Lymphatic Drainage Massage

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What is Lymphatic Drainage?

Many have started including facial lymphatic drainage into their beauty regiment to fight dull complexion, skin problems, and puffiness.

According to lymphedema specialist Lisa Levitt Gainsley… “Lymphatic drainage treatments accelerate the absorption and transportation of lymphatic fluids which contain toxins, bacteria, viruses, and proteins,”

However, lymph fluid can start to build up in your lymphatic system from surgery, medical conditions, or damage. 

Causing a host of issues like:

  • Swelling of part or all of leg or arm as well as fingers and toes.
  • Bloating
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive issues
  • Frequent colds and flu
  • Constipation
  • Ichy or dry skin

That’s where a specialized form of massage therapy can help like a lymphatic drainage massage.

Your lymphatic system is made up of a very complex system of lymphatic vessels and nodes.

You see, your heart pumps blood down through your arteries to your arms, legs, and your whole body. Some of this fluid comes out of the blood and that is what’s called lymph fluid. It’s a watery fluid that flows through your lymphatic system. Then the lymphatic system picks up this fluid and transports this fluid back up to the heart.

However, right before it gets to your heart it first has to go through lymph nodes. This is where it’s filtered and detoxed of bacteria, viruses, or illnesses. The problem is, if the lymphatic system gets backed up with this fluid it can cause swelling all over the body.

In this situation, the best thing you can do is get a lymphatic drainage massage.

Lymphatic massage has risen recently in popularity because of all the amazing benefits. What most don’t realize is this technique has been around for almost 100 years. You see, during the 1930s a man named Emil Vodder from France created the technique.

Then after some years, it became the go-to technique for lymphedema. 

The Ultimate Guide To Lymphatic Drainage Massage

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This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a massage therapist on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation, this session is only to find out if Lymphatic Drainage Massage can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

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The Ultimate Guide To Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Studies Have Shown That Lymphatic Drainage Massage Could Be Beneficial For:

Rheumatoid arthritis. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis experience poor lymph flow. Also swelling, increased pain in joints, and loss of range of motion.  Lymphatic drainage massage can help ease these symptoms.

Fibromyalgia.  a condition that causes inflammation of the skin, nerves and tissue swelling. A lymph drainage massage may help with these symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Also conditons:

  • Skin disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Digestive problems
  • Arthritis
  • Migranies

Reasons to keep scheduling in your massage therapy treatments courtesy of painPRO (Read the caption)

Types of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

There are four types of lymphatic drainage massage that physiotherapist, doctors, and massage therapists utilize.

Vodder – is where the therapist uses a sweeping motion around a specific area they are treating.

Foldi – expands on the Vodder technique where the therapist switches between circular hand motions and periods of relaxation.

Casley – Smith. In this type of lymphatic drainage massage, the therapist will use the sides and palms of their hands in a circular motion.

Leduc – uses specific hand motions to collect lymph fluid then reroute it so that it’s reabsorbed into the lymphatic system.

What Can I Expect From My First Session

Usually, the patient will be lying down on their back. The therapist will ask the patient to perform diaphragmatic breathing (a.k.a belly breathing). They will do this type of breathing at the very beginning and end of session as it helps push the fluid toward your heart.

After, the therapist will first treat the lymph nodes and areas of the body that are not affected. Gently stretching the skin in specific direction then there will be a resting phase to allow the skin to return back to normal  They will usually move from the part of the limb closest to the torso and move outward using slow and rhythmical movements to drain the affected areas. 

It’s a very gentle massage.

Benefits of massage therapy courtesy of Affinity Family Wellness (Read the caption)


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How Often Should You Get a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

For best results, it’s recommended to do a lymphatic drainage massage every 3 months in a series.

For example. three sessions a week for the first two weeks. Then you start to wean down to 2 sessions per week during weeks 3-4 and weeks 5-6 one session per week.

Are There Any Side Effects of a Lymphatic Massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage benefits:

This type of massage is a powerful detox agent for your body so you may experience these detox symptoms:

  • Increased energy
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Increases urination
  • Relaxation

Benefits of Massage courtesy of Equilibrium (Read the caption)

How To Do A Lymphatic Self Massage

Before you do a lymphatic drainage self-massage you first need to prepare your body.  Also, keep in mind to use gentle pressure and do not massage infected or swollen areas. You also want to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out the toxins.  2 to 4 glasses.

Next, you want to prepare your body.

1.) Deep lymphatic breathing

Breathing is an important part of a Lymphatic massage because it stimulates the lymphatic system in your whole body.

Here’s how to do it:

Place both hands on your stomach and inhale through your nose. You want to inhale through your stomach and keep your shoulders still. Then exhale through your mouth. Do this 4 times. Then take a short rest in between so you don’t get dizzy.

2.) Prepare the front of your neck

This allows lymph fluid from your neck to drain back to your bloodstream. You can even do both sides of the neck at the same time by crossing your hands.

Here’s how to perform it:

Take your 2nd and 3rd finger and place on either side of your neck, right above your collarbone. Then massage down and inward towards your collarbone. Gently stretch the skin as far as it naturally goes and then release. Repeat 15 times.

3.) Prepare The Side of Your Neck

Place your fingers on either side of your neck underneath your ears. Then gently stretch the skin back away from your face and down. Then release. Do this in a slow and gentle way. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

4.) Prepare The Back of Your Neck.

Take both of your palms and place them on the back of your neck near your hairline. Stretch the skin towards your upper spine and down toward the bottom of your neck. Then release.

Repeat 10 to 15 times

5.) Chest

This movement stimulates the lymph nodes in your underarm to transport lymph fluid from the abdomen and upper leg.

Take your palm and place it against your underarm then gently pull up and in toward your chest. Then release. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

6.) Hip to Underarm

This movement will transport fluid away from your hip toward your underarm.

Take your hand and place it on your hip.  Then using small strokes massage upward along the side of your body to your underarm. Gently stretch your skin as far as it can go naturally and release.

Repeat 10 to 15 times.

7.) Inside leg to the Outside of your Leg – lymphatic drainage legs

This massage transports fluid away from the inside of your leg to the side of your leg and then up to your armpit.

Place one hand on the front of your leg and one on the back at the top of your thigh right below your hip. Gently stretch the skin from the inside of your leg and up toward your hip. Start at the top of your leg and work your way down toward your knee using this movement.

Once you finish place your hand on both sides of your knee. Then stretch your skin naturally in an upward direction towards your armpit.

Repeat each section 10 to 15 times.

8.) Knee

This movement will stimulate the lymph nodes in the back of the knee.

Simply place both hands behind your knee. Stretch your skin up toward your thigh and release.

Repeat 10 to 15 times.

9.) Prepare Your Armpits

Just avoid areas where cancer was treated.

First, cup your palm and place it under your armpit. Gently glide the palm upward and toward your chest. Then repeat on the next arm. Perform 8-10 times each arm.

10.) Prepare Your Knees

Place your fingers on the back of your knees so that your fingers are facing each other. Then press the fingers into the back of the knees and roll them upward.

11.) Prepare Your Ankle

Place the fingertips of your hands into both sides of your ankle. Then press into your skin and stretch up toward your shin. Then release. Repeat 10 times

12.) Prepare Your Foot

Place the bottom of your hand on the top of your foot. Then gently stretch the skin up toward your ankle and release. Repeat 10 times.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Near Me

There you have it the Ultimate guide to lymphatic drainage massage. If you’d like to find a qualified massage therapist near you that does lymphatic drainage massage then scroll down to search for a message therapist near. 

Benefits of Massage courtesy of Peach Physiotherapy & Wellness Centre (Read the caption)

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Frequently Asked Questions

The first thing is to rehydrate and drink lots of water to speed up the detox period. Then just relax and do not do any strenuous activities for some time.

No, it’s a very gentle massage.

According to Rebecca Hammad, a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) The benefits of manual lymphatic drainage typically last for up to six hours.


Lymphatic Drainage Massage is one of several possible methods for relieving pain that do not rely on prescription medications and all the side effects and baggage they come with. Not to mention that most drugs can only mask pain, but rarely address root causes. Find a clinic if you are suffering from muscle tightness, soreness, or pain to improve your quality of life, today.