What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage or lymph massage is a form of massage therapy that uses gentle, rhythmic pressure to encourage the of recirculation of lymph back to the blood circulatory system.

The lymphatic system is the body’s secondary circulatory system. It is made up of lymph nodes; sites where filtration occurs, found in the neck, armpits, groin and the centre of the chest and abdomen, lymphatic vessels, lymph (fluid like blood plasma carried within the lymphatic vessels), and white blood cells called lymphocytes.

The lymphatic system has no active method of moving lymph throughout the body like the heart pumps blood. Through the natural processes of breathing, movement and peristalsis, lymph moves through lymphatic vessels and filters of the lymph nodes. People who live sedentary lifestyles can put a lot of strain on their lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage massage can help alleviate a number of the symptoms of poor lymphatic drainage and the illnesses associated with it.

Benefits Of Lymph Drainage Massage

  • Non Invasive

  • Healing of hard, fribrotic scars such as from keloids, or radiation

  • Drainage of swollen puffy tissues.

  • Better circulation of the lymph which boosts the body’s immune function.

  • Improves healing time following invasive or surgical procedures.

  • improved pain management during acute injury

  • Reduces redness and skin discolouration

  • Aids in the body’s natural process of waste removal and detoxification.

  • Calming effect on the body reducing anxiety and stress

  • Overall improved health and wellness