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Even in the best of times, most of us are always on the lookout for new effective ways to reduce our stress and increase our sense of wellbeing. And these are not the best of times! So we’ve been in search of new ways to take care of ourselves – mind, body and spirit – and we recently learned of a new technique. Lymphatic drainage therapeutic massage. What is it, how do you do it, does lymphatic drainage help with weight loss? Does lymphatic drainage really work? We know, we had all those questions, too. So we turned to Sarah Stabe, a licensed massage therapist at the luxury spa at L’Auberge de Sedona in Arizona, to give us the details. Here’s why lymphatic drainage massage delivers real benefits  and actually is effective at reducing stress. It’s a simple technique that can help boost our bodies – and restore our glow! 

is it time for a therapeutic lymphatic drainage treatment?

Going with the flow these days may seem like our only option during times of stress and uncertainty — but don’t let the heaviness of it all weigh down your mind and body. 

Expert insights on stress reducing lymphatic drainage therapeutic massage

Expert insights on the stress reducing benefits of lymphatic drainage therapeutic massage.

A little movement goes a long way, particularly when it comes to massage and ridding the body of toxins we carry that can often translate to physical swelling and puffiness. So as a supplement to exercise, lymphatic draining massage treatments could be an option to add to your wellness routine (though if you have any medical conditions, consult a doctor first).


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Lymphatic drainage treatment is a massage that is performed to help boost the circulation of lymph fluid throughout the body. Studies have shown that the treatment may be more effective than traditional connective tissue massage in alleviating symptoms like stiffness, swelling, fatigue and other ailments.

Is lymphatic drainage massage effective at reducing stress?

Does lymphatic drainage massage really work at reducing stress?

an expert shares the details on lymphatic drainage massage

Dandelion Chandelier spoke with Sarah Stabe, a licensed massage therapist at the luxury spa at L’Auberge de Sedona in Arizona to break down everything you need to know about this therapeutic treatment.

Dandelion Chandelier: What is a lymphatic drainage massage? 
Sarah Stabe:

It is a very light pressure massage going in the direction of the lymphatic system to help boost the immune system, decrease puffiness and swelling. 

DC: How is lymphatic drainage different from a regular massage? 

The lymphatic system is very superficial so it does not require a lot of pressure. In fact, imagine Saran Wrap on a countertop (with water in between) and then using your hand with just enough pressure to move only the wrap. That is how much pressure you should use. If you use too much pressure you will be going into different layers of the body’s tissues. 


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DC: How do you know if you need a lymphatic drainage massage? 

If you are experiencing congestion in your sinuses, cellulite, allergies, any edema or swelling, or puffiness in the face. Please note, however, that if you are experiencing intense swelling or edema then you should consult your doctor. 

DC: How does lymphatic drainage therapeutic massage work? 

We are eliminating the waste and toxins in our tissues by carrying the lymph — the fluid that flows through the lymphatic system — to the lymph nodes. Which then dump into the thoracic duct (at the base of the neck). Which then redistributes the filtered lymph back into the bloodstream, where the whole process begins again. 

DC: What are the health benefits of lymphatic drainage? 

The technique helps to eliminate toxins from the body and boost the immune system. Lymph carries white blood cells, which help fight off infection and cancer. 

DC: Can you lose weight from this type of massage? 

It can help to eliminate stagnancy and swelling in the body, which can help in weight loss. 

Does lymphatic drainage massage really work?

DC: How does it get rid of bloating or water weight? 

Bloating and water weight often come from a blockage somewhere in the body. Whether it’s from food, an injury or being stagnant for a long period of time, like sitting at a desk all day. When we illuminate those blockages it enables the body to dispose of what it no longer needs and to be redistributed properly. 

DC: How long will the slimming effect last?

That depends on your diet and amount of movement. 


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DC: How often should we get lymphatic drainage messages? 

It depends on the reason for doing it. If you are just experiencing some puffiness in the face or congestion then maybe a couple times a week. But if you are having swelling or edema in your body then I would consult your doctor.

Expert insights on lymphatic drainage therapeutic massage and weight loss

Expert insights on lymphatic drainage therapeutic massage and weight loss.

DC: What can we do on our own at home to improve our lymphatic system? 

Exercise is the number one thing that will help your lymphatic system. Get that body moving in whatever way you love dance, yoga, take a walk, bike, or if you’re feeling too tired just putting your legs up the wall or taking long deep breaths can work wonders. Eating a low inflammatory diet will also help. The worst thing for our bodies is to be stagnant. 

DC: Thanks, Sarah! You’ve really inspired us.

what to know about lymphatic drainage massage

Those are some of the things we all need to know about lymphatic drainage therapeutic massage, and its impact on fostering weight loss and reducing stress. What do you think, dear reader? Are you in on this?

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Jeanette Settembre is a New York City features writer and editor specializing in lifestyle, food, and travel. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine and Architectural Digest, among many other publications. Jeanette started her career in journalism as a features reporter for the New York Daily News, where she edited Entertainment and wrote the Sunday food column “Eats Beat.”