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The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

By: @emma.walsh


Lymphatic drainage massage is a holistic practice that activates and kickstarts the lymphatic system. It has become increasingly popular for its internal detoxification and external aesthetic benefits. 


But first, what is the lymphatic system? It’s a network of lymph nodes and vessels that drain excess fluid, metabolic waste, and toxins from the body. It’s a part of the immune system, and is complementary to the circulatory system. However, unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump with which fluid can be moved, so it must be stimulated manually through methods like lymphatic massage. 


This technique begins by stimulating lymph nodes, then performing manual massage techniques with soft pressure along the lymphatic pathway. This moves fluid from the body’s tissues to the lymph nodes, then to the urinary tract where it can be eliminated.

 

The massage has many benefits, including:

- Reducing bloating and fluid retention

- Reducing the appearance of cellulite

- A visual slimming, contouring, and sculpting effect

- Enhancing circulation

- Decreasing inflammation and swelling

- Promoting digestive health

- Boosting the immune system

 

The crème de le crème of lymphatic massages comes from Rebecca Faria, creator of Detox by Rebecca. She holds a master’s degree in Integrative Health and Wellness, along with a certification in Oriental Medicine. Her Brazilian manual lymphatic technique is beloved by A-list celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenners, Hailey Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Sofia Richie. 

 

Her approach is unique in that she focuses on the root cause of the inflammation, which can range from stress, diet, anxiety, gut problems, pregnancy, unhealthy habits, or surgery. She personalizes the treatment for each client by finding areas of congestion in the body and optimally guiding the lymph flow. She emphasizes that, “We have to identify the root cause and work in that area of the body to eliminate the inflammation. The patient has to work with me by improving their daily habits to solve the problem permanently.” For the best results, these massages should be done in conjunction with other lifestyle habits, like eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising, getting quality sleep, and reducing stress to reap the full array of benefits. 

 

If you’re looking to take it a step further, Faria’s technique also incorporates equipment like ultrasound, radiofrequency, and endermologie to achieve optimal results. But, you can perform the manual method yourself–she’s shared numerous tutorials for the face, legs, and stomach to experience the results of lymphatic drainage at home. 

 

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