Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage History

History of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

In 1932 Dr Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid Vodder worked as massage therapists in Cannes, France where they treated a high number of patients from Britain who had been sent there to recover from bad colds brought on by the damp weather climate in Britain.

Whilst working on these patients they noticed that they all had swollen lymph nodes in their necks. At that time general medical opinion was that the lymph system should not be worked on. Dr Vodder decided to go against medical opinion and work on the lymph nodes. The Vodder’s successfully treated their patients in Cannes and discovered that after a few treatments their colds had disappeared.

One noticeable success story was a patient who attended the Cannes clinic for treatment of a nose and throat infection, blemished (acne) oily skin and migraines. After 10 facial massage treatments the patient was cured of all their ailments.

In 1935 Dr Vodder’s method was first made public and from there he continued to work as a massage therapist and went on to teach his method.