Lymphatic Massage

What is a lymphatic massage?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), commonly called a lymphatic massage, is used to reduce swelling on any part of the body and stimulate the lymphatic system. The massage consists of light and slow repeated movements, gently stretching the skin in a circular movement. This massage is done on bare skin, but may feel different from other massages since there are no oils used during the treatment.

What is the lymphatic system?

Often referred to as the body’s plumbing system, the lymphatic system brings nutrients to cells while also eliminating toxins from the body. It’s an important part of the body’s immune system – when it’s not working properly, toxins can build up in the body.

Why should I get a lymphatic massage?

This type of massage was traditionally used in a more medical setting to reduce swelling in patients after surgery and remove fluid build-up that occurs after lymph nodes are removed (often during breast cancer surgery). However, in recent years, many spas have begun offering lymphatic massage, and its popularity is growing. People seek out lymphatic massage to decrease puffiness in the face, smooth out cellulite, and reduce the toxins in your body.

Truthfully, there isn’t a lot of scientific research about the benefits of this type of massage in healthy people. However, many people enjoy it and there are not any known risks.

What should you expect during your massage?

A lymphatic massage is performed by a therapists trained in this technique. The therapist will apply very light pressure to stroke the skin in a circular movement. Using a precise order of strokes, the therapist starts moving fluid towards the nodes slowly and rhythmically. Slowly, they will move their hands away from the nodes while continuing to direct fluid towards them.

The repeated movement hastens the re-absorption of fluid or waste in the body tissues, which the lymph system then processes, cleans out, and returns to the bloodstream for the body to excrete. Each treatment typically takes under an hour.

What are the benefits?

A lymphatic massage can help reduce swelling and can be used on any part of the body. Doctors may prescribe a lymphatic massage post-surgery to reduce fluid build-up. It is also said to remove the appearance of cellulite and reduce puffiness due to PMS or pregnancy.

How many sessions do you need?

In the first session, some people may not feel or notice any results. However, the body begins to respond very quickly to this particular method of massage and can begin to drain the lymphatic system faster. Several sessions of manual lymphatic massage are often recommended to achieve the promised results.

Types of Massage

Medical Massage

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Prenatal Massage

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Shiatsu Massage

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Sports Massage

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Swedish Massage

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Thai Massage

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Therapeutic Massage

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Trigger Point Massage

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Acupressure Massage

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Ayurvedic Massage

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Chair Massage

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Combination Massage

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Couples Massage

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Deep Tissue Massage

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Foot Massage

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Hot Stone Massage

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