What in the World Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

If you're on the lookout for a natural way to detoxify your body, it's easy to be inundated by the numerous options out there, all promising similar results.

You've read about the benefits of juicing, drinking more water, decreasing your salt intake and getting plenty of sleep. They're all said to help our bodies heal, detoxify and strengthen—all of which are absolutely true.

However, there are other practices that can also help our bodies cleanse. A lymphatic drainage massage is one of those tools. But what in the world is a lymphatic drainage massage? Read on below to learn all about it, including advice from an expert on the subject.

What, exactly, is a lymphatic drainage massage?

We spoke with Aneela Zaman, CEO of Zaman Skincare, about lymphatic drainage massages. She is an expert on the topic and was able to provide us with some valuable insight.

First things first, what's a lymphatic drainage massage?

According to Aneela, it's simply a "gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body or face."

lymphatic drainage massage

(via Shutterstock)

These fluids encourage the removal of excess waste and toxins in our body tissues. So, when massaged (typically with a facial roller), you are speeding the process along.


What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is so much more than just a manual method of reducing facial puffiness. Aneela shared many of the known benefits of the technique.

– Fights off infection

– Speeds up the healing and recovery process from the cold and flu

– Reduces water retention

– Improves the appearance of cellulite, skin swelling, scar tissue, acne and stretch marks

– Reduces stress and fatigue

– Helps with post-exercise recovery


When should we do it?

With a change in seasons at hand, now is the perfect time to get a lymphatic drainage massage. Aneela says:

"With each new season, we're eating different foods, our level of activity is adjusting and the change in weather is ultimately affecting our bodies' internal processes."

lymphatic drainage massage

(via Shutterstock)

Another vital time to receive the treatment is at the end of a cold or flu. Aneela mentioned that our bodies could use an extra boost to get our immune systems back on track and working properly. It can also help with bloating:

"When you're feeling extra bloated, it would be a great time to receive the treatment, as it helps to reduce water retention."


How can it be performed at home?

Aneela recommends getting a professional massage done for optimal results. However, if that's not an option, it can certainly be done by yourself in the comfort of your own home. 

"A lymphatic drainage massage uses very light pressure and long, rhythmic strokes. This gets the lymph fluid moving, directing the toxins into the organs that can properly remove them. You can use a facial roller or you can stimulate the face tissue by gently massaging it with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion."

lymphatic drainage massage

(via Shutterstock)

In order to stimulate blood circulation to the cells, a facial roller, like this one from Zaman Skincare, can get the job done. It helps increase oxygen to the cells and assists with drainage.


Like learning new skincare tips? Look HERE for suggestions on completing a morning skincare routine if you're lazy.