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Lymphatic massage relieves swelling that happens when medical treatment or illness blocks your lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage massage involves gently manipulating specific areas of your body to help lymph move to an area with working lymph vessels.

Lymphatic treatment sessions are 30 min, 45 min, 60 min in length.

You can incorporate this modality into any Integrative Massage (with a qualifying therapist). Request this modality in the notes during the booking process or talk to your therapist at the start of treatment about incorporating it.

What is Lymphatic drainage massage?

Lymphatic massage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage, is a gentle form of massage used to relieve painful swelling in your arms and legs caused by lymphedema. Lymphedema happens when your tissues retain fluid left behind after your cardiovascular system sends blood to your tissues and organs. The remaining fluid is called lymph. Normally, your lymphatic system collects your lymph and returns it to your heart via a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes. When something disrupts your lymphatic system's process, lymph collects in your arms and legs, making them swell.

A massage therapist uses lymphatic drainage massage techniques to move lymph from your tissues to your lymph nodes, which eases the swelling in your tissues.

However, lymphatic massage is not recommended for people with the following conditions:

  • congestive heart failure

  • history of blood clots or stroke

  • current infection

  • liver problems

  • kidney problems

If you are looking for lymphatic massage for a post-operation treatment, please book 1-2 weeks post-op. 

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