Since the 1930s, millions of people worldwide have enjoyed the benefits of a Dr Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage Treatment. Visit us in South Berkeley, for a calming, relaxing, and many people say "life-changing" ultimate healing experience.

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• Have you heard that your body is mostly water? Did you know that a majority of that water is actually lymph fluid? Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) was developed in Europe in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder. 

Dr. Vodder MLD is recognized worldwide as the gold standard of MLD techniques because it is considered to be the safest, most effective, and gentlest approach to cleansing the body’s tissues and results in a profound detoxifying effect.  

• MLD benefits more than 60 different health conditions. Scientific studies, as well as vast clinical experience, have supported the effectiveness of MLD.  

Your lymphatic system can be thought of as the garbage collection system of the body, and as such, flushes toxins and waste out of every cell, tissue and organ. In this way, the lymph system plays a vital role in your immune system.  

Lymphatic drainage is a gentle process that encourages these channels to drain and clear up, improving health both mentally and physically.  

• Skepticism is encouraged, especially if you are unfamiliar with lymphatic drainage and are just now exploring its potential benefits. Don’t worry- its benefits are well supported via clinical studies. Studies have demonstrated its benefits benefits with respect to breast cancer and general well-being. If you’re diving deep and doing your homework, we recommend these studies to start:

1. August 2020 - Pubmed Manual lymphatic drainage treatment for lymphedema: a systematic review of the literature

2 December 2020 - Pubmed - Manual lymphatic drainage for lymphedema in patients after breast cancer surgery

3. December 2019 - Sagepub - Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Postoperative Abdominoplasty With Core Liposuction Patients

4. January 2010 – Wiley Online - Effects of mechanical massage, manual lymphatic drainage and connective tissue manipulation techniques on fat mass in women with cellulite

5. September 2013 – British Journal of Community Nursing - Manual lymphatic drainage: exploring the history and evidence base


  • Helps You Get Back To Normal Life Faster After Surgery. Your Healing process is accelerated with MLD. When you reduce swelling, pain, bruising and activate the immune system by cleansing the tissues, this promotes a speedy and effective recovery process.
  • Unlocks The Relaxed State. Your body requires a relaxed state to heal. Modern life creates a high stress "fight or flight" mode which does not promote healing. MLD turns off the stress response, so your body can be in the optimal healing zone.
  • Activates Immune System. MLD stimulates immune cell circulation. The lymphatic system supports your immune function by removing waste products in order to minimize risk of infection.
  • Reduces Swelling. When the lymph vessels are cut, as in surgery or injury, the lymphatic fluid builds up causing swelling in your tissues. MLD will gently re-route the fluid, thus reducing swelling and inflammation.
  • Reduces Bruising & Pain. MLD moves damaged cells out, improves skin regeneration and tissue health. MLD has a profound analgesic, or pain-relieving effect.
  • MLD Reduces Scarring. MLD promotes soft, pliable tissues. Scarring and buildup of nodules are reduced. Hard tissue is softened.
  • Faster Recovery From Sports Injuries. When pain and swelling are reduced, you can get back to doing the fun sports activities that you love with maximum mobility.
  • Cleanses Tissues by draining excess fluids. This will detoxify and minimize your risk of infection. This reduces cellular debris such as bacteria, damaged proteins and dead cells that accumulate due to fatigue, stress, medications, lack of physical activity or age.

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Pre and Post Surgical Care

  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Mastectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Liposuction
  • Fat Transfer
  • Hip/Knee Replacement


  • Sprains and strains
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Hip/Knee Replacement


  • Sinusitis
  • Tinnitus
  • Lymphedema
  • Lipedema

Auto Immune Conditions

  • Lyme Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

Cancer Care 

  • Obtain Dr's approval before seeing me.
  • May alleviate side effects of treatment.

Environmental Exposure

  • Toxic Poisoning
  • Mold Exposure
  • Chemical Sensitivity

Joint Replacement

  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery

General Wellness

  • Leg Swelling During Pregnancy
  • Allergies
  • Liver Cleanses
  • Colon Cleanses
  • Burns

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"Lymph Drainage Massage is an essential wellness practice, and is critical for women with breast health issues. Ida helped me prepare and recover from mastectomy and reconstruction. I couldn't recommend her more!"

- Bonnie Wentworth, Executive Coach, Berkeley, CA

"As a plastic surgery coach, I know how important Manual Lymph Drainage is for pre and post op plastic surgery. It makes a huge difference during recovery. I have been searching for a skilled, licensed MLD practitioner for my Bay Area clients without any luck. I was thrilled to meet Ida and have her magic hands work on me. Ida is warm, friendly and caring. My treatment was not only relaxing, but I felt wonderful afterwards and was much less puffy! I wish I knew Ida when I was planning my surgery. Anyone considering a plastic surgery procedure should work with a Vodder-trained MLD therapist. I highly recommend that you go see Ida at her office in Berkeley."

- Michelle Garber, Cosmetic Surgery Coach, San Francisco, CA


My sincere desire is to help the right people to achieve true breakthroughs in their life. If you're looking for a true partner to help you to break through your health challenges to achieve your desired health outcomes in the most natural and efficient way, I'm your gal!


 • I’ll start with a chat with you to hear what brings you in for Lymphatic Drainange so that your specific needs and wants are clear and well understood.

• Then you'll complete a health intake form so that I understand .your complete health history and how that pertains to your current challenges.

• If at this stage we agree that we're not a fit to work together, I'll refer you to someone who is more appropriate.

• If we are a fit, GREAT, we proceed to the next step!  


 • With this vital information, we can create a long-term care plan with short term milestones, that brings you from where you are right now to where you want to be in a way that works for you and your lifestyle.

• I will include my MLD services in this plan, and may include other modalities I offer such as bodywork and skin care, in addition to the services of other complimentary practitioners as appropriate to meet your health milestones in the best way possible.  


• We'll act upon the plan, and I'll monitor your progress closely for signs of improvement. 

• I'll also be looking for potential warning signs that signal a slightly modifed approach is appropriate.


• All health outcomes are valuable information, and this information will help me to adjust the plan to guide you to your desired outcome quickly and easily.



• I have helped thousands of people achieve their freedom, mobility and wellness goals.  

• I have been a Vodder-certified Manual Lymph Drainage therapist since 2009, and have been in my south Berkeley office since 2017. 

• I also maintain several certifications in multiple modalities of hands-on therapeutic bodywork, skincare, and nutrition.

• I have been practicing for almost three decades.

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My office is at 2034 Blake Street, #2, on the second floor over the Medical Supply Store, between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St., 8 blocks north of the Ashby BART, and 8 blocks south of the Downtown Berkeley BART station, and a short 20 minute drive from San Francisco.

• I see clients on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and a short day on Saturday.

I'm closed Wednesday and Sunday.

My office hours are: 

Mon-Tue.: 11:00AM-6:00PM

Thu-Fri.: 11:00AM-6:00PM

Sat.: 12:00PM-5:00PM

• To get to my office, go to the front door, which is on the far right of the building.

• There is a keypad to the left of the front door. Just press #02, and that will notify me that you're at the door, and I'll buzz you in to the building. Walk up the stairs, and look for room #2.

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