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Sylvia Lopez CMT, CMLDT

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lymphatic drainage therapist

Sylvia Lopez CMT, CMLDT

Certified Dr. Vodder Manual

Lymphatic Drainage Method

Sylvia is a successful certified massage therapist and certified manual lymphatic drainage therapist.

In the course of the last 20 years Sylvia has established herself in the spa industry as a General Manager and later promoted to Salon and Spa Director. A graduate from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and certified through the highly regarded Dr. Vodder. Sylvia has successful hands-on experience providing comfort and care massage for pre and post-operative patients. Due to her technical expertise and ability to create a calm, nurturing environment, she has been privileged to receive referrals from many of top San Diego Plastic Surgeons.

Sylvia is here to answer any questions you have about Manual Lymph Drainage and how you can benefit from its powerful immediate and long-term effects.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice, as well as non-cancellations / no-shows, will be charged 50% of your scheduled treatment(s).

Booking Your Appointment

  • When scheduling an appointment, please notify us of any physical conditions, disabilities or allergies that we should be aware of.

  • Our highly trained professionals will discreetly drape you to respect your privacy and comfort at all times.

  • Gratuities are not included with any of our services or gift certificates. All gratuities are at the client’s discretion.

  • Any illicit or sexually suggestive remarks or advances made by the client will result in immediate termination of the session, and they will be liable for payment in full of the scheduled massage appointment.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any side effects associated with MLD?
There are no known side effects of MLD. Some people report feeling tired after a session so I always recommend that clients allow themselves time to relax afterwards.
How do I know if my lymphatic system is clogged?
If the Lymphatic system is working efficiently, we generally feel healthy. Tiredness, constant fatigue, bouts of colds and infections could mean that our lymphatic system is weak and struggling to function to its optimum capability. A congested lymphatic system, resulting from the metabolic waste materials inability to be removed, can also prevent new healthy nutrients, that are vital to the human cell’s very existence, nourish the cells in our body.
Is MLD painful?

Lymphatic drainage or lymphatic massage is a very gentle, hands on technique and should not be uncomfortable.

Will MLD physically push fluid out of my body?

NO. It's alarming that I've heard a number of people say they've had "lymphatic drainage" performed while standing with someone physically pushing fluid out of their incisions. Not only is this medically dangerous, but it's out of the scope of practice for massage therapy, and more than that, is NOT ACTUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE.

Can MLD help get rid of bruising?

Yes. Bruises are an accumulation of cellular debris and old red blood cells in the tissue. MLD significantly reduces healing time for bruises by cleansing the extracellular spaces where these substances are trapped.

How do I find the right manual lymph drainage therapist for me?

Manual lymph drainage is a form of manual therapy. The strokes performed are very specific and have to follow the anatomy of the lymphatic system. Lymph drainage based on the teachings of Dr.Vodder have been proven the most effective and are recognized in the medical community all over the world. Your therapist should have attended a school who teaches this method and holds regularly review classes for their graduates for stroke reviews and sharing of the newest knowledge in the field of lymphatic studies.

I have never heard of lymphatic drainage massage. Where did it originate?

The original method of lymphatic drainage massage (also known as manual lymph drainage or MLD) was developed by Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife in the 1930s, in Europe. MLD is very popular in Europe, especially Germany. Other types of lymphatic drainage massage have also gained popularity since that time.

What Happens during a MLD treatment?

The session begins, in a private and warm room, with taking details of your medical history and the reason for your visit. You will be asked to lie down on a therapist table and appropriate covering will be placed over you—to ensure complete modesty and comfort.

The treatment commences at the neck to clear the area and “make space” for lymph fluid to be drawn there, and subsequently processed through the lymphatic duct, for re-entry into the circulatory system.

The next part of the sequence will depend entirely on the particular needs of the individual. Your practitioner will assess your lymphatic circulation and determine the best pathways for draining lymphatic stagnation for your individual needs.

Depending on the treatment, the session will last 50-80 minutes.

MLD is NOT a form of massage.

More About MLD at American Massage Therapy Association


Alan M.
If I could give 10 stars I would. Had a chest operation and have to get a number of drainage massages done afterwards. I found the treatment really help with my fluid build up and the massage itself was very relaxing and comfortable. I will definitely recommend Sylvia and use her in the future. Great knowledge and conversation. Thank you
Nabeelah M.
I had my first lymphatic drainage massage today. All I can say is Sylvia is amazing . I have slight lymphodema in my arm had a DIEP flap surgery done two years ago. My stomach had been feeling swollen and tight this whole time , but after my first session with Sylvia , I already can feel a huge difference in my stomach - the tightness has decreased tremendously and the swelling has also gone down a lot . I can’t wait for my next session !
Schmidt, M.
Sylvia was amazing! She was my first lymphatic massage, 2 weeks after surgery. I could not believe how much fluid I lost by the next morning. I didn’t know what to expect but after experiencing the results, I highly recommend her massage as part of post surgery recovery.
Tout, S.
Sylvia is great! She had an extensive knowledge base around the lymphatic massage after surgery and I have been in great hands under her care. Her approach doesn’t stop with the massage. She cares about you and gives you advice on how to continue getting better. I have seen some great improvement since I started with her and I am glad my Dr introduced me to her!
Sabrina M.
My experience was amazing! Sylvia was fast to respond and get me booked for my Lymphatic massage. She was very professional in knowing what I needed and what to expect. Along with being so nice. I would highly recommend her if your looking for someone that knows what there doing and can put you in complete relaxation.
Adriana V.
Absolutely have loved and would recommend lymphatic drainage massages with Sylvia. She’s informative, kind, super gentle, and accommodating. I have never felt so relaxed before after a massage.
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