Lymphatic drainage massage (also known as manual lymphatic drainage) is a specialised form of massage that aims to reduce swelling from fluid retention or lymphedema.

The aim of the massage is to move stagnant fluid from a swollen area of the body into an area where it can drain more freely and where the lymphatic system is perhaps working more effectively.

To achieve this drainage the therapist has to first massage the area that the fluid is going to drain into. It may seem strange to have your abdomen massaged when it is your leg that is affected but it means that there is space for the lymphatic fluid to drain.

Lymphatic drainage massage is very gentle.  The therapist will never apply deep pressure as this can prevent drainage and even damage swollen lymph vessels.  The movements and techniques used are slow and rhythmic which encourages the lymph vessels to open up and allows the fluid to drain away.

Before your first treatment you will be asked a series of questions about your health to make sure that you are alright to proceed with the session.

After completing the consultation the therapist will leave you in the treatment room so that you can undress and get comfortable on the treatment couch.  There will be towels for you to use to cover yourself with.  During the massage the therapist will use the towels to cover your body and protect your modesty.

Benefits of lymphatic drainage massage

  • Lymphatic fluid plays an important function in the body’s immune system and lymphatic drainage massage can improve the flow of lymph and help to boost the immune system
  • Lymphoedema can cause pain and discomfort in the affected area and draining the excess fluid can help to relieve this
  • Lymphatic drainage massage can help to remove toxins from the affected area
  • There is a suggestion that lymphatic drainage massage can help in dispersing cellulite by increasing the flow of accumulated waste in the tissue affected.

Our Therapists

Our therapists are fully qualified, have professional indemnity insurance, are Police checked and members of a relevant professional body that requires them to undertake continuing professional development. They are extremely skilled in their therapies.

Tried it, loved it

Here’s what some of our clients have said……….

“I have had regular lymph drainage massage to help manage my lymphoedema. I find the massage really beneficial in controlling my condition and it is also great for relaxation. I highly recommend.”

Treatment Information


Book with Ali on Mon-Sat

50 minutes


Purchase Gift Voucher for Lymphatic Drainage Massage

The person you buy for will get a lovely Gift Voucher via 1st Class Royal Mail (or we can send it to you for you to hand over yourself).

Check your private health plan. You may be able to claim back some of the cost of your treatment.