Jody Deutsch LMT, CMLDT, is the owner and a licensed massage therapist at Aspen Bodywork LLC, with nearly 15 years of experience in the field of therapeutic massage. She has maintained a private practice since becoming licensed in 2002, and has recently completed the Klose Training Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Certification Course. In addition to her bodywork education she also has a BS in Community Health Education and Aging Services from Portland State University.
Jody is passionate about the work that she does and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of her clients and community. Her massage practice has been part of Corbett Hill Wellness Center since 2004, where she has created a peaceful and supportive environment for her clients.
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
- Injury repair/recovery
- Deep tissue
- Pregnancy massage
What is Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)?
MLD techniques are gentle, slow and rhythmic – designed to promote lymph flow, and activate the lymphatic system by manually supporting its natural flow and activity.
The lymphatic system prevents edema (swelling) by returning blood capillary filtrate (water) back into the systemic circulation, thus preventing fluid accumulation in the tissue. It also absorbs fat and fat-soluble vitamins from the small intestine, and it recycles proteins – 75-100 grams of protein are transported by the lymph vessels per day! In addition, the lymphatic system provides immune surveillance by recognizing and responding to foreign cells, microbes, viruses, and cancer cells.
Currently there are no surgeries or medications to support the lymphatic system, only manual therapies like compression, exercise…and you guessed it – MLD!
- Post-traumatic injuries
- Sprains, whiplash, and hematomas.
- Post-surgery swelling
- Facelift, liposuction, breast reduction or augmentation and joint replacements.
- Oncology treatment
- Post-surgical recovery, edema reduction, pain control, infection prevention (particularly local infections), hematoma reduction/resolution, constipation relief, relaxation, stress reduction, and improved sleep. In addition to generalized impacts, MLD can help support patients with lymphedema by redirecting fluid around damaged or blocked areas.
- Autoimmune disorders
- Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, mono, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma.
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Other disorders
- Migraines, sinus problems, tinnitus, fibrocystic breast disease, pregnancy edema, Lyme disease, diabetes and inflammation.
How is an MLD treatment different from other massages?
An MLD treatment is much like a Swedish massage; the big difference is that MLD requires a VERY light touch, and it is typically performed without using lotion because the practitioner needs to get a slight skin stretch. The treatment usually begins with the client lying on their back. The therapist starts with a neck sequence and then moves to the abdomen to facilitate deep belly breathing (this clears out the deep lymph collectors). Once the deep lymph vessels have been cleared, the therapist will begin working proximal (close in), and then gradually moves out distally (towards hands and feet) – clearing out any fluid along the way. Treatment time varies and depends on what is being treated. For example, if a client is coming in for allergy and sinus relief it would take 30 minutes to do a head and neck sequence; a full-body MLD sequence it would take approximately 75 minutes.
Jody Hale Deutsch, LMT License #8188