What to expect

What to expect during your lymphatic massage

Light and rhythmic movements stimulate the lymphatic system without putting pressure on the vessels during a lymphatic massage. Your therapist will follow a particular sequence, using stretching, compressing, gliding, and cupping motions. These ease the movement of the lymphatic fluid while ensuring it doesn't get trapped.

Lymphatic massage techniques

Lymphatic drainage massage has two steps:

  • Clearing Releases the lymphatic fluid in the tissues.
  • Reabsorption Moves the lymphatic fluid into the lymph nodes.

Lymphatic massage therapists accomplish these steps using four specialised lymphatic drainage techniques:

  • Vodder requires various sweeping motions around the treatment area
  • Foldi requires the therapist to alternate between circular hand motions and moments of relaxation.
  • Casley-Smith involves circular hand motions, mainly using the sides and palms of the hands.
  • Leduc relies on hand motions to collect lymph fluid before redirecting it for absorption by the lymph nodes.
Lymphatic Techniques

Benefits of lymphatic massage

Usually, the lymphatic system collects the lymphatic fluid, returning it to the heart via a network of lymph vessels and nodes. However, in those affected by lymphedema, this process is disrupted, causing lymph to collect in the arms and legs and making them swell. In lymphatic massage, the therapist moves lymph from the tissues to the lymph nodes, easing tissue swelling.

Who would benefit from lymphatic massage?

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: People tend to experience poor lymph flow as this disease progresses. Lymphatic drainage massage can help ease later-stage rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI): Lymphatic drainage massage may help increase the speed of blood flow in people who experience disrupted blood flow with CVI.
  • Fibromyalgia: Lymphatic drainage massage helps treat depression and stiffness and improves the quality of life of those with fibromyalgia.
  • Lipedema: When excess fat accumulates in the lower body, the lymphatic pathways are blocked. Lymphatic massage improves this condition by stimulating the flow of lymph.

Lymphatic massage near me

If you, a friend, or a family member could benefit from the positive effects of lymphatic massage, book your next in-home massage session with Bigtoe. With affordable prices, easy bookings, and sessions entirely designed by you, for you, there's no time like the present to enjoy a lymphatic massage.


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