Lymphatic System Massage helps to stimulate and drain the lymphatic system. There are various levels and forms of LM and you may have it for different reasons. For general health and improvement of light fluid retention, detox, cellulite or to help with recovery from illness you may have a general Lymphatic massage and/or Galvanic Spa.

For more serious Lymphatic issues including loss of lymph nodes, primary or secondary Lymphoedema, Lipedema, after surgery you may choose Decongestive Lymphatic Drainage (there are also yoga poses for lymphatic drainage) if you are currently undergoing radiation or chemotherapy Oncology Massage would be the best choice.

  • Lymphatic Massage
  • Decongestive Drainage
  • Oncology Massage
  • Detox & Cellulite
  • Conditions & Preparations

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is an essential system for strong immune function and consists of a network of delicate tubes, vessels and nodes. The lymphatic system collects waste produced by cells, along with bacteria and viruses. These substances pass through the lymphatic system and nodal areas where special cells called lymphocytes attack and kill viruses, bacteria and cancer cells.

Eventually the lymph is emptied back into the bloodstream via the thoracic duct under the collarbone area. It is then filtered by elimination organs such as liver, spleen and kidneys.

Why have Lymphatic Massage?

Due to various factors sometimes the lymphatic system struggles to drain fluid from the tissues properly. This can result in tissues appearing swollen and puffy. Short term swelling is called oedema. Swelling that lasts for 3 months or more is called Lymphoedema.

The lymphatic system can also become damaged due to surgery, accident, illness or infection. Other factors such as lifestyle choices, diet and exercise can also affect the functioning of this important system.

The Lymphatic System has many functions

managing the fluid levels in the body
Responding to bacteria and viruses
Eliminating cancer cells
Removing cell by products that could confuse the body and create disease including inflammation
absorbing some of the fats in our diet from the intestine

What conditions are Lymphatic Drainage Massage for?

Short term fluid retention (oedema)
As an aid to detox
Cellulite reducer – to improve the appearance of cellulite & tone the skin
Longer term fluid retention – lymphoedema
Lipedema
Lymph node removal
As part of surgery recovery
To support the immune system after illness

What is involved in a Treatment?

Lymphatic Massage (LM) can be a general all over massage or specific areas can be focussed on depending on your goals. LM is excellent if you have had a period of illness, are feeling generally fatigued or stressed, want to boost your overall health or as part of a detox program. It is also beneficial during pregnancy especially in the later stages when oedema may be present. Oedema can cause you to feel sluggish, limbs can feel heavy and ache.

Lymphatic Massage is quite different from Remedial Massage. It is a light massage as the majority of lymph sits just under the surface of the skin. Diaphragmatic breathing is used to pump the lymph and the therapist stimulates the nodes to encourage drainage and then works close to the nodal area, moving away gradually so space is made for fluid to drain into. The treatment is gentle and relaxing and we use corn flour to create glide rather than oil. You will be gently wiped down with warm towels at the end of treatment.

How Many Treatments Should I Have?

General LDM can be a one off treatment but it is more effective if you have a series of 3 treatments reasonably close together. So over one week to 10 days is ideal. There are also steps you can take in between appointments to make the lymphatic drainage massage most effective. Please read these steps so you get the most out of your appointments.

Pricing

Lymphatic Massage Single Treatment 30
mins
45
mins
60
mins
90
mins
$62
(Follow up appointments only)
$82 $99 $145

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Preparing for treatment & what to do between
Lymphatic Treatments

To get the most out of your treatments please do the following

  • Arrive at your appointment well hydrated. Dehydration will severely impair your ability to detoxify and may make you feel unwell.
  • You will always undress to your level of comfort, we do ask if you are comfortable to remove all clothing as tight underwear and underwire bras restrict lymph flow and the effectiveness of treatment. You will always be draped appropriately and your privacy respected. If you want to keep any clothing on, please ensure it is as loose as possible.
  • Drainage may be performed in the abdominal area so eat a few hours beforehand and try to eat lightly.
  • Don’t apply moisturiser on the day of treatment. It’s best to have clean dry skin so we get the best stretch response, this is an essential part of LDM.
  • Your liver will be responsible for detoxifying a lot what the lymphatic system collects so please support it before your session by abstaining from alcohol. You can also drink lemon juice in warm water for a few days before hand to give your liver a boost.
  • LDM massage moves lymph into the bloodstream so toxins and waste can be eliminated, so it is best to have a period of gentle movement after your treatment. A gentle walk or light yoga class or swim are great options. If you are interested in yoga see our Detox & Yoga Package.
  • Once you have had your treatment and some gentle movement plan for a period of rest. Your body will be doing some housekeeping and the best way to support it is to rest and eat lightly. Prepare some food such as soup before treatment so you can come home and relax. You may also want to purchase some of our Detox Tea (link to detox tea) blend created by our Naturopath Jacinta Brinnand.

FAQ

Does lymphatic massage work?

The benefits of Lymphatic Massage and Lymphatic Drainage include:

  • Boost Immune system
  • Detox
  • Boost Energy Levels
  • relieves aching muscles
  • improves blood circulation
  • assisting to reduce cellulite
  • reduces bloating

Why get a lymphatic massage?

Lymphatic massage is useful to reduce feelings of:

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Fluid Renton

When to get lymphatic massage after lipo?

For the best outcomes after liposuction – it is advisable to book in for a full Lymphatic Drainage consultation.   This ensures that the hardness has gone and only oedema is left. It is recommended to wait approximately 9 weeks after the procedure before your Lymphatic Drainage Massage treatment to reduce the bruising and numbness.

What’s the difference between General Lymphatic Massage and Decongestive Lymphatic Drainage?

Glad you asked! General Lymphatic Massage can be used for oedema caused by all sorts of issues from poor diet, lack of movement, surgery etc. It can be a one off massage or a series of treatments that tackle oedema causes. It can also be used for Lymphoedema if you are just requiring a general drain. For example, you may have some Lymphoedema due to node removal and need a drain every now and again when lymph builds up.

Decongestive is for more complicated Lymphoedema issues and can involve compression bandaging, compression garments and a series of treatments. It is used for a more chronic situation that may not have been treated or managed and needs some more intensive treatment to get the size of limbs down and the lymphatic system functioning well again. It may involve taking measurements, before and after photos and a series of treatments. You may also be encouraged to get fitted for a compression garment to help the issue on a day to day basis.

I’ve had lymph nodes removed, will General Lymphatic Drainage work for me?

If you have had nodes removed you will probably have Lymphoedema. However it depends on the severity, what you want to gain from a treatment and how you are managing it. We can provide one off treatments that will provide some benefit in the short term, over the long term it helps to have a regular treatment. You may benefit more from a Decongestive Lymphatic Drainage series if the condition is chronic and has not been managed before.

What is lymphatic massage therapy?

Lymphatic massage Brisbane is a gentle massage style designed to stimulate the movement of lymphatic fluid through the body.  The pressure must be very light to interact with the lymphatic ducts.  Lymphatic massage helps the lymph system to maintain fluid balance (reduces swelling), improves blood circulation and has been scientifically proven to boost the immune system.

Who does lymphatic massage?

Lymphatic massage is a branch off remedial massage therapy.  The best practitioners are extensively trained in advanced lymphatic techniques. Knead Massage Brisbane has several Expert Lymphatic Massage Therapists including Senior Lymphatic Therapist – Anna Dawson.

Does lymphatic massage help cellulite?

Absolutely!  By stimulating the circulation of the blood and enhances flow throughout the body tissues. Lymphatic massage gets rid of the waste, excess fluid and fat through excretion.

Is lymphatic massage painful?

No – Lymphatic massage is the gentlest form of massage there is.  The purpose of lymphatic massage is to help stimulate the lymphatic system and flush the waste to the kidney and liver, which then leaves the body via excretion or through the nasal cavities.  In order for Lymphatic massage to work the pressure has to be very light.

Who does lymphatic massage near me?

Anna Dawson at Knead Massage Brisbane is Senior Lymphatic massage specialist.  All of our Lymphatic Massage practitioners are trained and have performed hundreds of lymphatic massage treatments.

Is lymphatic massage safe?

Lymphatic massage is only contra-indicated if you are presently suffering from cancer, a bacterial infection, or recovering from a new tattoo (at least 4-6 weeks is needed after the application of ink).

What is lymphatic massage good for?

Lymphatic massage has been proven to:

  • Boost the immune system
  • Assist in detoxification
  • Boost Energy Levels (stimulate the adrenal system)
  • Relieve aching muscles (removes inflammatory substances and by products of exercise)
  • Help with circulation
  • Helps with cellulite
  • Helps with bloating

Why lymphatic massage after liposuction?

A Lymphatic drainage treatment (different to lymphatic massage) is a more appropriate first treatment after liposuction. Lymphatic Drainage Massage uses wraps and pumping actions to shift the hardness and swelling in the tissue that occurs after Lipo more efficiently then basic lymphatic massage can in the early stages of recovery.

Lymphatic massage after liposuction?

A Lymphatic drainage treatment (different to lymphatic massage) is a more appropriate first treatment after liposuction. Lymphatic Drainage Massage uses wraps and pumping actions to shift the hardness and swelling in the tissue that occurs after Lipo more efficiently then basic lymphatic massage can in the early stages of recovery.

Is lymphatic massage beneficial?

The benefits of Lymphatic Massage and Lymphatic Drainage include:

  • Boost Immune system
  • Detox
  • Boost Energy Levels
  • relieves aching muscles
  • improves blood circulation
  • assisting to reduce cellulite
  • Helps with bloating

How does lymphatic massage work?

An expert Lymphatic Massage practitioner has a deep understanding of the anatomy – especially the lymphatic network and is moving the lymph fluid strategically to the lymph nodes and ultimately into the excretory pathways.

Lymphatic massage uses very gentle circulating and scooping hand movements that stimulate the lymphatic system to flush waste through the kidney and liver. Waste then leaves the body via excretion or through the nasal cavities.

when can i start lymphatic massage after liposuction?

For the best outcomes after Lipo – it is advisable to book in for a full Lymphatic Drainage consultation.   This ensures that the hardness has gone and only oedema is left. It is recommended to wait approximately 9 weeks after the procedure before your Lymphatic Drainage Massage treatment to reduce the bruising and numbness.

where can i get lymphatic massage?

Knead Massage Brisbane has a number of Expert Lymphatic Massage Therpaists – including Senior Lymphatic Therapist – Anna Dawson.

Where can i get lymphatic massage?

Areas that can be treated with Lymphatic Massage include:

  • face/scalp
  • neck
  • shoulders
  • Back
  • glutes
  • legs/feet
  • near their pelvis(closer to the hips and just above pelvic bone)
  • chest/around breasts
  • arms/hands
  • abdomen

Can lymphatic massage reduce weight?

Lymphatic Massage will assist to move fluid through the kidneys and liver (and then out of the body). Weight would be reduced when excessive fluid has been excreted.

Can lymphatic massage make you sick?

It is unlikely that you will feel sick if you follow the recommendations of your therapist.  It is possible to feel sick after receiving lymph massage. One of the functions of the lymphatic system is the removal of toxins and wastes created from food, pollution and cellular waste of the body.

You should consult with a GP if you are on medication for kidney failure before considering Lymphatic Massage or Lymphatic Drainage.

if you’re fighting off a cold or flu avoid a lymphatic massage during the first 24-48 hours as it is likely you will feel worse.

Can lymphatic massage help cellulite?

Absolutely!  By stimulating the circulation of the blood and enhances flow throughout the body tissues. Lymphatic massage gets rid of the waste, excess fluid and fat through excretion.

Can lymphatic massage cause diarrhea?

It is possible to get mild diarrhea as your body after an initial Lymphatic Massage as the body is expelling toxins and waste into the kidneys and liver. This is especially true if you have IBS. It is not common, but not a cause for alarm.

Lymphatic Massage Package Prices

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$520 00

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What is Decongestive Drainage?

Decongestive Drainage treatments are a specific treatment for people suffering from Lymphoedema or Lipedema. You may have a one off treatment or a series of treatments depending on the severity of your issue and your goals.

Decongestive treatments differ from Lymphatic Massage as there will be a specific area that will be the focus, and treatments may involve the use of a lymphatic pump, compression bandaging, and/or compression stockings. For more serious issues we will take measurements and before and after photos so you can see progression.

What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is swelling of the body, especially the limbs and can be either primary or secondary in nature. Primary lymphoedema is something that is hereditary and the cause can often be unknown. It may be present at birth and this is called congenital lymphedema, or it can present in teenage years or in pregnancy and this is attributed to hormonal changes in the body.

Primary lymphedema is not at this stage curable, so the symptoms need to be managed by a Lymphoedema therapist.

Secondary Lymphoedema

Secondary lymphoedema is lymphoedema created by a known cause and the following things can create this condition

Heart attacks and strokes
Post-surgery from an accident
Diabetes
Cancer and node dissection
Chemotherapy
Radiation

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Opening Hours

Level 3, 233 Albert Street, Brisbane Qld 4000

T: 07 3003 0801

Mon & Tues 7.30am - 7.30pm
Wed - Fri 7.30am - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm