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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Find out what Lymphatic Drainage Massage is, what it is good for and how it works.

What is lymphatic drainage massage?

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a therapeutic massage in which the massage therapist applies very light pressure and long, rhythmic strokes intending to increase the flow of the lymph fluid and decrease the toxins in the body.

In a few words, this massage technique can benefit your general health because the lymph system is part of your body’s immune system.

The lymph is a fluid that transports oxygen and nutrients to your cells, catches toxins, and releases them out of your body through the lymph nodes.

If, for any reason, your body can’t push the lymphatic fluid around, for instance, through your muscles or the pressure from your blood vessels, then a Lymphatic Drainage Massage will be very beneficial for you.

Benefits of lymphatic drainage massage

  • It helps the body fight infections and accelerate healing and illness recovery.
  • Reduces the chance of suffering colds and viruses
  • It helps to improve the metabolic rate, so it will help to reduce weight.
  • It reduces water retention in your body due to prolonged sitting hours. If you experience water retention, you may suffer from swollen feet, and this is because the lymph has no pump as blood vessels and can’t flow.
  • It helps to improve the skin texture by accelerating the healing of scar tissues, reducing swelling, and improving your pores.
  • It helps to decrease recovery time after cosmetic liposuction by reducing post-surgical swelling and fibrosis (scar tissue formation)
  • It is one of the most effective ways to treat post-surgical Lymphedema.

Post-op benefits of lymphatic drainage massage

After surgeries, the lymphatics are disrupted, taking about two to three months to make new connections. Therefore, as a post-op care routine, lymphatic massage can benefit patients’ recovery.

As to plastic surgeons, there is a much higher risk of infection when there is lymphatic congestion.

Because with this technique, the therapist will massage the fluid towards the lymphatic tissue; it will prevent infection, as the fluid will be absorbed by the body more quickly.

Your plastic surgeon may recommend undertaking between three to five sessions two weeks after the procedure.

Click here to discover the plan I created to help with post-surgery recovery.

How does a lymphatic drainage massage work at Rehab & Heal?

I will receive you in a warmed practice room, as the heat is essential to increase lymphatic flow.

I’ll ask you to lay on the massage table wrapped in your towels.

I will start working from your feet, applying very light pressure combined with long, soft, and balanced strokes. Next, I’ll perform pumping movements in the direction of your lymph nodes on your neck, armpits, and groin.

It is essential to highlight that the Lymphatic Drainage Massage may leave you exhausted and thirsty.

I recommend having a light agenda after it to give your body enough rest and go back to activity slowly.

Diagram of the Lymphatic Drainage System

Diagram of a Lymphatic system

The lymphatic system consists of all lymphatic vessels and lymphoid organs. For example, the lymph nodesspleenthymus, and lymphatic tissue found in the small intestine (Peyer’s patches) and throat (adenoid tonsils, palatine, and tubal tonsils), to name a few, all represent lymphatic organs.

File: Illu lymphatic system.jpg [CC BY]

How to prepare for a Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Here are some tips for preparing for a lymphatic drainage massage:

Wear comfortable, loose clothing: Lymphatic drainage massage involves light, gentle strokes, so you should wear clothing that allows the therapist to access the area of the body being treated easily.

Avoid consuming caffeine or alcohol before the massage: These substances can increase lymph flow and may make the massage less effective.

Drink plenty of water: Lymphatic drainage massage can help to flush toxins out of the body, so it is vital to stay hydrated before and after the massage.

Inform the therapist of any medical conditions or allergies: It is essential to let the therapist know about any medical conditions or allergies you have, as they may affect the massage or the products used.

Arrive a few minutes early: Allowing extra time before the massage can help you relax and mentally prepare for the treatment.

Discuss your expectations and concerns with the therapist: It is a good idea to communicate with the therapist about your goals for the massage and any specific areas of concern.

Tips and aftercare for Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Take a warm bath or shower: A warm bath or shower can help relax the muscles and soothe the skin after the massage.

Get plenty of rest: It is essential to get plenty of rest after a lymphatic drainage massage to allow your body time to recover and fully benefit from the treatment.

Wear comfortable clothing: Loose, comfortable clothing can help you feel relaxed and comfortable after the massage.

Avoid strenuous activity: It is a good idea to take it easy and avoid strenuous activity for the rest of the day after a lymphatic drainage massage.

Apply a light moisturiser: A light moisturiser to the skin can help soothe and hydrate the skin after the massage.

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage in Bristol, designed to enhance your body’s natural drainage system, promote overall wellness and leave you feeling rejuvenated and invigorated.

60 Minutes / £ 65

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage in Bristol, designed to enhance your body’s natural drainage system, promote overall wellness and leave you feeling rejuvenated and invigorated.

60 Minutes / £65

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