Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD)

is a relaxing therapy, suitable for sensitive skin because no oils, creams or lotions are used.

It is a gentle, slow, rhythmic massage that uses a specialised techniques to stimulate lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels. This increases their working capacity and improves lymph drainage throughout the body.

The Lymphatic System is a vital part of the body's defence against infection.  Straw-coloured lymph fluid drains back into the blood system through an extensive network of vessels and nodes. Lymph nodes filter out excess protein, dead or abnormal cells and bacteria.  If the system's drainage routes are damaged or blocked, lymph fluid might accumulate in the tissue, causing swelling (oedema).  MLD helps to re- establish lymph balance and flow, and thereby reduce swelling.

MLD can be effective for:

  • Lymphoedema
  • Lipoedema
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Puffy Eyes
  • Swollen ankles
  • Water retention
  • Post-fracture swelling
  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Bursitis
  • Constipation
  • Tendonitis
  • Restless legs
  • Pre menstrual breast tenderness
  • Headaches

Indian Head Massage (IHM)

This is a modern massage technique based on traditional Indian Healing. Its origins lie in Ayuvedic principles in maintaining balance in the body and mind.

In India it is customary for babies to massaged daily and as they grow up children learn the skills as an expression of love and care. Each family often has its own unique sequence and ritual.

Barbers in India have developed a vigorous more stimulating technique which they incorporate into their daily treatments, leaving the client invigorated and alert.

Oils such as coconut, sesame, olive and almond are used to strengthen the hair and nourish the scalp.

Today, the traditional elements of scalp and neck massage have been combined with Western traditions of back, shoulders and face massage, to create a holistic therapy in its own right.

IHM treatment

A detailed medical history is taken prior to any treatment. Although IHM can be effective for many conditions, it may be unsuitable for some. The client should seek their GP's advice.

A complete treatment which is devised to suit the individual client’s needs will concentrate on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. Different moves and pressures are used, to stimulate the circulation and disperse tension locked within the muscles. This can produce a feeling of relaxation and well being or a sense of heightened awareness and energy depending on the client's specific wishes.

I.H.M can be performed on  a seated client, through clothing or directly on the skin if oils /lotions are preferred.

IHM benefits

IHM is beneficial for:

  • relaxation
  • tension headaches and eye strain.
  • muscle tension
  • concentration
  • skin condition
  • sinus problems
  • insomnia
  • scalp and hair condition

Effects of IHM:

  • Sense of well being
  • Mental and physical relaxation
  • Better sleep pattern
  • Relief of symptoms of hayfever
  • Improved sinuses
  • Improved movement of shoulders and neck
  • Improved skin condition

About Sue

First Lymph Care

Established 2002

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Lymphodema Nurse Specialist

B.A. Nurse RGN
NMC number: 78I2276E

LDM Diploma

MLD Certificate
(LeDuc Method)

IHM Diploma

L.T.A. "Fill and Flush Technique"


Professional membership

(Click on a logo to find out more).

Member of British Lymphology Society

Member of LeducUk

Member of LSN

Other useful links:

Lymphoedema Training Academy


Sue is fully insured
and updates her MLD training every 2yrs.

Sue graduated and qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1982. During her varied career she has worked in surgery, orthopaedics, medical, elderly care, renal dialysis and day surgery. She moved into palliative care in 1996 and has worked in lymphoedema management since 1998.  

Sue founded Lymph Care to make MLD available to all: especially those with sensitive skin and lymphoedema, for whom other forms of massage therapy may be unsuitable. 

Her nursing knowledge and experience gives her clients confidence and assurance that treatments are always appropriate for their condition, and safe. Sue is fully insured to practice independently and always takes a thorough medical history prior to any treatment planning.

Through `Lymph Care'  Sue provides a complete holistic approach to her clients, providing general health care advice and support for lymphoedema sufferers  to help them manage their condition. She has written and produced her own Fact Sheets for clients.

Raising awareness of the many benefits for all of both Manual Lymph Drainage and Indian Head Massage is a key part of Lymph Care and Sue is happy to give short talks and Demonstrations to local groups. 

Sue also delivers teaching sessions on Lymphoedema and its management to small groups of Allied Health professionals as part of their Continuing Professional Development.

Sue aims to enable more people to experience the positive effects of MLD and I.H.M  not only in the private sector but also through its use by companies for their employees as  part of occupational health support. 

Contact Sue

Phone Sue:  01827 25 11 97

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Treatment charges (As from 2018August)

Initial Consultation* & treatment £50
(*Includes full medical history essential before any new treatment.)

Subsequent treatments:

30 mins @ £25

1 hour @ £45

1 hour 30mins £55

Gift tokens available.

Note: MLD and IHM are not suitable for certain medical conditions. Please check with your GP.

24hrs notice or 50% fee

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