Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

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**Please note that we are not taking new Lymphatic Drainage Therapy patients at this time**

What Is Lymph?

Lymph is a clear fluid found in the lymphatic system. Lymph collects waste, bacteria, and toxic substances from the tissues of the body, and the tiny vessels of the lymphatic system carry it to lymph nodes that filter and clean the lymph. When lymph does not move sufficiently, toxins build up around cells and waste proteins accumulate, affecting the health of the cells and tissues.

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?

Lymphatic drainage therapy is a light, feathery massage performed with fingers to redirect the flow of lymphatic fluid in the body. Therapists employ precise rhythm, pressure, and direction of massage to clear stagnant fluid from lymph nodes. Encouraging the flow of lymph in tissues and lymph nodes helps to remove waste products from the body, which may improve overall health.

The History of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Lymphatic drainage therapy was first developed in Belgium in the early 1800s, and was then refined in the 1930s by a massage therapist in Denmark. Also called decongestive therapy, it was used to treat lymphedema, an unnatural swelling in the legs and arms caused by blocked or damaged blood vessels.

Who Benefits from This Treatment?

People who have compromised immune systems, feel sick all the time, or have frequent illnesses. Also people who develop lymphedema—for example, after surgery for breast cancer, injuries affecting the lymphatic system, cosmetic surgery, or other surgical interventions.

What To Expect

The session starts with light massage on the surface of the skin of the neck. Using very light pressure the therapist gently moves the skin, following the vessels of the lymphatic system and moving toward lymph nodes, so that accumulated lymph fluid can drain out of the tissues. Lymphatic drainage is very gentle and is not painful.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy promotes detoxification and healing, treats body aches and headaches, reduces swelling, reduces the body’s response to stress, and may increase energy.


We do not offer Lymphatic Drainage for patients with lipoedema or lymphedema at this time.