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Lymphatic Drainage Massage Tips


 Lymphatic Drainage Massage Tips for Pre-/and Post Treatment Session:

(Here are some Lymphatic Drainage Massage Questions Answered and LDM Tips you need to know to create a successful manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment session more effective and enjoyable.)

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Treatment TIPS: 

  • If you are working with another medical professional verify with them when you should start receiving LDM treatments for optimum results (guided detox, surgery, illness). You may choose to increase certain nutrients (antioxidants such as Vitamin C to bind toxins) or temporarily add supportive herbs to support the liver and kidneys detoxification processes prior to and after your lymphatic drainage massage treatment sessions. For more recommendations on diet, check out some links we provided for post-op do's and dont's after surgery or injury. (

  • Please note that Lymphatic Drainage Therapy will metabolize certain drugs out of your system more quickly along with most types of toxins..... thus, if you are on pain medication or fresh off a surgical procedure, you may need to adjust your medications. Please discuss this with your Surgeon/GP/Medical Professionals prior to your 1st LDM treatment session.

  • Please make sure you are fully hydrated prior to your mobile LDM appointment. Dehydration will severely impair your ability to detoxify & rebuild, and may possibly make you feel more sick/nauseous/lethargic after treatment.

  • Expect to undress to your level of comfort but know that direct contact with the skin is always best. Tight clothing and under wire bras will make it difficult to get lymph moving, so these will need to be removed prior to each treatment session. If you are wearing a Faja and need assistance removing the compression garment, our therapist(s) will be able to assist with helping you in and out of the Faja for an additional fee. (*Ask for pricing options through call or text to our office manager @ (951)-514-7175.)

  • Please be advised to have an empty stomach or eat a light snack prior to your session. Lymphatic Drainage treatments will be performed in the deep abdomen and organs.

  • DO NOT apply lotion to your skin prior to treatment. Dry skin contact is more effective for stimulating the stretch response needed by your lymph vessels.

  • DO NOT drink alcohol or consume recreational drugs the night before or immediately after your session. Your liver will be responsible for detoxifying much of what the lymphatic system collects, SO PLEASE don't overwhelm it prior or post session, or you may feel immediately sick/nauseous/lethargic afterwards.

  • PLEASE plan and allow for a period of MOVEMENT immediately after your session. Your lymph collects toxins and places them into the blood stream for removal. 10 to 15 minutes of gentle movement and breathing is recommended such as a short walk before getting into your car after the session, walking around your house, light cleaning/pickup around the house, or a gentle yoga class at home, nothing too intense, this is one of the most critical massage tips to follow.

  • Plan and allow for a period of REST after treatment and movement if needed. Your body's resources and nutrients will go toward "Cleaning Up Shop" and this may include an immune response to cleanse any bacteria or foreign cells that don't belong. Rest will allow the body to regenerate and heal.

  • If you are already sick, fighting an illness, or recovering from illness, consider shortening your session or contact your therapist to identify the best time to receive lymph work. The first acute 24-48 hours of illness is NOT the appropriate time to receive lymph massage. Be prepared for your immune system's increased response listed above!  This may include a temporary increase in mucous, coughing, or nasal drip and nose blowing!

  • Use the restroom prior to getting on the table. No one likes to "hold it in" or run to the restroom in the middle of a relaxing Lymphatic Drainage treatment session!

  • If you don't need to urinate immediately after your session you are likely dehydrated. PLEASE consider drinking more clear filtered water prior to your next visit!

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