A DIY Lymphatic Drainage Massage to Promote a Healthy Immune System

If you love massages as much as I do, you are always up to trying new massage techniques. How about a lymphatic drainage massage this time around? A lymphatic drainage massage is a fantastic way to boost your immune system, improve your health, and reduce health issues. The best part is that you can DIY it by performing a lymphatic drainage self-massage.

In this article you will learn more about what is your lymphatic system, what is a lymphatic drainage massage, and how does a lymphatic drainage massage work. You will also learn how to practice DIY lymphatic drainage massage on yourself.

What Is Your Lymph System

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Your lymph nodes are an incredibly important part of your body and your immunity. This is why it is so important to drain them. Soon we will discuss what is a lymphatic drainage massage, but first, let’s learn more about your lymph.

Your lymphatic system has three major roles:

  • It helps to maintain fluid homeostasis by maintaining a fluid balance between your tissues and blood.
  • It helps your body’s immune system to fight off bacteria and pathogen.
  • It helps the absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients.

Your lymphatic system is a part of your immune system. It basically functions like the drains in your home. When something gets clogged up in your house, you have to look at your pipes, look for clogs, and solve the problem to ensure proper drainage and flow. 

Your lymphatic system works just like that. When things become congested and there isn’t a proper lymph flow, it may lead to health issues, including skin problems, fatigue, headaches, bloating, weakened immunity, and breast soreness. This is why cleaning your drains, or rather helping your lymphatic drainage is so important. One of the most powerful ways to achieve healthy lymph and a strong immune system is through lymphatic drainage massage. Let’s look at how does a lymphatic drainage massage work.

What Is a Lymphatic Drainage Massage 

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You may wonder what is a lymphatic drainage massage. Generally speaking, it is a massage that focuses on your lymphatic system and lymphatic drainage by using gentle, light, and rhythmic strokes. It is important to note that there is not standard lymphatic drainage massage and research hasn’t yet identified the best techniques and optimal frequency for best results. Two lymphatic drainage massage therapist might use different techniques or pressure, and you may read various tips for self-massage. 

The goal of a lymphatic drainage massage is to detoxify your body, support your immune system, and relieve pain. Research has shown that lymphatic drainage massage may lower post-exercise muscle tension. Though more research is needed to prove all these benefits, some research suggests that lymphatic drainage massage may benefit breast cancer treatment and migraines

People use lymphatic drainage massage for a variety of health issues, including migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome sports injuries, cellulite, arthritis, acne, and more. While more research is needed to fully understand the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage, it may worth a try to boost your immune system and overall health.

How Does a Lymphatic Drainage Massage Work?

A lymphatic drainage massage works by moving extra fluid from swollen areas that have been damaged by cancer treatment to areas that are not affected. The good news is that what a professional lymphatic drainage massage is not available you can perform a DIY lymphatic drainage self-massage.

How to Do a Lymphatic Drainage Self-Massage?

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The University Health Network suggests that when you are performing a lymphatic drainage massage on yourself, it is very important to keep your hands relaxed and soft. Apply only light pressure on your skin, just enough to stretch it without any pain. When you release the pressure, your skin should return to normal. If you can sense your muscles or feel pain, you are going to hard and need to back off.

It is best to use your palms instead of your fingertips. Always massage away from the affected areas. Make sure that you are comfortable, relaxed, and feel warm. Do not strain your neck, shoulders, arms or hands while doing lymphatic drainage massage. 

Start with Deep Breathing

Deep breathing may help your lymph nodes and vessels to move more fluids around your body. Relax your shoulders. Take a deep breath through your nose. If you are able, practice belly breathing experiencing your stomach pushing out as you breathe in. Putting your hands on your belly may help to make sure that your abdomen moves as you breathe in deep. Breathe out through your nose and repeat it 5 to 10 times.

Stretch and Prepare Your Neck

Stretching your neck and releasing the skin in the front may help to drain the fluid towards your heart. Please two fingers on one side of your neck and gently massage down stretching the skin. Repeat this 10 to 15 times each side.

Move onto Your Underarm

Your underarm is full of lymph nodes, you must prepare them before your lymphatic drainage massage. Using your palm against your armpit pull up and down 10 to 15 times each side.

Stretch Your Chest

Next, move your hand onto your collarbone to move more lymph around your body. Use half circles down your chest to stretch the skin towards your armpits. Repeat this 10 to 15 times each side. Once you’re done, massage from the front of your neck towards the collarbone and chest for more drainage. Repeat this 10 to 15 times each side.

Release Lymph at the Side and the Back of Your Neck

Massage both sides of your neck with your hand 10 to 15 times. Just make sure to focus on each side separately, not at the same time. Then move onto the back of your neck. Massage from the hairline down towards the lower areas down your spine. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Massage Your Scar

If you are performing a lymphatic drainage massage because you’ve had surgery, you may perform lymphatic drainage massage by the scar after the stitches and staples have been removed and the scar feels less sensitive. Use your palm and massage the area in a circular or zigzag pattern. You may use a bit of pressure and carefully lift the skin too for more lymph movement. Stretch the area above and below the scar as well. Do this 5 to 6 times. 

Move Onto Your Legs

Once you have performed lymphatic drainage massage on your legs, you are ready to move to your legs if necessary. Start with the upper part of your leg, then move to the inside and the back of your leg, then the lower areas. Use gentle pressure, and stretch the skin towards your hip using your hands. Repeat this 10 to 15 times.

Words of Warning

Always talk to your doctor before trying out a lympathic drainage massage on yourself. It’s very important that you make sure that it’s safe for your personal health and body.

If it causes pain, back off. If you experience pain even with a gentle massage, stop right away.

Watch out for signs of infections, such as swelling, redness, soreness, pain, chills, or fever. Do not perform lymphatic drainage massage if you have an infection. If you have an infection, seek medical care right away.

Other Ways to Help Your Lymphs

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There are other ways to help your lymph and boost your immune system besides lymphatic drainage massage. 


Rebounding is a powerful way to pump your lymph. It is simple and quick. You can by a small home trampoline you may use indoors to pump you lymph fluids and blood by rebounding for 10 to 30 minutes a day. It’s great exercise too.

Dry Skin Brushing

Dry skin brushing is a fantastic tool used in Ayurveda and Traditional Chiese Medicine. Use a dry brush with coarse bristle to brush your skin all over your body towards your heart, It’s the best to do this before your shower so you can wash away all the dead skin. Besides helping lymph drainage, it may help detoxication and may improve your skin.


Yoga is not only a great exercise and mindful activity but it may support lymph flow and detoxification. Handstands, shoulder stands, and headstands may be particularly beneficial, so are twisting motions. Make sure to practice first under the guidance of a certified yoga therapist.


Dehydration is a common cause for lymph congestion making rehydration and hydration essential. According to an Ayurvedic practice sipping on hot water every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the day for two weeks is a fantastic way to rehydrate your body and drain your congested lymph effectively.

Organifi Immunity

Organifi Immunity is one of the best hydrating, immune-boosting superfood blends out there. It is safe, natural, and organic. Thanks to all its superfoods, such as orange, ginger, aceola cherries, mushroom beta-glucans, turmeric, baobab fruits, acacia fiber, olive leaf extract, zinc, and monk fruit, it fights the cold and flu and boosts your immune system while supporting your lymph naturally. Mix one packet with a glass of water for your powerful daily immune-boost.


Now that you understand what a lymphatic drainage massage is, how does it work, and why it is so important for your immune system, I bet you are super excited to try it yourself. Following our tips on how to do a DIY lymphatic draining massage and protect your immune system, should help you to protect your lymphatic system and boost your immunity every day. Don’t forget to drink a glass of  Organifi Immunity daily to further support your immune system and keep your body strong.

Have you tried a DIY lymphatic draining massage? How will you protect your lymph and boost your immune system? Share your thoughts in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

And remember, we are in this together.

Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Health Writer & Freelance Writing Mentor at Kat Gal Writer / Freelance Writer School
Kat Gál is a holistic health writer who helps health, wellness, and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a freelance writing mentor teaching wanna-be-freelancers how to make a living writing at freelancewriterschool.com. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at katgalwriter@gmail.com or katgalwriter.com. Visit freelancewriterschool.com for freelance writing tips. Follow me on Instagram @freelancewriterschool and on Facebook at facebook.com/katgalwriter.
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