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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

Wellness and the Lymphatic System

Mar 29, 2022 06:09PM ● By Christina Boyle
Our bodies have many systems, pathways, connections and methods of self-healing. When we are injured or after surgery, the swelling of lymph fluid may be unable to clear the area. Lymphatic massage comprises light pressure following the path of the lymphatic system to clear the lymphatic fluid from the tissues and move it to the lymph nodes.


Benefits of manual lymphatic drainage include more efficient healing from illness, injury or surgery; relaxation and stress relief; reduced scar formation due to increased healing response; removal of excess water and metabolic waste from the tissues; and reduced swelling and fluid retention. Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit those with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, swelling or edema, skin disorders, fatigue, insomnia, stress and digestive problems.


Manual lymphatic drainage techniques (MLDT) date back to the 1800s, when Andrew Taylor Still, DO, proposed the initial principles. With the advent of osteopathic manipulative techniques, many people explored healing with this new method. Emil Vodder, Ph.D., focused his clinical research on gaining further insight into the treatment of illness by manipulating the lymphatic system, and reported successful treatment results using MLDT throughout the 1930s. Vodder's treatment and approach is most commonly used today.


By combining body contouring sessions with lymphatic drainage techniques, clients receive the ultimate results.


Cristina Boyle, a state licensed massage therapist and esthetician, is the owner of Happie Soul Massage Holistic & Alternative Therapy, located at 5000 Lenker St., Ste. 104, in Mechanicsburg. She is also a certified reiki master teacher and trained body contour specialist. For more information, call 717-254-7250 or visit