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The Grove Studio for Natural Healing is pleased to offer both Complete Decongestive Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder Technique) as therapeutic services for our clients.  In addition to Lymphedema, some of the conditions known (and research supported) to benefit from MLD therapy include:​


Athletic Recovery (for Professional Athletes)



Chronic Fatigue Syndrome




Migraine Headaches


Palliative Care


Surgical Patients

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Lymphatics: About
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The lymphatic system, consisting of lymph vessels, ducts and nodes, has sometimes been referred to as the body’s “sanitation system.”    A critical component of our immune system, the lymphatic system serves to clear the body of accumulated interstitial fluid (96% water) that transports cellular debris (the by-products of metabolism), illness causing pathogens, and environmental toxins. 

The lymphatic system runs parallel to the circulatory system, and  - while it has no pumping “heart” of its own -  the contraction of lymphatic vessels and the healthy flow of lymphatic fluid, is ordinarily encouraged by venous return, muscular movement and exercise.  

A sedentary lifestyle, chronic illness, surgical procedures and other physical trauma, poor diet, weight concerns and heightened toxin exposure can all contribute to stress upon - and reduced function of - the lymphatic system.  This results in an accumulated lymphatic load that, in turn, contributes to compromised immune function, fatigue, swelling and pain. 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage, a non-invasive manual technique, first developed by Dr. Emil Vodder in the 1930s, uses light therapeutic pressure coupled with repetitive rhythmic strokes to enhance lymph formation, stimulate and encourage the natural contraction of the lymphatic vessels, and promote the draining of lymphatic fluid and waste from both the superficial and deep systems of the lymph vascular network.

Conditions benefitting from the treatment of Manual Lymphatic Drainage include Arthritis, Athletic Recovery, Autism, Cellulite, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Edema (and Lymphedema), Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, Migraines, Palliative Care, Surgical procedures - both pre- and post-operative.  Following (and before) a surgical procedure, surgeons will recommend the application of MLD therapy to reduce swelling which may contribute to improved healing time, increased joint mobility and function at the surgical site.   Professional Athletes have found that MLD leads to help reduced inflammation, shortened recovery times and enhanced athletic performance.    And, of course, Manual Lymphatic Drainage is long known to spa professionals for its ability to reduce the retention of fluids that contribute to the appearance of cellulite.

Typical MLD sessions may run between 60 and 90 minutes long, and we recommend a series of at least 5 sessions (depending on the area and condition being treated), coupled with supportive compression garments between sessions, to achieve optimal results.   Please be very aware that a professional MLD therapist will NEVER force the flow of lymphatic fluid from any incision site.

Trained at the Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS), Nina Dmitrieff (MLD-C/CLT) has been educated and certified in the original Vodder techniques of Manual Lymphatic drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy, and has gone on to additional training certifications in specialized pre-and post-operative care and management, including the application of Lymphatic Cupping Therapy which can help to achieve outstanding results.  If you would like to learn how Manual Lymphatic Drainage can help you, please contact us directly. 

Private, in-home, care appointments are available for Manual Lymphatic Drainage patients unable to travel to the studio.

Lymphatics: About
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"The idea is that flowing water never goes stale.  So keep it flowing."

- Bruce Lee

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