3 benefits of lymphatic drainage

Carla Oates
Carla Oates

Jennifer Aniston does it. Gwyneth Paltrow swears by it. So what exactly is lymphatic drainage and its benefits? Like most wellness trends, lymphatic drainage is a technique that has been used for decades but more recently entered the mainstream alongside facial sculpting tools such as jade rollers and gua shas.  

But a chiselled jaw and snatched cheekbones aren’t the only thing you’re set to gain. Lymphatic drainage can work wonders for your body and overall wellness too. In fact, it’s these areas where the daily practice can really make a difference. 

What is lymphatic drainage? 

Lymphatic drainage is a gentle massage technique aimed to target the lymphatic system—a network of vessels, organs and tissue that lie beneath the skin. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system and helps to keep fluid levels in balance and defend the body against infection.  

The manual massage technique was originally developed as a treatment for swollen lymph nodes. Studies have since shown its effectiveness for reducing edema (swelling caused by too much fluid trapped in the body's tissues) and pain associated with sports injuries.  

3 key benefits of lymphatic drainage 

Sports injuries aside, there is mounting evidence to suggest that lighter, at-home lymphatic drainage massage techniques can provide everyday wellness benefits. This includes: 

Removing toxins & waste 

Lymphatic drainage massage increases blood flow throughout the body, which can help your lymphatic system work more effectively. Lymphatic drainage helps to carry waste products back into the bloodstream, ready for the liver and kidneys to remove or pass on via urine or bowel movements 

Firming & restoring elasticity to the skin 

Lymphatic drainage can help to encourage lipolysis (the breakdown of fats and other lipids), which is where its association with reducing cellulite and restoring skin elasticity stems from. While the jury on this is still out, regularly practicing the technique is likely to remove water retention, which can give the appearance of firmer skin. 

Better sleep  

Not only can lymphatic drainage be deeply relaxing but its ability to increase blood flow in the body has been shown to improve sleep quality 

Support for your natural cleansing process 

While lymphatic drainage can offer support from the outside, you can also help to keep your lymphatic system healthy through regular exercise, staying well hydrated and eating a nourishing, balanced diet. 

It’s important to note that your body has its own natural and ongoing cleansing process, which can be supported from the inside with DAILY SUPERGREENS. This delicious, apple-flavoured and fermented greens powder contains choline, which aids liver function and fat metabolism. With a supercharged blend of broccoli sprout, barley grass, spinach, kale, spirulina and milk thistle, plus a source of fibre to keep you regular, it’s an easy way to enliven your everyday.