How does it work?
Lymphatic drainage massage is a method for mechanically moving fluids through tissues. Results are achieved by mimicking the action of the lymphatic system itself. Using repetitive strokes at a precise speed, rhythm and pressure using the hands. Fluids are moved forward through the lymphatic vessels and away from sites where fluid has pooled.
Lymphatic drainage massage stimulates the lymphatic vessels to contract. The massage also appears to make the rhythm of natural contractions more regular.
Lymphatic drainage massage moves the skin in different directions, lengthways, horizontally and diagonally. This movement stretches the microfilaments just below the skin, which control openings to the initial lymphatic vessels, therefore allowing interstitial fluid to enter the lymphatic system while also stimulating lymph vessels to contract.
The massage itself is very light, gentle and slow paced. It does not include long strokes, heavy pressure or rapid movements.
Medical conditions it can benefit: