If you look up a spa menu, even online, there’s a good chance you’ll find a lymphatic drainage massage that helps flush toxins, boost immunity, and eliminate water weight and bloatedness. That is why most celebrities and supermodels are obsessed with it and making the treatment part of their beauty regimen. 

In this blog, we will explain the importance of lymphatic massage, who might benefit from it, and how to prepare and administer this type of massage at home.

What is the lymphatic system?

A lymphatic system is a group of tissues and organs that aid in eliminating toxins, waste, and other unnecessary materials from the body. Its primary purpose is to transport lymph, a fluid carrying infection-fighting white blood cells, across the body.

However, surgery, medical health problems, or other damages may cause fluids to accumulate in the lymph system and lymph nodes, resulting in the so-called condition known as lymphedema. If you have had surgery involving the lymph nodes, it recommends having a lymphatic drainage massage performed by a certified massage or physical therapist, like Massage Rx.

Who can benefit from the lymphatic massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage technique that promotes the flow of lymph vessels across the body. Aside from lymphedema, lymphatic drainage massage can also be advantageous for people enduring:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Swelling or Edema
  • Skin Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Digestive Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine

However, lymphatic massage is not suitable for people suffering from:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • History of blood clots or stroke
  • Infection maladies
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney issues
  • Circulation difficulties

How to perform a lymphatic drainage massage?

You can use the following lymphatic drainage massage techniques to drain lymph fluid from the chest, shoulder, and upper arm.


  • Place your palm flat on the other side of your chest.
  • Move your hand up to the chest and over the collarbone.
  • Continue up the neck until the skin on your chest feels tight, then relax.


  • Place your arm on a table or an armrest.
  • Put the other hand on the resting arm’s shoulder.
  • Move your hand over the back of your shoulder and into your neck.

Upper Arms

  • Put your arm on a table or an armrest.
  • Place the other hand’s middle two fingers on the upper arm below the shoulder.
  • Slide your fingertips gently toward the outside of the upper arm.
  • Wrap the hand around the upper arm’s outside.
  • Lightly move your hand to the inside of the shoulder.

Full Arms

  • Start at the shoulder.
  • Stretch the skin upward with the use of your palm.
  • Move the hand down to the upper arm and toward the shoulder.
  • Continue down the arm, moving the skin upward at all times.
  • Come to a halt at the wrist.

Reminder: It is vital to end the massage fully relaxed and by drinking plenty of water or fluids to help flush the body.

No time to prepare at home? Or do you want to experience the best massage therapy here in Los Angeles by a certified therapist? Contact us here at Massage Rx for the fast and effective massage you seek and need!

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