Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

*This massage is strictly done 2+ weeks post operation.

The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system.  It moves fluids in a slow rhythmic fashion through the body and returns it back to the circulatory system. The main function of the lymphatic system is the purification of the connective tissue as lymph is a fluid that originates in the connective tissue.  It clears away bacteria, cell debris, excess water, and collects proteins and waste that are too large to return back to the bloodstream.

The benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage is to purposely and directionally move the lymph to increase circulation, detoxify the body and restoring muscle function by decongesting the tissue.  Lymph moves in only one direction through one-way vales called angions.  By encouraging the lymph to flow by slow and gentle light touch strokes, we eliminate stagnation in the body and are able to bring balance to the autonomic nervous system (our fight or flight response).  The lymphatic system’s primary pathway is under the skin and the idea is to “skin-stretch” rather than compress the lymph nodes.

The Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage

  • Decrease stagnant fluid from tissues and increase blood circulation
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation and accelerates healing process
  • Increasing immune system
  • Stimulate the para-sympathetic nervous system (rest & digest) to relieve stress and promote emotional stability

Contraindications

  • Skin conditions that are contagious, infected, and open or discharging fluids
  • Acute fever
  • Any heart, kidney, or liver diseases present and/or procedures taken in a year
  • Severe asthma
  • Thyroid disease
  • Blood clots or phlebitis
  • Currently receiving organ transplants
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Active cancer patients must receive physician’s approval for treatment
  • Hard contacts should not be worn during massage session

What to Expect From a Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Similar to our Ultimate Relaxation Specialty Massage: this massage will use LDM techniques paired with Swedish effleurage.  We will be working moving the lymph to the primary lymph channels located in: abdomen, armpits, neck, and hip area.  This massage will have a section where we will focus on the face and stomach, if you’d prefer not to have these areas touched please advised beforehand. Due to the healthy detoxing nature of this massage, it is beneficial to drink plenty of water before hand to stay hydrated (which will allow for ease when performing the massage) and have a near empty stomach to allow from proper drainage of the stomach and organs.

Signature Massage Rates

Our Award-Winning Signature Massage is our most commonly booked appointment. Our Signature Massage is a custom blend of various massage modalities designed to increase general well-being and help to relieve pain, tension, and stress. It can focus on the main area of pain and postural tension, or it can be a relaxing full body massage.

*Pediatric massage rates are at member pricing (20% off).

*Very Important: At the time of booking, please discuss the type of massage or other service you are expecting when you schedule your appointment. This will ensure we match you with the most appropriate staff member for your needs.

We require a Credit Card on file to schedule any appointment at MTW. If you need to reschedule, please notify the office at least 24 hours prior to your appointment start time to avoid the Late Cancellation Fee.