This procedure is not a massage. It is a technique which affects the nervous and lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage is subtle. It is a very light touch and the movements are gentle and rhythmic.
As lymph capillaries sit just under the skin, heavy pressure is not needed.
Lymph in the body doesn't work like our circulatory system. It is through us moving around and through breathing that enables circulation of lymph. It is the body's waste disposal system, so removes excess water, toxins, bacteria, metabolic waste and foreign substances.
A sluggish lymph system can affect our immunity and resistance to disease, so making us run down and more prone to catching coughs and colds.
Lymphatic drainage can therefore boost the immune system and can help with a variety of issues, such as sinus congestion, relief from tension and pain, tenderness and mild oedema (swelling).
It is also useful for sports injuries and post-surgery as it helps to minimise scarring and reduces the build up of fluid.
This treatment is performed on the whole body as I manually move the lymph along to the nodes drain it. I would suggest you wear clothes that are made from thin fabric for the procedure if you are not happy with just being covered with a sheet.
With any other treatment, lymphatic drainage is not suitable for everyone. Please see the important information section on the main therapies tab.