Written by Vera Coetsee, Health and Nutrition Coach

31 July 2023

Lymphatic massage, also known as lymphatic drainage massage, is a therapeutic technique that focuses on stimulating the lymphatic system to promote detoxification and enhance the body’s immune system. This gentle and non-invasive form of massage targets the lymph nodes, which are responsible for filtering and removing waste products, toxins, and excess fluids from the body. By applying light pressure and rhythmic movements, lymphatic massage helps to improve lymphatic flow, reduce swelling and inflammation, and support overall health and well-being. 

Lymphatic Massage & Hormones

Lymphatic massage can help reduce hormone bloating by improving circulation and lymphatic drainage in the body. The lymphatic system interacts with oestrogen and progesterone, and can help with progesterone circulation. It, therefore, may be helpful in supporting fertility, PMS, and perimenopause which can lead to us having a hormone bloat.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Stimulates lymphatic system: Lymphatic massage involves gentle, rhythmic movements that stimulate the lymphatic system. This helps to increase the flow of lymph fluid, which carries waste products and toxins away from the tissues. 
  2. Reduces fluid retention: Hormonal fluctuations can lead to fluid retention, causing bloating. Lymphatic massage helps to eliminate excess fluid from the body, reducing bloating and swelling.
  3. Detoxifies the body: Lymphatic massage promotes detoxification by enhancing the removal of waste products and toxins from the body. This can help balance hormone levels and reduce bloating caused by hormonal imbalances.
  4. Relieves congestion: Hormonal fluctuations can cause congestion in the lymphatic system, leading to bloating. Lymphatic massage can help to relieve this congestion, allowing for improved lymph flow and reduced bloating.
  5. Promotes relaxation: Stress can worsen hormone imbalances and bloating. Lymphatic massage promotes relaxation and reduces stress, which can help balance hormones and reduce bloating.

Other Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage offers numerous benefits and is increasingly recognised as a valuable tool in promoting optimal health and relaxation.

  1. Hormone balancing: Lymphatic massage can help to balance hormones by promoting the removal of excess hormones from the body. Hormonal imbalances can occur due to factors such as a sluggish lymphatic system, which may lead to hormonal build-up or stagnation. By stimulating lymphatic flow, massage can aid in the elimination of excess hormones, helping to restore balance.
  2. Detoxification: Lymphatic massage helps to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid in the body, aiding in the removal of toxins and waste products. This can improve overall detoxification and support a healthy immune system.
  3. Boosts the immune system: By improving lymphatic circulation, this massage technique can enhance the functioning of the immune system. It can help increase the production and circulation of lymphocytes, which are white blood cells responsible for fighting off infections and diseases.
  4. Reduces swelling and edema: Lymphatic massage is particularly effective in reducing swelling and edema caused by conditions like post-surgery swelling. It helps to move excess fluid away from the affected areas, promoting faster healing and reducing discomfort.
  5. Alleviates pain and inflammation: This type of massage can help reduce pain and inflammation in the body. By releasing trapped fluids and reducing tissue congestion, it can provide relief from conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and sports injuries.
  6. Improves skin health: Lymphatic massage can enhance the appearance and health of the skin. It can promote better circulation, leading to improved skin tone, reduced cellulite, and a healthier complexion.
  7. Supports relaxation and stress relief: The gentle and rhythmic nature of lymphatic massage can induce a state of deep relaxation. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, promote better sleep, and improve overall mental well-being.


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