What To Expect





Expect to be in the best of hands with compassionate, ethical Licensed & Certified professional care.

Expect to feel better on all levels

Expect a consult, learning what is happening, how you are feeling, for how long, medication, previous care and symptoms. NLC does not treat patients with AFIB, active infections, blood clots, nor melanoma. All prenatal massage or active-oncology patients please fax over notes and a script for MLD manual lymphatic drainage medical massage. 888-302-1911.

Joliet - NLC is a medical office and presents with a more medical vibe.

Downers Grove - NLC is a comfortable and cozy, downtown DG feel.

Hinsdale - NLC has a higher degree of service and luxurious surroundings. 


Before your visit, please fill out your health intake form with date of surgery, Surgeon's name, medications and such.  If you prefer a Patient Advocate in the room to help you feel comfortable, then please request and we will provide. If you are visiting for general wellness, then great! -Just fill out the form to the best of your situation. 

All therapists are focused on helping you to achieve a better wellness. All therapists at all locations are licensed and certified, caring, and well skilled.

Patients vocalize in person and in our over 400 reviews that they experience instant relief, noticeably less swollen, softer tissue, and less pain during the visit.  Many say that they are thirsty afterwards, can feel the fluid moving which gives them the chills. They say they feel sleepy.

The 70 min session is Massage therapy style, modest and comfortable.  Most patients are able o be prone on  massage table for the therapist to tart at the collarbone, neck, arms. legs, then over supine to collar bone, arms, abdomen, legs, all with a VMLD appropriate light to medium pressure, pending your medical condition or general wellness.


If you are unable to lay prone because of a facelift, keyhole top, gynecomastia, breast augmentation or other, then a robe/drape/sheet for modesty will be given and you will sit or stand for th first initial part of th therapy to wonderfully relieve low back swelling and hardness, then with modesty remove drape and relax under sheet & blanket to receive the VMLD massage.  We do not open incisions, syringe seroma, nor remove drains. Ever. 

Afterwards, expect to feel relieved, better, and probably sleepy. The body will need rest to process the lymphatic load that was just drained.  Avoid processed foods, sugars, alcohol. 




The NLC Clinic Policy is posted publicly, posted in clinic, and on every email correspondence. Please scroll down to view.



We at NLC believe that human bodies can unwind, unlock, release, repair, and restore balance better with our  trademarked VMLD, a unique signature 3-step "Vogel Method" of  Spiraling Myofascial Release Approach, Craniofascia Release, Manual Lymph Drainage and Lymphatic Massage. 


We describe what we do as gently and skillfully opening up the toll booth, directing the traffic to flow orderly.   Opening up the pathways is the first step to moving fluids, the fluid needs somewhere to flow towards. 


We recommend a phone consult, a first visit, a Customized Care Plan.


Click for Reservations at:

5002 Main Street, Ste A, Downers Grove, IL  

3100 Theodore St, Ste 202, Joliet, IL  

7 N Grant Street, Hinsdale, IL

(Text 630-828.6582 or Click above, then click Schedule Now to reserve a phone consult or First Visit. 

For Care Plan Membership SERIES click above, then click Book Now, then click Discounts to consider the options to regain and maintain your lymphatic wellness.)



What is VMLD?

The Vogel Method  for Lymphatic situations

With over 30 years of manual therapy through IL state licensure,

we have the caring nature and industry experience to help. 


Our Biomedical background, BCTMB National Board Certification, as well as CLT Certified Lymph Therapists have created a unique blended three-step protocol, The VMLD Vogel Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Method:



The Vogel Method of Spiraling Myofascial Release (VMFR) to unwind, unlock, release, clear, and balance post-surgical scar tissue, fibrotic fascia restrictions, tightness, and more. 


Vogel Method Manual and/or Machine Lymphatic Drainage (VMLD), a unique method to alleviate fibrosis, blockage, and drain swelling. A Certified  Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) is Licensed and Certified through their scope of practice to perform this step. Manual and/or Machine Lymphatic Drainage is essential otherwise, cellulitis may occur. Without drainage, the fluid released during Myofascial Release will essentially be "pushed toward a closed doorway" and accumulate within the body, which causes swelling.


Vogel Method Lymphatic Medical Massage (VMT), to feel better and gain greater mobility. This step is performed by a Licensed and Certified whom is trained in Lymphatic Massage.


Clinic Policy:  

Series Care Plans may  not be shared and are only a gift for yourself.

To gain the most convenient date and time for your schedule for therapist availability, we recommend prebooking your entire (5) (10) SERIES at the time of purchase.

Any gratuities are cash only. No email or phone number of employees are given for apps or otherwise.

NLC does not diagnose nor prescribe. Manual and Machine treatments are designed for quality of life and help to feel better. We do not work on patients with bloodclots, AFIB, contagions, fever, or a rash. 

All sales are final. If you do not use all of your SERIES sessions and have extra, then they are on credit for a year and may be used at a later  date but not at the same deal, rather dollar for dollar value. We do offer complimentary consultations before your visit with Clinic Director to learn of your condition and to instruct if you are a good candidate for what we do. There are no refunds for no shows, same day cancelations, or after a service has been given.

A 10 min follow up evaluation or consultation may be scheduled complimentary with Founder or Clinic Director. 

+/- Occasionally the therapists need rest or to organize their schedule and we may take the humble liberty of tweaking their times by 15-30 min, with complete respect to your time. We promptly send an email notice. 


NLC is a teaching clinic and often you may have a student or two therapists working on you to feel your best. This is how therapists learn. If this is not satisfactory, then please let us know at the time of scheduling. Thank you!
Intake form. If you haven't already, then please fill out the online intake form so we can learn about you.  If you have, then please disregard.

We prepare for your visit as your appointment is important to us. Give yourself enough rest and water before your appointment.  
If you are pregnant or are experiencing a serious diagnosis, or active cancer, then present a doctor's note saying "massage therapy and manual therapy is good for this patient."  After your visit please drink plenty of water, rest, avoid sugar, alcohol and processed foods.


A 48 hour notice of cancelation is appreciated or will result in full charge or prepaid forfeit and credit given to the Therapist as this has prevented the center and the Therapist from serving another patient. 


Secure your service your way: 

1. Discount 4% for SERIES payments including cash, check, Zelle to 630-819-0508. 
2. $3.85+ fee for payment through online booking 
3. Service Fee of 4% is added to the service/retail total for all cards, card on file, card manually keyed in or swiped.


Thank you,

Sharon M. Vogel, Founder