Lymphatic drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a type of compression massage that improves the circulation of blood, lymph and tissue fluids. It is mainly used in the treatment of lymphedema and lymph/water stasis. Extremely helpful in reducing post-surgery marks.

Drainage massage helps eliminate swelling, relaxes muscles, reduces cellulite and fat tissue, tones up and rejuvenates the appearance of the skin. It has a detoxifying effect on the body, improves metabolism and peripheral circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system.

At CUD Massage Parlour, lymphatic drainage is performed using only hands. This allows our therapists to work with much greater sensitivity. The touch of hands and palms itself has very a beneficial effect on well-being as well.

Gentle, highly effective treatment

During drainage, the stagnant fluid (lymph) is pushed towards the lymph nodes - which themselves are omitted during this procedure. The hand movements are gentle, as most of the lymphatic vessels are located just beneath the skin.

Lymph isn't just a tissue fluid, it is also the cells of the immune system. Therefore, drainage mobilizes the immune system, increases oxygenation and nutrition of cells and destroys pathogens in the lymph, including cancer cells.

Moving, squeezing and pushing lymph is performed along the lymphatic vessels or in the direction of the lymph nodes mentioned above. The draining procedure does not cause congestion, it only leads to relocation of tissue fluid.


A variation of drainage massage, performed with the use of fragrant oils. You can read about the wonderful properties of essential oils and the benefits of aromatherapy on our site.

Lymphatic massage of face, neck and neckline

A local variation of a drainage massage can be performed on the face, neck and cleavage areas. Lymphatic drainage of the face helps eliminate puffiness and swelling and reduces the intensity(depth) of wrinkles. The massaged area spans from the clavicles to the top of the head.

Indications for lymphatic massage

  • Cellulite,
  • Ischemia of the lower limbs,
  • Osteoarthritis,
  • Detoxification of the body.
  • Gout,
  • Drug-induced lymphadenopathy,
  • Neuropathies, neuralgia,
  • Venous insufficiency,
  • Fat swelling, obesity,
  • Nourishment and improvement of appearance of the skin,
  • Varicose veins prevention,
  • Chronic edema,
  • Trophic skin disorders,
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome,
  • Heavy leg syndrome,
  • Raynaud's syndrome.

Contraindications to lymphatic massage

  • Cancer diseases, condition after removal of cancer,
  • Allergic, inflammatory and infectious skin conditions, open wounds,
  • Diseases of the cardiovascular system,
  • Infectious diseases,
  • Pregnancy, menstruation,
  • Pulmonary tuberculosis,
  • Tumors in the course of lymph nodes,
  • Glaucoma,
  • Hyperthyroidism (prohibits massaging the neck region),
  • Kidney, heart, liver insufficiency,
  • Edema from acute inflammation,
  • Acute pulmonary edema,
  • Acute soft tissue injury,
  • Epilepsy,
  • Fresh blood clots,
  • Subfebrile condition,
  • Purulent states of the tonsils,
  • Tooth extraction and periodontal purulent lesions,
  • Heart defects, implanted pacemaker,
  • Post-traumatic strokes,
  • Blood clots and phlebitis,
  • Advanced atherosclerosis,
  • Lymphangitis.

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