Diba Hawa, Founder of Therapy by Dee, a DHA & CIBTAC certified Manual and Gua Sha Therapist talks to Emirates Woman about how lymphatic drainage can support your body to perform at an optimal level.

What do the first 30 minutes of your day look like?

As a therapist, my mornings start with a focus on setting a positive tone for the day. I begin with mindfulness or meditation to centre myself, followed by hydrating and nourishing my body with a glass of warm lemon water. Light stretching exercises or yoga help prepare me physically for my work. I then review my schedule and client notes to ensure personalised care. Prioritising self-care, I incorporate rituals like dry brushing and self-massage. By dedicating these first 30 minutes to myself, I am better prepared to provide optimal care and support to my clients during therapy sessions.

What is a lymphatic drainage massage used for?

Lymphatic drainage massage serves multiple purposes and provides a range of benefits. In summary: Lymphatic drainage massage supports detoxification by eliminating toxins and excess fluids from the body. It helps reduce oedema and swelling caused by conditions like lymphedema or post-surgery inflammation. By improving lymphatic flow, it enhances immune system function and the body’s ability to fight infections. The gentle strokes of this massage technique induce relaxation, reduce stress, and promote mental clarity. It aids in post-surgical recovery, accelerating healing and minimising scar tissue formation. Lymphatic drainage massage can be used to reduce cellulite and contour the body.
Individual results may vary, so it is advisable to consult with a qualified therapist or healthcare professional to determinethe suitability of lymphatic drainage massage
for specific needs and conditions.


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How effective is the process of lymphatic drainage?

It is effective in promoting lymphatic flow and providing various benefits such as reduced swelling, improved immune function, detoxification, relaxation, and overall wellbeing. They have shown positive results in conditions like lymphedema, post-surgical swelling, fibromyalgia, and sports-related injuries. However, individualoutcomes may vary depending on factorslike specific conditions, overall health, and the therapist’s expertise. Consulting with a qualified professional is recommended to determine suitability and expected results.

What technique do you use?

Lymphatic drainage massages are performed using gentle, rhythmic strokes and specific techniques to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid throughout the body. The therapist
applies pressure with their hands or specialised tools, following the pathways of the lymphatic system. Techniques such as pumping movements, circular motions, and stationary holds are used to encouragelymphatic flow and release blockages. The session is personalised based on the client’s needs, focusing on specific areas of swelling or concern. After the massage, clients are advised to hydrate well to support the body’s natural detoxification process.

Are there other ways to remove lymphatic fluid from my tissues?

There are several ways to remove lymphatic fluid from tissues in addition to lymphatic drainage massages. Staying hydrated helps flush out toxins and supports the body’s detoxification process. Regular physical activity promotes lymphatic flow and circulation. Deep diaphragmatic breathing exercises can create gentle pressure changes to stimulate lymphatic flow. Wearing compression garments applies gentle pressure to assist in moving lymphatic fluid. Eating a balanced diet supports overall health and lymphatic function.
Elevating affected areas and avoiding prolonged inactivity can aid in reducing swelling and promoting lymphatic flow. Dry brushing and avoiding tight clothing or shoes that restrict circulation.

What are the key benefits?

Lymphatic drainage massages can help reduce swelling, boost the immune system, decrease inflammation, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. Lymphatic drainage massage
can benefit conditions such as lymphedema, post-surgical swelling, oedema, inflammatory conditions, immune system support, fatigue, stress, cellulite, and body contouring. It is important to consult with a qualified professional for personalised guidance.

How often should we be doing this?

The frequency of lymphatic drainage massages is personalised and can vary depending onindividual needs and specific conditions. In general, it is recommended to start with
a series of sessions close together, such as two to three times per week, for a fewweeks. Afterwards, the frequency can be adjusted based on the individual’s response and progress. Some people may benefit from regular maintenance sessions every month or every few months, while others may require more frequent sessions. To prepare for a lymphatic drainage massage, hydrate adequately, avoid heavy meals, limit caffeine and alcohol intake, wear comfortable clothing, and communicateany medical conditions or concerns with your therapist.

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