The aim of lymphatic drainage massage is to stimulate the lymphatic system to shift excess fluids and toxins. By working in an upwards direction, these fluids and toxins are directed towards the heart & lungs where they can either expelled or reabsorbed.
It is important to note that there are two types of Lymphatic Massage. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) focuses on the deep lymphatic system and is useful in treating clients with lymphoedema.
At Hand2body Wellness I practice a gentle form of lymphatic drainage massage, that focuses on the superficial lymphatic system located just underneath the surface of the skin. This style is helpful for fluid retention due to hot weather and pregnancy, post surgery swelling, and can be useful as part of your cellulite-fighting routine.
A lymphatic drainage massage should be one part of your lymphatic self care routine. In addition to getting regular exercise and eating a healthy, low-fat diet, body brushing is an excellent self-care option. Body brushing can be done wet (in the shower) or dry depending on the type of body brush you have. In the long-term body brushing is very effective stimulating blood flow, lymphatic flow and improving skin integrity.
Essential oils that can assist with stimulating and detoxifying the lymphatic system include myrtle, grapefruit, lemongrass, tangerine, orange, rosemary, cypress, hyssop and myrrh.
During a lymphatic drainage massage at Hand2body Wellness, I use a pre-blended massage oil including grapefruit, cedar wood, clary sage, cypress and juniper.