Massage & Therapy

Lymphatic Massage: Benefits and contraindications

The lymphatic massage or drainage is a gentle massage that is performed slowly with the hands and whose main benefit is to activate the flow of lymph, a whitish liquid flowing through our body, within the lymphatic vessels. It also improves the immune system (defenses). It is recommended in cases of fluid retention, swelling or edema. It can also be very effective in combating cellulite and prevent some skin disorders (such as acne or rosacea). Let’s look more closely; what are the benefits of lymphatic massage and possible contraindications.

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How to do it

The lymphatic massage owe it to the Danish couple formed by the physiotherapist Emil Vodder and his naturopath wife Estrid Vodder, in the decade of the 30, after observing that patients suffering from infections of chronic respiratory had lymph nodes very swollen in the neck. Applying a massage in the lymph results noted an improvement in patients. Lymphatic massage not only stimulates lymph circulation but prevents the accumulation of impurities.

This massage is performed through circular movements that are practiced with fingers in the lymph nodes (armpits, groin and neck). The massage starts from the neck, continuing towards the ears, the center of the face and side areas of the head, and then moved to the body.


Lymphatic massage provides many health benefits, such as:

  • It helps to fight cellulite and unsightly orange peel skin, especially in the early stages. Reduces swelling of the ankles and the feeling of heavy legs and feet.
  • Relieves premenstrual syndrome and the typical mood swings.
  • Reduces the scars related to accumulation of interstitial fluid.
  • It helps to fight acne and rosacea (as it combats the presence of interstitial fluid in the skin).


It is not recommended in cases of: heart disease or liver failure, kidney failure, phlebitis, asthma, acute bronchitis, recent thrombosis, cardiac edema, skin infections, bacterial infections, low blood pressure and hyperthyroidism.