Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Focus on the Body’s Lymphatic System

Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage that focuses not on the muscular system but on the body’s lymphatic system. This specialized massage does not involve muscle or soft tissue manipulation; it is done very lightly to engage the lymphatic system which moves within the layers of our skin. The lymphatic system is a critical circulatory system that helps remove waste and toxins from the body’s tissues. A series of vessels and lymph nodes circulate lymphatic fluids throughout the body, clearing and removing cellular waste.

This is a very light modality that is tied in with your immune system.  In fact, it is the highway that most of your immune cells use throughout your body.

Getting lymph drainage can clear your system of wastes and toxins that build up in the cells.  It also helps to circulate immune cells to areas under attack, or in need of repair.  This can increase your resistance to minor illnesses and speed recovery time after an illness or injury.


People that I would recommend this for are those who are recovering from surgery, illness, or clients who wish to increase overall health and wellness.


This therapy is especially helpful for recovery from liposuction.  Often doctors will urge their patients to seek out regular lymph drainage post-surgery to help the body drain and avoid seromas.  The one thing you want to make sure is that you seek out someone trained in Lymph Drainage, and not just regular massage. This is something that we can help with here at Bodywork Professionals.

This modality is can also be used to help with lymphedema, especially after cancer treatments.  If you have already experienced lymphedema then you need to seek out someone with extensive Lymph Drainage training.  I suggest looking on AMTA’s website for a practitioner as this is beyond our level of training.


Why Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Some health conditions interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can cause swelling or lymphedema. Lymphatic problems can be caused by infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, or any condition that damages the lymphatic system. Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system.

Who/ Post Liposuction Guidelines

Those who are suffering from lymphedema, fibromyalgia, or other conditions of the lymphatic system as well as those who have had lymph nodes removed and experience periodic pooling or swelling in particular areas of the body.

Liposuction recovery guidelines:

Generally (depending on how extensive the procedure) there is a 2 week recovery period post-procedure.  During this time the client will meet w/the doctors and trained medical staff to manually drain the fluid from the incisions.

After the 2 week period the client is urged to seek out regular appointments with a massage therapist.  At  this time the drains will be removed and the client’s body will be relearning how to drain internally.  The therapist will assist by using light slow movements to encourage the fluid to drain into the lymph nodes which will lead to the liver and kidneys.  This decreases pressure and inflammation that can make recovery uncomfortable.


For those new to this I recommend a 45 minute appointment to start.  That gives us time to do a little work without overwhelming the body.  It also gives the therapist enough time to assess where the body is in the healing process and how much support it will need going forward.  For some, getting treatment several times a week may be recommended.  For others, one session a week or even every 2 weeks may be sufficient.  There is no “1 size fits all” situation, each person’s body recovers differently, even if your surgery was short.


When filling out the intake online please give us as much information as possible.  If there were any complications or you also had any other procedures such as a BBL, please make sure to include that in your notes; it greatly affects positioning and treatment.