Lymphatic Drainage Massage and Why You Should Go

A Bit of History

Lymphatic drainage massage was developed in 1932 by Danish physiotherapist Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid. They first created this technique in order to help people to reduce swelling in their necks and extremities due to improper circulation of the lymph. At this time, Dr. Vodder, was working in Cannes France where he was treating a patient with chronic sinusitis and acne using his technique. He was so impressed with the results that he wrote a book on how to treat the entire body with manual lymphatic draining. It was only in the 1960’s that his technique got scientific credibility, after German Dr. J. Askonk tested manual lymphatic draining on 20 000 patients to discover it’ s benefits and contra-indications. Today, lymphatic draining is known as one of the best cleaning out the body, boosting the immune system and encouraging cell regeneration.

What to Expect During and After a Treatment

Lymphatic draining is very soft and gentle massage. The therapist uses light pressure in order to move the skin. The movements are rhythmic and the hands will act as a pump in order to move the lymph toward the lymph nodes where all the anti-bodies can be processed. A treatment can be as short as 45 minutes and as long as 2 hours depending on the recommendation and school of thought. After a treatment you may feel extremely tired and have no energy. This is because after the treatment your body is still working hard at cleaning itself. You could feel like this for a few days or up to 2 weeks depending on how much your body needed to be cleaned out. However, once this step is over you should have more energy than before the treatment. It is very important to drink lot’s of water after a treatment to aid the flushing process.
Reasons to go for Lymphatic Draining


Lymphatic draining rids the body of all the “garbage” that we can stock in it and can be very beneficial for those doing a detox program. It’s also good for helping us to lose weight or getting rid of cellulite.

Immune Boost:

Lymphatic draining is good for making our immune systems stronger. If you are always sick with colds, flues or infections like a urinary tract infection it would be a good treatment for you. It can also help allergy sufferers and ease their symptoms. I recommend that you have these treatments before the cold and allergy season in order to make your lymphatic system stronger and possibly avoid these problems.

Cell Regeneration:

Working on the lymphatic system helps our cells to regenerate. So if you are scarred in any way or had a surgery it is very effective for re-building tissue.


Lymphatic draining is good for those with cancer because it can reduce the lymphoedema they might have. The therapist will work on the swollen areas in order to move the liquids that are trapped in certain areas. It is important that patient have the approval of their doctor and that the therapist they choose is properly trained for this. In this treatment the therapist might add bandaging treatment to prevent the lymph from coming back.

It is recommended to go for lymphatic draining every season to stay healthy, and more often if you want to work on a specific problem.Think of it as a spring cleaning of the body done at least twice a year and how it feels good to get rid of the “garbage” we store away.

Lymphatic drainage for cellulite


~ by 1bizzybee on February 7, 2010.

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