Lymphatic Drainage or Modeling Massage: what is the best technique for you?

March 10, 2020

Lymphatic Drainage or Modeling Massage: what is the best technique for you?


Many people still confuse Lymphatic Drainage with Modeling Massage, but the two techniques have indications and, consequently, different results.  In this post we will explain the differences and clarify doubts, so that you choose the best option for your body.

Both Lymphatic Drainage and Modeling Massage are body massage techniques, which can go far beyond aesthetic benefits, providing relaxation and a feeling of well-being, being favorable for body and mind.  In general, both work by unblocking nodes and improving blood circulation, which is perfect for those who want to enhance the results of a balanced diet and exercise, in the quest for weight loss and reduction of measures.  However, the indication and results provided by Lymphatic Drainage and Modeling Massage are different.  Know each one of them:

Lymphatic drainage

As its name suggests, Lymphatic Drainage acts on the body's Lymphatic System, which is responsible for transporting excess fluid from tissues, absorbing fatty acids, transporting fat to the circulatory system and producing immune cells.  Lymphatic Drainage aims to accelerate circulation, drain fluids and waste from metabolism, helping the body to naturally eliminate toxins, improve the immune system and the body's anti-inflammatory action.

The result of lymphatic drainage is a reduction in swelling (caused by fluid retention, thyroid problems or the menstrual cycle), a decrease in cellulite, an improvement in the appearance of the skin and muscle relaxation.

The technique is performed with light, slow, continuous movements in a single direction, usually in the areas of the ganglia, such as the groin, neck and armpits, for example.  When done correctly, lymphatic drainage does not cause pain, injury or bruising.


Indications: prevention and treatment of cellulite and edema, fluid retention problems, assist in the burning of body fat, treatment of varicose veins and tired legs, relief of symptoms before and after plastic surgery, improve symptoms caused by bad  functioning of the lymphatic system, muscle relaxation.
Contraindications: people with cancer, acute infections, thrombosis and heart failure.
Frequency: 1 to 3 times a week.


Modeling Massage

The action of the Modeling Massage is on the soft tissues of the body, having as main objective to shape the curves and help in the reduction of fat and measures.  For this, the technique is performed manually, with quick, firm and deep movements, in order to reach the less superficial layers of the skin and, thus, cause the emptying of fat cells.

The Modeling Massage provides the reduction of light and moderate cellulite, as well as decreases measures and swelling.  This causes the body to present more defined curves, especially for those people who associate the treatment with a regulated diet and regular physical exercises.  In addition, Modeling Massage also activates local metabolism and stimulates neuromuscular responses.

The technique is commonly performed in areas that have greater fat retention, such as breeches, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips and arms.  Modeling massage does not usually cause pain or leave bruises, when done correctly.

Indications: treatment of cellulite and localized fat, muscle relaxation, blood circulation problems.
Contraindications: heart disease, hypertension and people with inflammation.
Frequency: 1 to 3 times a week.
The two techniques are complementary: while the Lymphatic Drainage will work by reducing edema and stimulating the lymphatic system, the Modeling Massage activates the blood circulation, decreases cellulite and shapes the body.

To make the results even better, take care of your diet - especially with regard to fat and sodium intake - and exercise regularly.

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