Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

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

Lymphatic Drainage, also known as Oncology Massage, is a therapeutic massage technique generally used in the treatment of lymphedema, cancer, sports injury, and post-surgery patients.  It involves the application of light pressure and rhythmic movements which encourage the natural flow of lymph and the removal of toxins from damaged areas of the body.

Lymphatic / Oncology Massage 2018

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage:

  • Reduces edema
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Promotes regeneration of cells and tissue
  • Improves ability to fight infection
  • Reduces pain and stress

How Lymphatic Drainage Works

The light pressure used in lymphatic drainage prevents the lymph vessels from being flattened while the slow massage strokes facilitate the dilation of the lymph vessels, allowing lymphatic fluid to drain properly.

When lymphatic drainage techniques are applied, your therapist may lift your arm or leg and glide the massage strokes towards the center of your body.  This is done to allow the lymph to drain towards the armpits or the abdomen, which is where the majority of your lymph nodes are located.  The lymph nodes filter and neutralize the lymph. Purified lymph flow will enhance your immune function, which will improve your ability to resist infection and accelerate your healing process.

Your massage therapist may also apply lymphatic drainage techniques to your face, especially if you are experiencing headaches or sinus problems.  Your neck also contains a high number of lymph nodes. The utilization of lymphatic drainage around your sinuses will direct the flow of lymph into the nodes of your neck.


While lymphatic drainage is safe for most patients, ask your doctor if the modality is safe for you if you have any of the following:

  • Acute inflammation caused by a virus, bacteria, or allergens
  • Malignant tumors
  • Heart disease

For post-surgery patients, make sure to ask your doctor if resting prone or supine on a massage table is safe.

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.