We live in an era that offers us so many alternative wellness treatments, at times it’s hard to keep up! One such treatment that we will discuss here, the lymphatic drainage massage, is a technique known for its ability to detoxify the body. 

Let’s take a closer look at lymphatic drainage massage.


What is a Lymphatic Draining Massage?

Our lymph system helps rid our bodies of waste and can at times become blocked or slow down. Lymph nodes are located throughout our bodies and serve as a central part of the immune system. 

Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that is designed to stimulate the flow, of a fluid that transports white blood cells, oxygen, and nutrients to tissues throughout the body, known as Lymph.

This massage consists of gentle, rhythmic strokes towards the lymph nodes to help rid the body of waste. Although this massage is not focused on your muscles as general massages are, it does affect the parasympathetic nervous system, which produces effects of calmness and relaxation.

A Lymph Drainage treatment lasts between 45 minutes to an hour.


Benefits of Lymphatic Draining Massages

This treatment is particularly effective for people dealing/suffering with the following:

  • Water retention caused by too much toxicity in the body.
  • Sinus build-up - Fun Fact, Lymphatic massages were first used to help those suffering with sinus problems!
  • Digestive problems
  • Swelling in the body, particularly swollen ankles or other joints.
  • Post-operative work - Manual lymphatic drainage stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, relieving the tightness and heaviness that comes with post-surgical swelling.
  • Colds, flus, coughing and lung congestion


Who should avoid Lymphatic Draining techniques?

Individuals who experience or have been diagnosed with any of the following:

  • Skin irritations and infections
  • Acute inflammation or infection of the lymphatic vessels
  • Increased risk of blood clotting
  • Malignant tumours/disease 
  • Congestive heart failure


Livestrong have also advised that people with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, goiter, eczema, those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy and anyone who is running a fever should use extreme caution when having lymphatic massages. Bruising at the massage areas may occur in people with these conditions. While the side effects that are possible during this condition aren't fatal, they can be uncomfortable.

Added to this information is the possibility of weight loss! Although lymphatic massages do not produce permanent weight loss on its own it may support the process of removing excess body weight. It may help improve digestion and boost your metabolism.


To book your Lymph Draining Massage at Kallima Lifestyle Clinic contact us on 0824193976 or info@kallimaclinic.co.za