Simple Lymphatic Drainage massage is a simple form of self-massage that can be done at home, ideally at least once a day.
The aim is to clear a drainage route for lymphatic fluid to drain away from a swollen area. This is a slow, very gentle massage performed without oil or cream.
- Rest your hands on your abdomen so that you can feel the bottom of your ribs, fingers touching. Breathe in slowly and deeply. You will feel your hands move apart as your abdomen expands
- Take 5 slow deep breaths
- Place hands flat against your neck, little fingers just below your ears. Stretch the skin downwards gently, then release the stretch. Repeat 5 times
- Repeat 5 skin stretches in a lower position on your neck
- Cross your arms and find the hollow behind each collar bone. With flat fingers, press gently down. Repeat 5 times
- Repeat these three steps twice more
You are now ready to start work on your body. The right armpit will provide the exit route for fluid from your swollen leg.
- Place your hand under your right armpit. Massage gently upwards into the armpit, counting slowly to 3 then rest for a count of 3. Repeat 10 times
- Position 1: place the flat of your hand onto your chest below your right armpit. Stretch the skin gently upwards then release the pressure, allowing the skin to move back itself. Repeat 5 times
- Position 2: place your hand lower and stretch skin upwards 5 times
- Position 3: Place your hand at waist level and repeat skin stretches here 10 times
- Positions 4 and 5: do 5 skin stretches at each position
- If both legs are affected repeat body massage on the left side
- Finish with 5 slow deep breaths