Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymph drainage massage is a gentle style of bodywork that mimics the movement of lymph vessels. Peripheral lymph vessels contract at a rate of six to 10 contractions per minute, so massage movements are repeated at the same slow rate. There is a rich bed of lymph capillaries immediately below the skin, so it isn’t necessary to use deeper pressure to affect them. Lymph massage therapists use a light touch, less than nine ounces per square inch. Lymph fluid is drained toward lymph nodes in the neck, armpits and groin, before traveling to the largest lymph vessels and back into the cardiovascular system. Your therapist will massage your lymph nodes first, and then will massage lymph toward the lymph nodes, before massaging your trunk and extremities.