The Vodder manual lymph drainage technique is ideal to fight edema and fluid retention in the tissues. It is also great to treat cellulite, post-surgery scars and in case of stress and PMS. This technique began in the thirties and was created by the physiotherapist Emil Vodder who had been studying the lymphatic system for years.
The Vodder manual technique is carried out with slow and superficial movements and with a light massage, enveloping and rhythmic, characterized by backwards pumping maneuvers.
The lightness of the massage is in fact the main characteristic of this treatment and is almost imperceptible, since its effect is directed to the superficial tissues and not to the muscles which instead require different, faster and decidedly deeper massages. The pressure is thus usually very light and is varied depending on the various areas of the body or in presence of edemas, for this reason it is increased in the presence of lymphedema.
The slowness is due to the need to adapt the massage to the speed of the lymphatic circulation, which is not as fast as blood circulation, while the "feather-light" pressure is used to avoid compressing the lymphatic vessels and to transport the lymph to the lymph nodes correctly. The lymph node discharge maneuvers are deeper, since the goal of this technique is to empty our body from fluids, so the Vodder lymphatic drainage always starts from the neck.
At the end of the treatment the swelling, due to fluid retention, diminishes visibly and you can feel a sensation of lightness in the areas treated and in general over the entire body. If the light pressure and the slowness of the treatment do not fit the taste or needs of the person, this technique can be replaced with the haemolymphatic draining massage technique, more dynamic and faster, intended for both lymphatic and blood circulation.