This hands-on treatment uses gentle, repetitive strokes to soothe and support the lymphatic system, which plays an instrumental role in protecting you from infection and disease. Sometimes referred to as a 'Detox massage', this type of massage will support your body's internal filtration mechanisms and help keep your immune system in check.
Who would benefit from a Lymphatic Drainage massage?
Anyone who has low mood or has been experiencing increased anxiety. This treatment may help to boost your overall health and energy levels.
Manual lymphatic drainage can also be used post-surgery but this needs to be approved by a health professional before booking a massage therapist.
People who may choose to select this treatment:
Want to detox their body and enjoy good all-round health.
Are on a weight loss or fitness program.
People who should not choose a Lymphatic Drainage massage:
Looking for a classic massage experience. This treatment involves extremely light pressure and does not work your deeper muscles. Try an Urban Classic instead.
Have ongoing inflammation. If under the care of a medical professional you will need to check with them before booking a treatment.
Are particularly concerned about cellulite.
Those with general massage contraindications, including active cancer, acute infection, cellulitis, thrombosis and acute allergies.
Lymphatic Drainage massage potential benefits
Contributes to whole body detox.
May help with weight loss.
Boosts energy levels.
Improves moods and combats anxiety.
Supports post-surgery recovery.
Helps scars to heal by boosting circulation and the immune system.
For best results, regular massage should be included as part of a healthy eating and fitness routine.
During your Lymphatic Drainage treatment
A Lymphatic Drainage massage uses gentle strokes and light pressure to open up your lymph nodes, which are primarily found in the neck, armpits and groin. Your treatment will begin with an assessment of your medical history. When you're ready, you will remove your clothes and lie on a massage table.
Lymphatic Drainage massage techniques
This type of massage uses light pressure, rhythmic strokes and soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes.
After your Lymphatic Drainage massage
Lymphatic drainage can leave you feeling exhausted, so make sure to take some time to rest before easing back into activity. The best way to support a healthy lymphatic system is by drinking plenty of water and engaging in gentle exercise, which will flush out toxins.
What is the difference between a Lymphatic Drainage and a Swedish massage?
A Lymphatic Drainage massage uses extremely light pressure, even in comparison with a gentle Swedish massage. Though this type of massage may have relaxing effects, it's main purpose is to drain the lymph nodes. If you're looking for a more traditional massage experience, you could try an Urban Classic.
Does a Lymphatic Drainage massage hurt?
This type of treatment uses very light pressure, so you shouldn't experience any pain. If you are post-surgery you will want to discuss any areas of particular concern before your massage begins. If it ever becomes too much, talk to your therapist. They'll do whatever they can to make sure you're feeling comfortable.
What type of therapists specialise in Lymphatic Drainage massage?
This is a specialist type of massage which is typically performed by physiotherapists and medical professionals. Any mistakes in the technique will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment, so it's important that only reputable therapists perform Lymphatic Drainage.
This page describes the most common techniques for a specific type of massage. Your therapist will tailor your treatment to your individual needs based on their expert knowledge and experience.