking Your MLD Session

We hope this information provides a comprehensive understanding of MLD and its benefits for prenatal and postnatal rejuvenation, stress management, and overall health. For bookings, please contact us via WhatsApp at 064 724 7870.

denicia smith
denicia smith
Wow what a lovely treat. Thank you so much for today. You made my mom 71st bday extra special❤
Sharlene Smith
Sharlene Smith
Wow, I'm so amazed!!! Kim was so professional and my message was amazing the setup was beautiful in the comfort of my own home from making my booking it was so easy and Judy was so so helpful to get my booking sorted and she communicated with me through out!! I'm definitely making my next appointment 🌼
Didi fischbach
Didi fischbach
The ladies are so professional. We had such a wonderful massage.
Divana Badal
Divana Badal
Recieved the pedicure treatment from Lindiwe. Great service. Will definitely make use of their services again 10/10
Hanrie Fridjhon
Hanrie Fridjhon
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Adinda Kapp
Adinda Kapp
It felt as though we were in a real spa even though it was in the comfort of our own home. Thank you for the amazing service!!
Very relaxing, great massage.


Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a powerful therapeutic technique offering numerous health benefits, from reducing swelling and enhancing post-surgical recovery to boosting the immune system and aiding in detoxification. At Pure Awakening, we provide personalized MLD therapy tailored to your specific needs, ensuring comfort and convenience with our mobile services. Whether you’re a new mom, an athlete, or someone seeking holistic wellness, MLD can significantly improve your overall well-being. Book your session with us today and experience the profound benefits of this gentle yet effective massage therapy.

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