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This sought-after treatment is offered by a handful of truly elite practitioners in Northern New Jersey. We are proud to be recommended by area chiropractors, plastic surgeons and dermatologists for our high-quality MLD treatments.
What it’s for
Lymphatic Drainage has been successfully used in a variety of contexts. As a side benefit to treating the problems listed below, MLD patients feel a total sense of deep relaxation, due to the nature of the treatment (light rhythmical motions that encourage detoxification via the lymph system).
MLD is indicated for:
- Clearing areas of congestion such as swollen ankles and legs
- Reducing water retention
- Promoting scar-tissue healing and regeneration
- Detoxifying the body
- Treating cellulite
- Clearing up skin problems (acne, rosacea, eczema, wrinkles, puffiness under eyes)
- Providing relief from chronic pain, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, neuralgia, arthritis, migraine headaches, etc.
- Promoting deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
What to expect
The relaxing Lymphatic Drainage treatment is performed on bare skin, with no oil. Draping of clients according to established industry guidelines is practiced. You can expect an increased need to urinate soon after a treatment and for several hours thereafter, as excess fluids that were moved from the tissues are now ready to be excreted as urine. We recommend that you drink water after an MLD session to replenish fluids mobilized during this treatment.
Our manual lymphatic drainage of the face lasts for 45 minutes, while our full-body therapeutic MLD lasts for 90 minutes.
Our MLD Team
Stop looking, because you are not going to find a more talented and caring team of MLD specialists in North Jersey.
Isabel Viveros-Ciampi is a Clinical Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapist. She was first educated in MLD in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she also practiced the technique. Her training there was extensive.
In the late 1990s, she trained for a year at the Dr. Vodder School of Argentina, in a course supervised by Virginia Cool of France, one of the earliest and longest practitioners of MLD and a student of MLD pioneer and “inventor” Emil Vodder. Isabel perfected her skills with follow-up courses with Cool, as well as with international experts Dr. Didier Tomson of the Foeldi Clinic of Germany, Dr. Alberto Leduc of Belgium, Prof. Jean Michel Salétes of France, and the late Dr. Enrique Castells Garcia of Barcelona. More recently, Isabel has completed intensive Manual Lymphatic Drainage courses in the US as well. In 2005 and 2006, she studied with Linda (Koby) Blanchfield, RMT, CLT-LANA and received certificates from the Dr. Vodder School International, for MLD for the Neck and Face.
She also completed two 88-hour intensive courses for professionals at the Swedish Institute in New York City, overseen and taught by Lymphedema specialist Michael Alatriste, Clinical Director of The Lymphedema Alliance of NY. Alatriste was certified in the Dr. Vodder Method at the Vodder Clinic, Walchsee, Austria, in June of 2004. He also received training in advanced techniques for Lymphedema Management at the Foeldi Clinic in Germany in May of 2006.
Isabel completed Swedish Institute levels I and II in 2010 and 2011, respectively, covering topics such as preparation for surgery and rehabilitation, common cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures, MLD use in the treatment of common orthopedic surgeries, such as knee/hip replacement, and a thorough overview of breast cancer treatment. Also in 2011, she completed a course on Practical Applications of Manual Lymphatic Drainage with esteemed educator Carmen Thompson, whose training program is recognized by the National Lymphedema Network.
In July 2022, she completed a course with the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, gaining certification in Advanced MLD – Management of Post Plastic Surgery Procedures.
Stacy Sachais is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist.
In 2004, she successfully completed the 600-hour Massage and Bodywork Studies Program at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage (ITM), in Pompton Lakes, NJ.
Stacy’s strong desire to learn Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) came in 2018, when she observed its beneficial effects on two of her family members who received MLD for health reasons. In 2020, she completed a 36-hour continuing education course in Comprehensive Manual Lymph Drainage at ITM.
To gain an even deeper understanding, Stacy successfully completed the 135-hour certification program for Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) and Complete Decongestive Therapy, through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS), based in Sebastian, Florida. As the first school in the continental United States to offer Lymphedema Certification courses, ACOLS was founded in 1994 by Joachim Zuther. Mr. Zuther trained extensively in Germany, and he received his degree as a certified instructor for Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (MLD/CDT) from the German Physical Therapy Association. Zuther is a pioneering scholar in the study of Lymphatic Drainage, having authored the book, Lympedema Management: The Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners.
In July 2022, Stacy completed a course with the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, gaining certification in Advanced MLD – Management of Post Plastic Surgery Procedures.
Stacy is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, one of the largest professional associations for massage therapists and bodyworkers in the United States.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage for the Face
This treatment is recommended for clients experiencing swelling in the face, redness, puffy eyes, etc. Combined with a facial it is an excellent treatment for acne, rosacea, exzema, etc.
Full-Body Manual Lymphatic Drainage For Wellness
As a side benefit to treating the problems listed above, MLD patients feel a total sense of deep relaxation, due to the nature of the treatment (light rhythmical motions that encourage detoxification via the lymph system).
Understanding Manual Lymphatic Drainage
What is the lymphatic system?
It’s common knowledge that the circulatory system distributes blood throughout the body. But few are aware that the lymphatic system is responsible for keeping fluids flowing in the body.
The lymphatic system is a slow-moving network of fine vessels or ducts responsible for removing excess fluid, toxins, waste, and dead blood cells from the tissue, while also delivering nutrients, oxygen and hormones to the cells of the tissue.
Blockages in this system are responsible for many of the ailments and conditions listed above. Without this proper movement, the body’s immune system can seriously suffer. When performed by a skilled practitioner, Manual Lymphatic Drainage is the go-to restorative and correctional therapy for those suffering from a damaged lymphatic system.
What is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment like?
Manual Lymph Drainage should not be confused with a massage. MLD is a rhythmic and repetitive process that requires the patience and concentration of the therapist. MLD therapists’ hands don’t slide on the skin, they gently stretch it. Light, gentle strokes are used to help guide excess fluid toward the nearest group of lymph nodes, where particles are filtered and substances are removed before the lymph finallly empties into the veins.