Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage that assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, immune mechanisms and also reduces toxins in our body. During a lymph drainage massage, the therapist uses a series of super gentle techniques such as compressing, stretching and cupping motions over the client’s body to make sure every area is treated with care.
What are the benefits?
A lymphatic drainage massage is beneficial if you want to :
- Fight off infection
- Speed up healing and recovery from the cold and flu
- Reduce water retention
- Boost weight loss
- Improve cellulite, skin swelling, scar tissue, acne, and stretch marks
- Reduce stress and fatigue
- Help with post-exercise recovery
In addition, It can also be used to help individuals suffering from more serious health concerns such as:
- Digestive problems
What to expect from lymphatic drainage massage
The most important thing is giving yourself time to relax before the massage takes place so you can enjoy yourself. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to get ready and settle, leaving your body in a peaceful state. The Massage usually takes place in a warm room, warmth is an important factor in increasing lymphatic flow. You are also likely to be more relaxed if you’re not cold. Your therapist will carry out lymphatic drainage massage with you on a massage table while using very light pressure from your feet working her way up in the direction of lymph nodes – the therapist will know where to find it, usually found in the neck, armpits and groin. This type of massage can leave you exhausted to an extent so be prepared to expect your body to drink an unusual amount of water.
The whole point of lymphatic drainage is about flushing out your system; another way to do this is by drink water every day.
PS: Always tell your therapist in advance if you are, or think you might be, pregnant, or have any medical conditions or taking any medication that might affect this. Especially if you have had an operation recently.