Balance Spa now has two therapists trained in lymphatic drainage massage. We’re excited to introduce you to this popular massage treatment!

Lymphatic Drainage

What is lymphatic drainage massage?

While a conventional massage therapy might focus on tight muscles deep below your skin, lymphatic drainage massage focuses on the lymphatic system, just below the surface. Your body’s lymphatic system carries waste (like dead cells, bacteria, and fluid) and helps it drain and leave the body.  

Have you ever felt swollen lymph nodes on the side of your neck (or even in your armpits) when you have a cold? That’s because the nodes are full of dead cells that your body is ready to flush out. It sounds a little gross, but it’s all part of your body’s remarkable ability to balance itself. When the system is overloaded, you might experience swelling and slow healing. It’s an ideal time to get a lymphatic drainage treatment.

During a lymphatic drainage massage, a specially-trained therapist uses light pressure to move the lymph fluid. This encourages it to drain appropriately. The therapist will figure out where the blockages and slowdowns are in your lymphatic system. Then, they’ll use light, circular motions to encourage the fluid to move through or around the blockage. This treatment is sort of like a plumber’s visit for lymph fluid — but gentle, and much more relaxing.

There are a few different types of lymphatic drainage treatments. Some therapists use their hands, but others use a tool to create a deeper release and work with the fascia. Those treatments are called lympho-fascial therapy. Balance Spa offers both manual and tool-assisted lymph therapies. Below, we’ll focus on the manual strategy.

What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage?

When your immune system is fighting off a disease or you trying to heal, this is a great therapy to try. For example, you might book a massage two weeks after surgery, including liposuction, to help reduce swelling and scarring. Because the therapists use light pressure, it won’t be too painful (but let them know before they start).

After an illness, it’s important to get lymph fluid moving through blockages.  It may help you feel less congested. This type of massage can also be a helpful complementary treatment for pain, especially if you have fibromyalgia. In fact, research has shown that a lymphatic drainage massage was more effective for fibromyalgia symptoms than other types of massage.

Some research has shown that the lymphatic system isn’t just near the surface of our skin — it actually continues deep within the brain. The brain uses the lymphatic system to dispose of waste, just like the rest of the body. Some neurological conditions, like Alzheimer’s Diesase, are related to poor waste removal. It’s possible that maintaining a healthy lymphatic system could help prevent neurological diseases, but more research is needed.

That said, this treatment isn’t right for everyone. This massage might not be for you if you prefer deep pressure, as most of the treatment uses light, precise movements. If you’ve had cancer treatment or had lymph nodes removed, you should talk to your healthcare provider before having a lymphatic drainage massage. This therapy relies on a typically-functioning lymph system, which can be altered when you’re missing lymph nodes.

Can I do lymphatic drainage at home?

Lymphatic Flow Body Map

Dry brushing direction flow.

There are some aspects of lymphatic drainage that you can do on your own, but you’ll miss out on many of the benefits compared to a professional

treatment. That’s because a full body treatment is more effective than small areas that you can cover at home.

In addition, trained practitioners are much better able to identify how the lymph system is moving. They use a strategy called lymph system mapping, which allows them to find and correct blockages.

If you’d like to try some lymphatic drainage techniques, start by clearing fluid buildup near your collarbone and upper arms. Make sure you use gentle pressure and massage both sides of your body. You can also try dry brushing, which provides similar benefits and is very easy to do at home.


Before booking your session here are some things you will need to know:

  • If you had complications after your surgery you will need a release from you doctor before you are seen. Complications include laser/lypo burns, negligent post operation care, incision failure, blood transfusion(s), necrosis, hematoma or any condition that you may have that is a liability concern.
  • You cannot be running a fever, have an infection, and/or
  • You cannot be actively diagnosed with blot clots (phlebitis).  A release is required from your doctor even after treatment of this condition.
  • You cannot be heavily medicated or under the influence of drugs.  The therapist will need to have you coherent during the entire session.
  • Your drains/tubes must be removed. You cannot be bleeding or oozing fluids from incisions.
  • Incisions that are not yet healed must be covered with a gauge or band aid.
  • Due to liability and health concerns the massage therapist cannot push lymph or fluids out of liposuction drainage tubes or incisions. It is not only unsanitary but can lead to infection and blood clotting in some individuals. This places the therapist at risk for possible cross contamination or disease.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) clients may need to wait 7-14 calendar days after procedure to have a lymphatic drainage therapy. BBL clients need additional time to heal and cannot lie on back their back for extended periods of time. Side lying position will be used to work on back, gluts and leg area. You will need to bring a doughnut pillow to your session just in case.
  • Speak with your doctor to find out if manual lymphatic drainage would be beneficial for your type of surgery.
  • Failure to disclose medical information regarding your surgery will result in termination of future services.

There are some aspects of lymphatic drainage that you can do on your own, but you’ll miss out on many of the benefits compared to a professional treatment. That’s because a full body treatment is more effective than small areas that you can cover at home.

Book a lymphatic therapy in Boca Raton

If you would like to book a lymphatic drainage massage treatment, you can call Balance Spa at 561-208-8111 or use our digital booking service. We hope to see you soon at our relaxing spa!