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Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle form of bodywork with several practical applications.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage, or MLD, is a gentle yet powerful form of bodywork that is intended to stimulate and encourage the natural movement of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back towards the heart.  It is a technique based on gentle, rhythmic and constant movements that mimic the rhythm of the body’s lymphatic system.

Although lymphatic massage may not be as common as other types of massage modalities, the benefits that it provides are numerous.  If you are feeling a bit sluggish, experiencing mild to moderate swelling, recovering from an injury or surgery, or interested in optimizing your immune system MLD could be the therapeutic option for you.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is also extremely effective in treating post-surgical swelling caused by liposuction, abdominoplasty, facelift, breast lift/reduction, and many, many other elective, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgeries.  This treatment is also extremely effective in reducing the lumps and bumps that can be associated with liposuction.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage done at the Therapeutic Massage Center of Middleton is performed by Carmela Wiese, LMT, CMLDT.  Carmela was trained in the Vodder Technique through Klose Training and Nicola McGill in Boulder, Colorado. Both Carmela and Courtney are highly trained and each have over 6 years of experience in treating post-surgical patients.



MLD is indicated for many…including healthy individuals wanting to boost their immune system or those with (but not limited to) the following conditions:

  • Autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus and chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Neuropathy
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Varicose veins
  • Sinus congestion
  • Lyme disease
  • Pre/post-surgical procedures (such as knee replacement, hip replacement, liposuction surgery, tummy tuck)
  • Metabolic waste removal after CoolSculpting
  • Edema
  • Lymphedema
  • Post-mastectomy swelling
  • Lumpectomy


Although MLD is beneficial to a number of conditions, it is not for everybody. Please note that we may need to contact your health care provider for further information on your condition.  Contraindications include:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • DVT
  • Kidney disorders
  • Acute inflammation or infection/malignancies
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Acute cold/flu
  • Fever
  • Some medications

MLD Pricing (as of 9/12/22)

  • 30 minutes  Neck and Face only. Indications include:  Sinus/Tension Headache/Migraine, Puffy Eyes:  $65
  • 60 minutes  Neck, Abdominal and Upper or Lower Extremity. Indications Include: Lymphedema, Chronic Health Issues, Post Traumatic Injury Edema:  $130
  • 90 minutes  Full Body Sequence. Indications include:  Overall Immune System Support, Fibromyalgia:  $195

Pre/Post Surgical Manual Lymphatic Drainage

  • 60 minutes The perfect way to get ready for or recover from surgery.  Pre-surgical sessions prep your body for upcoming surgery.  Post-surgical sessions help your body recovery from the swelling and discomfort associated liposuction, abdominoplasty, face-lift, breast reduction, breast augmentation, top surgery, fat transfer, or BBLs. $140

To schedule a Manual Lymphatic Drainage session click here or to discuss MLD as an option please contact our clinic at 608-203-8550 to discuss how MLD can help you.

**A couple of points to remember when booking your Manual Lymphatic Drainage session:  Make sure you schedule at a time that you are able to go home and rest for the remainder of the day.  Also, it is not recommended that you come after a big meal.  The deep abdominal work can get uncomfortable right after eating. Please also remember to stay hydrated!**