Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Are you suffering from post-operative swelling, edema, or pain? Do you have bloating, puffy eyes, fatigue, and poor digestion? If so, it’s time to find relief in a lymphatic drainage massage.

*Lymphatic Massage appointments available only with our therapist Monica.

What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

As you might have guessed, lymphatic massage is a specialized form of massage targeted at improving the flow of fluids through the lymphatic system. It is sometimes called lymphatic drainage, and it is most commonly used for cases of lymphedema (swelling and fluid accumulation caused by damage or surgical removal of lymph nodes).

The lymphatic system is an integral part of the body’s immune system; it carries our white blood cells, fights infection, and helps to clear away pathogens from the rest of the body. When blocked or damaged, the lymph fluid swells and causes edema. Lymphatic massage is helpful in reducing this swelling and encouraging the proper flow of lymph through the body.

Who Should Try Lymphatic Massage?

Lymphatic massage is typically recommended for people suffering from lymphedema. This condition occurs most commonly in those who have had lymph nodes removed such as in a mastectomy for breast cancer or in other surgical procedures. This condition can also occur without damage to the nodes and develop after birth, during puberty, or later in adulthood. In these cases, the cause is often unknown.

Others without specific lymph damage may experience benefits from lymphatic massage. Athletes may notice an improvement in their recovery times with regular lymphatic massage, and those who suffer from issues like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia have also reported health benefits from this therapy.

If you are experiencing swelling and lymphedema, routine lymphatic massage may help to reduce the swelling and improve the health of your immune system.

What are the Benefits of Lymphatic Massage?

Lymphatic massage focuses on the health of the lymphatic system, but this often has wide-reaching benefits. Here are a few reasons we recommend lymphatic massage at Mantis Massage:

Reduces swelling and edema.
Lymphedema is the main reason that people seek out lymphatic massage. This therapy is targeted to improve the flow of lymph through the body while reducing swelling in local areas. With regular treatment, you should notice a substantial reduction in edema and pain in your affected areas.

Improves the quality of the skin.
Therapists, estheticians, and other beauty specialists have all used lymph massages to improve skin conditions. Issues like rosacea, eczema, acne, and other dermatological conditions respond well to the increase detoxification of the lymph and improvement in blood and fluid flow to the skin.

Benefits the digestive system.
Gastrointestinal issues like IBS, Crohn’s disease, and celiac often respond well to lymphatic drainage techniques. When the lymphatic system is blocked or congested, toxins and waste are not properly eliminated. This causes issues in the digestive system as the Gut Associate Lymph Tissues (GALT) become burdened by the build up of waste materials. Cleansing the lymphatic system clears these toxins and improves the functioning and health of the entire digestive tract.

Provides relief for chronic issues.
Lymphatic massage is gentle and relaxing, yet transformative. For those who suffer from chronic issues like sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, metabolic issues, anxiety, or high stress, this type of massage can help to gently relax the mind and body while rejuvenating the body’s precious fluids.

What to Expect from Lymphatic Massage

If you are new to lymphatic massage, you might find that it feels slightly different than a typical Swedish or deep tissue massage. When working with the lymphatic system, our expert therapist will gently rub, stroke, or push the skin in the direction that the lymph naturally flows. This allows the lymph to flow through its proper channels and improve the overall circulation through the whole system. Lymphatic massage is typically very gentle and is not painful or deep.

If you are starting lymphatic massage therapy, expect to come for treatment a few times per week for two to four weeks. Often, the first week will provide the most substantial reduction in swelling, while the consecutive weeks stabilize the body’s lymph system. The frequency and number of sessions will depend on your specific needs and goals, so contact us today for a consultation!

Are Lymphatic Massages Safe?

Lymphatic massage is a very safe form of massage when done properly. Our in-house expert, Monica, has completed special training and advanced work in lymphatic massage to ensure that you have the most therapeutic experience possible.

Lymphatic massage, however, should be avoided in certain cases:

  • You experienced a sudden and marked increase in local swelling after a surgery. Instead, seek out the care of a physician for evaluation.

  • You are experiencing a sudden onset of lymphangitis (infection of the lymph nodes)

Lymphatic massage should be used with care and consideration in these cases:

  • You are at high risk for blood clotting. Seek out evaluation of your lymphedema prior to a lymphatic massage to rule out deep-vein thrombosis as a cause and check regularly.

  • You have congestive heart failure. Fluids should be moved carefully in these cases to avoid putting extra strain on the heart.

  • You have an undetermined cause for a pain condition.

Book Your Lymphatic Massage

Ready to book your lymphatic massage at Mantis? Monica, our expert lymphatic massage therapist, is here to help you through the entire process. Book an appointment at our South Congress location today!