Lymphatic drainage is a form of manual treatment performed on the body which aims to stimulate the interstitial fluid -including lymph – flow in the tissues.



The lymphatic system is a crucial part of our body’s immune system. It consists of a network of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, and lymphatic organs. Its main function is to help eliminate toxins, waste products, and other unwanted materials from our body, while also playing a role in fighting off infections and diseases. There are approximately 500-700 nodes in the human body.

The system works by circulating lymph, a clear fluid containing white blood cells, throughout the body. Lymph is collected from tissues and organs, flowing through lymphatic vessels, and eventually returning to the bloodstream. Along the way, lymph passes through small bean-shaped structures called lymph nodes, where harmful substances and infectious agents are filtered out, and immune responses are initiated if needed.

It also includes other organs like the spleen, thymus, tonsils, bone marrow and adenoids, which produce and store white blood cells important for immune function. 



Here’s an overview of how lymphatic drainage is typically performed:

Regardless of which area is the main target, every lymphatic drainage session starts with activating and opening up the access to the sub-clavical vein where the lymph returns into the blood flow. It is a crucial part as if the passage is blocked, the rest of the massage becomes less effective. This is being done by gentle forward brushing movement from the jaw/ear/shoulder towards the center of the neck, between the clavicles, below the collar bones.

Next, focusing on the lymph nodes in the armpit area. Using light pressure and circular motions, moving from the outer edge of the armpit towards the center.

The abdomen hosts the majority of the lymph nodes, many surrounding and supporting the organs, with a cluster in the groin area. 

Once these has been cleared, the limbs can be gradually stimulated, first focusing on the areas with most of the nodes – around the joins like elbows and knees. Carefully and gradually moving further away from the torso to achieve the best results. 

After performing lymphatic drainage, it’s important to drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins and waste materials that have been mobilized.



1. Exercises    

Engaging in regular physical activity helps stimulate lymph circulation. Activities like walking, running, yoga, or rebounding on a mini-trampoline can be beneficial.

2. Hydration  

Drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day helps keep the lymph fluid flowing smoothly and aids in the removal of waste materials.

3. Healthy diet    

Focus on consuming a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoiding processed foods and excessive sugar intake can also be beneficial for the lymphatic system.

4. Breathing techniques        

Taking deep breaths and practicing relaxation techniques like deep diaphragmatic breathing or yoga can help promote lymphatic flow.

5. Dry brushing  

Using a soft natural bristle brush, gently brush your skin in long, sweeping motions towards the heart. This can help stimulate lymphatic circulation and remove dead skin cells.

6. Massage    

Regularly massaging areas with lymph nodes, such as the neck, armpits, and groin, can help stimulate lymph flow. You can use gentle, circular motions or seek professional lymphatic drainage massage.

7. Avoid tight clothing

Wearing tight clothing, especially around areas with many lymph nodes, can restrict lymph flow. Opt for loose-fitting clothes that allow for proper circulation.

8. Stress management

Chronic stress can impair lymphatic function. Engaging in stress-reducing activities like meditation, mindfulness, or hobbies that bring you joy can positively impact your lymphatic system.