Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Made me a LOSER (on the scale)!

While lymphatic massage does not
 produce permanent weight loss
 on its own,  it may aid in removing excess
body weight.
I once met a petite little lady around the age of 40 that attributed her impeccable size 2 figure to lymphatic drainage massages.  She said that for years she was a stubborn size 10 before she began seeing a Hungarian massage therapist in a Scottsdale spa for "European style" lymphatic massages two times a week. She claimed that this technique worked wonders for her body and helped jump start the release of toxins and "stuck" excess fluid from her body. Though I was fascinated by her testimonial, I found it highly unlikely that anyone could lose 4 dress sizes from being massaged! Yet, the story never left my mind after all these years.  So after putting on 6 pounds this summer, and not having any success with my personal training sessions, I decided to try a few Lymphatic Drainage massage appointments.  After all, this did seem to be easier than squats.

I booked an appointment with a nearby spa where only two of the masseuses are trained in this teqnique.  I was already feeling excited when I learned these two therapists are booked for weeks performing Lymphatic Drainage Massages - this could only mean they work right? My therapist was from China and talked to me a lot about Chinese medicine and theory behind the benefits of this technique.  Though she did not assure me I was going to be a size 2, she felt confident that I would see positive benefits from a 90 minute treatment.

About 24 hours after my massage I felt the best. My energy has been dramatically improved, my sleep was deeper and I lost ONE POUND!  Now I am not sure if that was just water weight, but I really don't care. My scale didn't manage to go down once in 3 months, so I feel this is a great success.  I am commited to going back once per week, for 90 minutes to see what happens.  I am also keeping my cardio workouts and a decent diet plan.

If your spa does not have any therapists specializing in Lymphatic Drainage Massage, it's time to start.  This is a FANTASTIC massage service to offer clients, and I feel the positive benefits are more vastly more noticeable than a regular Sweedish or Hot Stone Massage. offers a Lymphatic Drainage Massage DVD by Sean Riehl This beautiful 90 minute video will guide you through the anatomy of the lymphatic system, the location of nodes and drainage patterns, as well as contraindications and indications for lymphatic drainage massage. Then Sean Riehl leads you step by step through over 60 techniques covering the face and body. With a clear presentation and hundreds of computer graphics, learning Lymphatic Drainage has never been easier. Also included are techniques to perform Lymphatic Drainage on yourself, as well as an interview with Allen Mills, a prominent Lymphatic Drainage therapist.

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