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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Client on massage table receives lymphatic drainage massage on left calfThe human lymphatic system is a network located throughout the body. It is essential to health, much like the blood circulation system. By learning massage techniques that aid the function of this system, massage therapists can help clients maintain circulation, balance, and immune capabilities. Using careful, gentle motions, therapists trained in lymphatic drainage massage help move trapped lymph fluid.

HICI Go is an online center that hosts a diverse catalog of health and beauty courses online for people in Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, or anywhere else in the U.S. We offer lymphatic drainage massage training and other massage courses.

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymph fluids pass through lymph vessels, nodes, and organs. These fluids contain immune system components, as well as waste products, water, and proteins. And the lymph nodes serve to filter these fluids before being passed to veins that carry blood toward the heart. Some surgical procedures, injuries, illnesses, genetic disorders, or medical conditions can cause blockages or buildup in the lymphatic system, a condition called lymphedema.

Lymphatic drainage massage uses techniques to help move lymph fluid toward the lymph nodes. This is important work because the lymphatic drainage system is key to regulating the immune system. Massage therapists can help clients who experience symptoms of lymphedema, such as:

  • Swelling in arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Pain and feelings of heaviness
  • Swollen areas of the shoulder, breast, groin, or face
  • Tight clothing due to enlarged areas of lymph
  • Skin discoloration
  • Recurring infections
  • Weakness

There are four main massage techniques used for lymphatic drainage massage. This type of massage is for stretching the skin, rather than deep muscles. All the movements should be light and moderate. The therapist starts near the torso and works outward. Areas of the body experience clearing, preparing them to handle more lymph fluid, and then reabsorption, which allows the fluid to flow properly. Here are the main techniques used in lymphatic drainage massage:

  • Vodder: The therapist repeats spiral or circular movements that sweep the area of lymphedema.
  • Foldi: With this technique, the therapist uses circular strokes with periods of relaxation.
  • Casley-Smith: Adding breathing to circular strokes, the therapist uses the sides and palms of the hands.
  • Leduc: This advanced technique uses the hands to collect and then sweep away the lymphedema.

Please note: These massage therapies are not recommended for patients with heart conditions, a history of blood clots, a current infection, or kidney failure.

The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Just as there are many different symptoms and causes of lymphedema, massage therapy provides a variety of benefits to clients and patients. With a treatment program known as decongestive lymphatic therapy, for example, clients receive lymphatic drainage massage in conjunction with other practices, such as wearing compression socks and completing prescribed exercises.

After surgery for breast cancer, patients who have undergone mastectomy or removal of lymph nodes may experience blocked or trapped lymph fluid. Lymphatic drainage massage helps restore lymph fluid movement throughout the body. Other conditions and procedures that may result in lymphedema include:

  • Cancer treatments
  • Vascular surgery
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lipectomy and lipedema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lymphatic system infections and parasites
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Chronic venous insufficiency

Lymphatic Drainage and Other Massage Courses at HICI Go

HICI Go offers unique educational opportunities through its diverse catalog of continuing education topics on the subjects of beauty, health, and wellness. Shop courses that are live in-person, live webinars, or video courses available online anytime. We offer this instruction throughout the U.S., with in-person options available through our partner schools.

Lymphatic drainage massage is one of the many topics available from HICI Go for licensed professionals and others interested in the field. Join practitioners who work in conjunction with medical practices, and those who want to offer their clients more options for wellness, in learning about this advanced massage technique.

Learn About Lymphatic Drainage Massage Today

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Whether you prefer live instruction, or want online courses that fit your busy schedule, HICI Go has options for enhancing and furthering your education in massage, skin care, hair, barbering, nails, and makeup. For more information about lymphatic drainage massage and other options, contact us today.