Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a specialized type of massage therapy designed to boost the immune system and help the body properly dispose of toxins and waste. This powerful technique can be highly effective in helping many patients recovery from surgery. It is also ideal for anyone seeking to stimulate a natural detoxification. It can be used as a stand-alone technique or in conjunction with other types of massage therapy. In order to make sure that your Lymphatic Drainage Massage is as safe, effective, and enjoyable as possible, we encourage all patients to use these tips to prepare themselves for their massage session. It is especially important to follow the instructions provided directly by your licensed massage therapist, as well as by your doctor or any other medical specialists you consult with regularly.

Important Tips for Surgical Patients

  • Follow all pre- and post-operative instructions from your surgeon and other medical specialists.
  • Verify when and how often Lymphatic Drainage Massage should be incorporated into your treatment plan for optimal results.
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage may stimulate your body to metabolize certain drugs more quickly than normal. If you are on pain medication or other medications, consult with your doctor in advance to adjust those medications accordingly.
  • Surgical patients should not combine or substitute Lymphatic Drainage Massage for other types of massage which may not be appropriate after surgery.

Before You Arrive at Your Lymphatic Drainage Massage Appointment

  • Be sure that you are well hydrated by drinking plenty of water in advance of your appointment.
  • If possible, arrive at your appointment with an empty stomach. If you must eat, limit yourself to a light snack.
  • Do not drink alcohol or consume recreational drugs the evening before or immediately after your massage session. Doing so will inhibit your liver’s ability to aid in detoxification.
  • Do not apply any creams or lotions to your skin before your massage. Maintaining dry skin will make your massage more effective.

What to Expect At Your Lymphatic Drainage Massage Appointment

  • Your massage will be most effective if your massage therapist can maintain direct contact with your skin. However, you will be asked only to undress to your level of comfort.
  • If you prefer to remain clothed, choose light, loose, cotton clothing without buckles, zippers, or pockets. Avoid underwire bras and ensure that your shirt enables your therapist to have contact with your neck and collarbones.
  • Be sure to visit the restroom before your massage begins!
  • Communicate frequently with your therapist during your session. Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a very light, gentle technique and should never be painful or uncomfortable.
  • As the massage stimulates the movement of lymph fluids, don’t be surprised by sensations such as tingling, coolness in your extremities (the fingers and toes), and by digestive noises.

How to Maximize Your Results AFTER Your Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy Session

  • Engage in a short, mild exercise session immediately after your massage (if possible). Movement such as a short walk or a gentle yoga class will help stimulate the movement of lymph and removal of toxins.
  • After your short period of movement, take a period of rest to allow your body to heal and regenerate.
  • Continue to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and continue to avoid the use of alcohol or recreational drugs.
  • You may notice an increase in coughing, mucous, and nasal drip as your body’s immune system responds to the stimulation. This response should only be temporary.
  • You may also experience a temporary increase in “healing responses” such as feeling tired, soreness, or achiness. These are usually normal signs that your body has begun the process of detoxifying. However, if these symptoms should become uncomfortable or persist, please contact your medical professional.
The best way to ensure that you see the very best results from your Lymphatic Drainage Massage is to work only with a licensed massage therapist with specific training in this intensive technique. Following these tips and any others provided by your massage therapist and medical professionals will also ensure that you acehive the most effective results of your Lymphatic Drainage Massage.

Contact Tampa Massage Clinic

Tampa Massage Clinic provides on-location massage services in the Greater Tampa, Florida area. To schedule an appointment with Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Advanced Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, Jakki Bosco LMT, please call (813) 298-5603. We believe nothing is more important than human touch.
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