Have you had surgery? Do you have an autoimmune disorder? Been sick recently? Just feeling a little slow and sluggish?
Lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage massage, is a gentle method of supporting the body’s lymph system – one of the ways the body processes toxins. Unlike traditional Swedish massage, it involves light touch to move the lymph towards the three main lymph node areas in the body, in the neck, armpits, and groin.
We’ll begin our session with a chat about what’s going on in your body and your general health and together we’ll decide how much lymphatic work would be helpful – it could be just a bit at the beginning and end of your session, or it could be the whole session. My rates for lymphatic drainage massage are the same as my rates for Swedish massage.
It’s my observation that those who are recovering from surgery benefit the most from having several sessions in a row. Those with autoimmune disorders tend to benefit from regular sessions (once a month seems to work well). I usually give you one massage, then touch base with you the day after to see how you’re feeling and we can discuss what frequency will work for you.
After your lymphatic massage, you may feel a little slow, sluggish, slightly nauseous – this is the body’s completely normal response to toxins moving through your system, and it should pass in about 24 hours. Some people don’t feel that at all, but it’s normal if you do. I recommend lots of water and rest the day after your lymphatic massage, and no heavy exercise (stretching-type activities and walking are fine).