Posted on: January 23, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

Lately, both my TikTok FYP and Instagram Explore pages have been inundated with a certain wellness trend: lymphatic drainage massages. A lymphatic drainage treatment is not your average massage, however. These typically involve masseuses yielding wooden sculpting tools and performing vigorous massage movements with their hands, with the intention of de-puffing, sculpting and boosting the body’s lymphatic system, which comes with its own set of benefits. And they showcase some very impressive before and after results.

Hailey Bieber, Jennifer Aniston and Kendall Jenner are all reported to love lymphatic drainage treatments, so naturally, I wanted in. To find out what all the fuss is about, I visited lymphatic drainage expert Dimple Amanito experience her lymphatic drainage massage and find out if they are really worth it. I’ve already visited her before to try her buccal facial and was seriously impressed, so I couldn’t wait to see what her full lymphatic drainage massages could do. Scroll ahead for my review.

Before and after results from Dimple Amani’s lymphatic drainage massage.

“The lymphatic system is a network of delicate thin vessels throughout the body and face,” Amani tells me. “It drains fluid which sits below the skin called the lymph that has leaked from the blood vessels into the tissues, and empties it back into the bloodstream,” she says. It short, it supports the body’s immunity and detoxification process. And lymphatic drainage massage can support this, along with having a de-puffing effect on water retention, helping to achieve a sculpted look.

“Lymphatic draining massage [also know as manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)] is performed manually with gentle yet firm techniques, almost pushing the fluids into lymph nodes to help reduce water retention and flush toxins, providing stimulation of the lymph vessels under the skin to move and filter the lymphatic system,” she says. “It encourages the [lymphatic system] to work harder and find new pathways to drain away the lymph, the fluid full of toxins, away from the swollen areas.”

Benefits of lymphatic drainage massage:

– Reduces water retention

– Boosts immune system

– Helps with bloating

– Leaves the body looking defined

– Improves fatigue

– Relaxes the body

– Improves skin texture

Amani tells me that her lymphatic drainage massages are very popular with her celebrity clients, who often book in ahead of photoshoots and events to look and feel their best. Apart from leaving her clientele looking visibly sculpted and defined, lymphatic drainage massage comes with a tonne of health and wellbeing benefits too.

“Overall benefits of lymphatic drainage are countless as it makes you feel lighter, it reduces water retention and de-bloats, boosts immunity, improves health and relaxes you mentally, while improving skin texture and reducing fatigue,” says Amani. She also tells me that it helps enhance the results you see from the gym, as it helps to de-puff the entire body from head to toe. “It’s like a lazy workout,” she says.

What’s more, the results are easy to maintain at home too.With such a long list of benefits, I was keen to try it out for myself, so I made my way to Dimple Amani’s treatment room at Define London to try it.

Dimple Amani uses a wooden body tool to help stimulate the lymphatic system.

Stepping into Amani’s treatment room back in December, I was experiencing some PMS bloating and generally felt rather sluggish during the festive season and my immune system was in need of a helping hand. So it was an optimum time to put this treatment to the test.

Once I had hopped onto the treatment bed, Amani warmed her Lymph Body Drain and Navel Oil before applying onto my skin. She began the massage at my ankles, using upward sweeping motions towards the heart. This is the general rule of thumb wherever you are massaging, as we have lymph nodes in our groin, armpits and around our neck.

She then used her wooden Lymph Body Tool—a bevelled wooden tool—to further drain the lymph in my legs, working from the ankles up. The treatment is in no way painful, but you can feel your circulation kicking in with the vigorous movements of the massage.

She treated my right leg first so I could compare with the left, and I was amazed at how different they felt. My legs often feel heavy and puffy when I’ve been on my feet all day, but it was completely alleviated from the massage. My leg felt lighter, tingling with circulation and it even left my calves and thighs looking more toned and defined too.

Before and after my lymphatic drainage massage with Dimple Amani.

Next, Amani moved onto my stomach and used firm yet gentle massage movements around the area, this time working towards the lymph nodes in the groin. My stomach did rumble a bit here, which Amani tells me is to be expected when treating this area.

“Lymphatic drainage benefits the full body all over as it drains all the toxins out from our body and in particularly when you have a focused abs treatment,” she says. “I use Ayurveda elements such as navel oil [which is applied in the belly button and massaged all over the stomach area] which helps melt any congestion in the intestine to clear and flush away toxins from stomach, completely de-bloating, releasing trapped air bubbles which in turn helps with digestion, inflammation and constipation,” says Amani.

I saw the visible results on my torso from the lymphatic drainage massage, and was amazed that my bloating had subsided, leaving my stomach looking flatter too. After treating my torso, she then moved onto my arms, using massage movements working up towards my armpits to complete the treatment.

It’s safe to say that by the time I’d finished the treatment, I felt like I was walking on air. A massage always leaves you feeling great, of course, but this felt on another level. I felt lighter, less puffy and my bloating had practically disappeared. I could feel my blood circulation pumping and I had an overall sense of wellbeing and relaxation. As I zipped up my knee-length boots, I noticed my calves felt more slender and I could see in my body that I looked more toned. Needless to say, I slept like a baby that night, and continued to reap the benefits days afterwards too.

Amani tells me that you could have a lymphatic drainage massage weekly. If money were no object I’d be booking in on the regular, but thankfully its easy to maintain the results at home after a massage, and you’ll typically see the ebenfits for up to a week aftweards. Keen to keep up the effects at home, I asked Amani for her tips to maintain the results at home.

Dimple Amani encouraged me to drink herbal tea after my treatment to further aid the detoxification process.

As the massage helps to flush out toxins, she told me I might find myself going to the loo more post-treatment, and to drink plenty of water to support the lymphatic drainage process. She hands me a cup of her Miracle Tea, a cocktail of Ayurvedic herbs that helps to de-bloat, support hormones, reduce stress and soothe the mind.

“Post-massage, you should drink lots of fluids, such as herbal teas with ginger and calendula and add high water content foods like cucumber and lettuce into your diet,” says Amani. To maintains the results of the lymphatic drainage she advises exercising regularly (which also helps to pump the lymph around the body) and to use a massage oil daily. Scroll ahead for her guide to doing lymphatic drainage massage at home.

First up, you’ll want to apply a body oil all over to help your hands or body tool glide over the skin. You can use any oil you have already, or look for ones that have further de-puffing ingredients like punarnava that helps to support the lymphatic system.

You can use your hands for this, however you may find you it easier to use a body tool at home to better reach each area and achieve even pressure. While I’m a big fan of body brushing, Amani tells me that the bristles are actually too superficial to make an effect on the lymphatic system, so you’re better off using your hand or a tool for a little more pressure. Just remember to move slowly and gently.

“Massage upwards towards the lymph nodes which are located in your underarms, groin, behind the knees and ears to help drain the lymph,” she says. She recommends starting at the ankles, moving towards the knees, and then going from the knees up to the groin, apply a gentle pressure as you sweep upwards. Repeat 6-10 times.

Then, move to the arms, sweeping upwards from the elbows to the armpits, repeating each stroke 6-10 times. Lastly, you can move to the sides of the waist, moving it from the sides of the hips towards the armpits, repeating 6-10 times.

To support your lymphatic system afterwards, you’ll want to drink plenty of water, drink herbal teas and eat plenty of water-rich vegetables and fruit to maintain the results. Think cucumbers, lettuce, melon and tomatoes.

There are little side effects to lymphatic drainage massage, however, there are a couple of health conditions that mean lymphatic drainage is best avoided. “MLD is contraindicated in the presence of cellulitis, radiation dermatitis, venous thrombosis, and directly over cancerous tissue,” says Amani. “MLD is not believed to cause metastases in cases of lymphedema appearing after cancer therapy or in the case of malignant lymphedema.” If you have any concerns, seek medical advice before booking in for a lymphatic drainage massage.

If you’re doing a lymphatic drainage massage at home, remember to go gently, making sweeping movements towards the heart to enjoy all the benefits that this treatment has to give.

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