When do you need lymphatic drainage?

You feel tired, stressed. You have heavy legs. You are pregnant. You are overweight. You are in a period of hormonal transition related to menopause.

Lymphatic drainage acts effectively against water retention, stress and venous return.

It is recommended to pregnant women who often have heavy legs because of the pressure exerted by the baby, their hormonal system and sitting at work.

Moreover, after a lymphatic drainage session, we often notice sleep improvement and a positive action on digestion and stress. Indeed, the drainage mimics the movements induced by the parasympatic system responsible for our internal functioning.

In case of swelling or rapid weight gain, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.

Lymphatic drainage at la Clinique Naturelle with Caroline Matthey (ASCA and RME), Fabienne Baudraz (ASCA) and Enzo Di Bisceglie (ASCA and RME).

What is lymphatic drainage?

Lymphatic drainage is a gentle manual technique that respects the rhythm, direction and pressure of the lymphatic system. It stimulates the lymphatic system and therefore has positive effects on heavy legs and the evacuation, recovery and cleansing systems of the body (venous, digestive, skin, urinary and sleep). It helps to detoxify the body, while strengthening the immune system.

Manual lymphatic drainage is performed with the fingers and the palms of the hands on the whole body by varying the pressure.

drainage lymphatique

What does it feel like after a drainage?

Lymphatic drainage provides a feeling of well-being and lightness because the lymph has been drained towards the veins, the heart, and finally the urine. Indeed, the lymphatic circulation has been stimulated and the toxins are evacuated.

At the end of the drainage session, you may feel tired for a few minutes. This effect dissipates very quickly (our body being more sensitive to stress than to relaxation).

How to optimize the effects of drainage?

To facilitate the lymphatic drainage of our body, we accompany it with a good hydration and a balanced diet, but also with the practice of a regular physical activity such as brisk walking, swimming or any fitness activity in water. Thus, the intercellular cleansing is done properly.

What is lymph and what does it do?

Lymph is a colorless liquid that circulates through the lymphatic vessels due to the pulsating contractions of muscles and blood vessels. As a waste disposal system, it drains excess fluid, toxins and cellular debris.

Nodes located along the lymphatic vessels, especially in the groin folds, under the armpits and on each side of the neck, help filter the lymph and remove the toxins and debris it carries.

When lymph circulation is deficient, the body can become weakened and intoxicated, which can lead to various health problems: swelling of the limbs, premature aging, cellulite, heavy legs, stretch marks, etc.

Therapeutic effects of lymphatic drainage

  • Regenerating effect, analgesic and relaxing action
  • Calming action on the neuro-vegetative system (parasympatic)
  • Improves the body’s defenses by promoting lymphatic flow
  • Relieves pain, congestion, inflammation and ulcers
  • Calms intestinal spasms and helps evacuation
  • In case of operation, lipo aspiration, it allows the body to evacuate the bruises and oedemas and accelerates the healing
  • Relieves heavy legs

Aesthetic effects of lymphatic drainage

  • Favors the elimination of cellulite and fatty deposits
  • Helps against overweight
  • Refines the legs and the stomach
  • Activates the circulation in the face and gives a “healthy glow” effect during facial draining
  • Fights against acne
  • Helps to fight against couperose and puffy face
  • Helps in the healing process

Lymphatic drainage for lipoedema?

In the case of lipoedema, appropriate drainage and compression can help improve your condition. Our therapists can advise you.

Do you suffer from lipoedema, or do you think you might? Our therapists can refer you to a specialist.

This link can also give you some pointers, but must be followed by a diagnosis by a doctor:

To find out more, visit our lipoedema page.

What are the contraindications to lymphatic drainage?

Please report any health problems, especially hypertension, heart or kidney failure or thrombosis, which may contraindicate drainage. We cannot perform drainage on a person with a fever.

Please inform us if you have implants or are pregnant: drainage is always possible, but only in the area of the implant and from the 3rd month of pregnancy.

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One session
150 CHF

1 session lasts 1h00

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700 CHF

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