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