Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic massage is a type of massage that is very
helpful for aiding the body’s elimination of wastes and toxins. It also
has many benefits for the body, including weight loss and reducing the amount of cellulite.
Read on to learn more about this fantastic therapy.
What is the Lymphatic System?
lymphatic system is one of the main elimination channels in the body. The
others are the skin, lungs, kidneys and bowels. It is a major factor in
the absorption of nutrients from digestion into the tissues and it is also how
the body removes its metabolic wastes. The lymphatic system clears
toxins, unwanted proteins, and waste which cannot be removed by any other
The lymphatic system maintains the connective tissues to optimal levels,
carries toxins out of the body’s interstitial spaces, helps to transport
lymphocytes and hormones throughout the body, filters harmful substances and
bacterial infection, maintains the balance of fluids in the body’s tissues, and
it recovers substances that have escaped into the body.
Lymph is a clear to yellowish watery fluid which is
found throughout the body. It circulates through body tissues picking up fats,
bacteria, and other unwanted materials, filtering these substances out through
the lymphatic system. It is sometimes possible to see your own lymph; cuts
sometimes weep clear lymph rather than blood, for example. The circulation of
lymph through the body is an important part of immune system health.
This clear fluid contains white blood cells, known as lymphocytes, along
with a small concentration of red blood cells and proteins. Because white blood
cells are smaller than red blood cells, they can pass easily through membranes
which red blood cells cannot penetrate. The lymph circulates freely through the
body, bathing cells in needed nutrients and oxygen while it collects harmful
materials for disposal. You could think of lymph as the milkman of the body,
dropping off fresh supplies and picking up discarded bottles for processing
As lymph circulates, it is pulled into the lymphatic system, an extensive
network of vessels and capillaries which
is linked to lymph nodes, small nodules which act as filters to trap unwanted substances in
the lymph. Lymph nodes also produce more white blood cells, refreshing the
lymph before it is pumped out of the lymphatic system and back into the body.
Lymph may not be as showy as blood, but it is related to an equally complex and
ornate system of vessels.
Lymph also explains why things like intramuscular shots at the doctor's
office work. When the doctor injects a substance into your muscle tissue, the
substance is picked up by the lymph and then slowly filtered into the
bloodstream. You may also have noticed that when you wear tight clothing or
your circulation is otherwise impeded, fluids build up, causing oedema, which can be both
painful and dangerous. Oedema happens when lymph cannot circulate to pull these
What is Lymphatic Massage?
Because the lymphatic system has no pump, its functions are dependent upon
muscle contractions, diaphragmatic breathing, and body movement. It is
common to develop a sluggish lymphatic flow. Some causes of this include
inactivity, consuming the wrong foods and drinks, and not drinking enough
Lymphatic massage is a massage technique that is designed
to stimulate the lymph’s circulation in order to speed up the removal of waste
from the body. It is helpful for the nervous system as it reduces
sympathetic nervous activity, allows para-sympathetic activity, stimulates the
defenses of the immune system, and increases the flow and volume of the lymph
The technique involves the use of gentle, rhythmic strokes and
pumping movements towards the direction of the lymph nodes on the body.
Lymphatic massage is helpful for scars, stress, cellulite, stretch marks,
detoxification, chronic fatigue, weight problems, arthritis, neurological
disorders, pregnancy, pain, and overall well-being.
Benefits of Lymphatic Massage
benefits of lymphatic massage include:
• improving circulation, in turn increasing the metabolic rate
• helping with weight loss
• reducing fluid retention
• eliminating toxins, thus aiding detoxification
• reducing cellulite fat in the body
• improving immunity
• helping with sinus congestion and allergies
• hormonal imbalances
Deep Lymphatic Massage
Many degenerative problems are related to imbalances or poor functioning
within the lymphatic system. If these imbalances are not corrected, the
lymphatic system is unable to properly remove waste and toxic materials.
The toxic matter then builds up in the body’s tissues, eventually leading to
what we call disease.
Deep lymphatic massage is used to clear all of the lymphatic vessels through
the body – the superficial, mid, and deep vessels – which have become congested
through trauma. Any time the body sustains damage, an area of congestion
develops and, over time, this congestion solidifies and may hold fluid around
the area, thus leading to an increase in body size and blocking the flow of
Many conditions respond well to deep lymphatic massage, although it is
especially good for people that are wishing to prevent problems in the
future. It should not be used by people that are pregnant, have epilepsy,
or have appendicitis.
What to Expect During a
Lymphatic Massage Session
Lymphatic massage treatments generally last anywhere from 30 to 90
minutes. It is performed on a table, and the client undresses to their underwear If comfortable otherwise clothed is ok just not as effective. Towels are used to
protect modesty. The strokes used in the massage are light and rhythmic,
and the massage should not be painful. Massage oil is generally
used. Once the massage is over, the practitioner will leave the room to
allow the client to redress. The practitioner will also give you
some tips on exercises that will continue to assist in lymphatic drainage.