Brazilian lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized type of massage therapy that focuses on stimulating the lymphatic system to promote the removal of excess fluid and toxins from the body.
The difference between a Lymphatic Massage and Brazilian Lymphatic Massage:
Lymphatic Massage- Uses only light and very slow movements.
Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage Massage– A full body treatment that combines light and slow movements in certain parts of the body with rhythmic movements and more pressure in others, with the objective of modeling the body in areas of greater concentration of localized fat and improving the appearance of cellulite, and accentuating the natural curves of the body.
Key aspects of Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage Massage:
Lymphatic System: The lymphatic system is a crucial part of the body’s immune system and plays a role in maintaining fluid balance. It consists of a network of lymph nodes and vessels that transport lymph, a clear fluid containing white blood cells and waste products, throughout the body.
Technique: The massage therapist uses gentle, rhythmic, and circular motions with their hands, fingers, or specialized tools to stimulate the lymphatic vessels just beneath the skin’s surface. The strokes are typically very light to avoid causing discomfort or bruising.
Benefits: Brazilian lymphatic drainage massage is often sought for its potential benefits, which may include reducing edema (swelling), improving circulation, boosting the immune system, and detoxifying the body. It is sometimes used as part of post-surgery recovery, especially in cosmetic surgery cases, to help reduce swelling and bruising. Other benefits include:
- Accelerates healing
- Oxegenates the tissues
- Improves the functioning of the digestive system
- Reduces stress
- Improves symptoms of pre-menstrual tension
- Improves self-esteem
- Prevents scar adhesions after plastic surgery
- Prevents fibrosis
- Prevents seromas
Conditions Treated: This type of massage is commonly used to address conditions such as lymphedema (a condition where lymphatic fluid accumulates in the tissues), cellulite, general fluid retention and after plastic surgery or other surgical procedures. It can also be used for relaxation and stress relief.
Sessions: A series of sessions is usually recommended to achieve optimal results, and the number of sessions required can vary depending on the individual’s needs and goals.
What To Do Before Your Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage Massage:
- Keep yourself hydrated at all times by drinking water and fluids
- Have light meals 12 hours before the massage
- Do NOT eat at least 30 mins before the massage
- Avoid alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior
What To Do After Your Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage Massage:
- Hydrate yourself with plenty of water and fluids
- Eat lights meals for the next 3 days
- Avoid salty foods
- Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine for the next 3 days
- Physical exercise
What to expect after your treatment:
The Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage method produces immediate results both therapeutically and visually. This gentle yet vigorous massage has several benefits such as reducing excess fluid retention and enhancing the body’s curves.
- Increased relaxation
- Increased circulation
- Improved digestion
- Less bloating
- Better energy levels
It’s important to note that while Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage Massage is generally safe, it may not be suitable for everyone. It’s essential to consult with a Registered Massage Therapist or healthcare professional before undergoing this type of massage, especially if you have any underlying medical conditions or concerns.
The effectiveness of Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage Massage can vary from person to person, and scientific evidence supporting its claims is somewhat limited. However, many people find it to be a relaxing and potentially beneficial therapy, particularly when seeking relief from swelling and fluid retention.