Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

 Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage 

What is manual lymphatic drainage massage?

Lymphatic Drainage is a subtle massage treatment aimed at flushing ‘lymph’ (a clear fluid that flows just beneath the skin’s surface) towards the lymph nodes and then out of the body. A healthy lymphatic circulation helps reduce the dimply appearance of cellulite and the inflammation caused by a buildup of white blood cells and toxins, which over time can lead to sore joints and other ailments.

The lymphatic system is an important part of the body’s immune defense against disease and infection, but curiously the vessels and lymph nodes don’t have their own pump system, so lymph needs all the help it can get with exercise and manual massage to sweep toxins out from the body.

What does it involve?

Your spa therapist will perform a slow, deliberate rhythmical subtle pumping movement up the legs and abdomen along the body’s lymph drainage paths. Some might say it feels not unlike a caterpillar crawling over the skin, so this isn’t for everybody! The technique can feel a little tender in certain areas where fatty cells accumulate, e.g. on the thighs, where cellulite appears, but generally it’s a subtle technique.

Best for:

  • Kick-starting a detoxification programme
  • Combating the dimply appearance of cellulite as part of a healthy lifestyle change
  • Boosting your immunity
  • Reducing pain and inflammation


Think twice...

…if you prefer a deep massage pressure and for a spa therapist to really work in to your muscular knots. If that’s the case, this is not the treatment to choose. Lymphatic Drainage massage is very gentle rather than knot-busting. Be aware that you may need a course of treatments to see and feel a difference as part of a healthy lifestyle change.

Did you know?

Marching energetically on the spot is an easy way to kick-start your lymph flow first thing in the morning. Also try jumping up and down on a low-impact rebounder (small trampoline) if you have one. Conversely, being a couch potato or having a sedentary job is, surprise surprise, a major cause of a sluggish lymphatic system, not to mention a host of longer-term health problems.

Top tip:

Body Brushing is many an Elemis and ESPA spa therapist’s top tip for getting lymph zooming around the body. Read our Tips Aftercare to find out how to do this most effectively at home between professional Lymphatic Drainage treatments.

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