Lymphatic Massages are the New Juice Cleanse — Here’s Where You Can Get a Good One in Houston

Green juice was at one time the crowd-favorite way to hit the proverbial reset button. Now, lymphatic drainage body massages are celebrities' go-to for detox and body contouring. "Lymphatic drainage is a type of massage technique that stimulates the natural drainage of the lymph — fluid composed of white blood cells, proteins and fats — which helps to eliminate waste from the body," says Deidre Kirksey, licensed massage therapist at West University Wellness. "This massage helps to move this fluid out of the tissues and into the lymph nodes, where bacteria and viruses are destroyed." These lymph nodes are located in the axillary area, inguinal area, and the neck area.


Some of the biggest benefits garnered from a regular lymphatic drainage massage — weekly is recommended— according to experts, include a strengthened immune system, reduced cellulite and an improved mood.

If you're eager to give it a go after the holidays, these five spots in Houston exceptional service.

West University Wellness

At West U Wellness, Kirksey offers a lymphatic drainage massage using a milking technique that's great for post-surgical patients and scar healing. West U also offers other great wellness offering such as reiki energy work and dry needling. 5180 Buffalo Speedway, 713.490.2225

Milk + Honey

This beloved luxurious spot in town offers a myriad of specialty massages in addition to its full menu of standard Swedish and deep tissue options. Some of the specialty options include lymphatic drainage, reflexology and more. 2800 Kirby Drive, 713.231.0250

Carolina Pintos Therapy

This massage therapists' technique is to use deep gliding rhythmic strokes to increase metabolism, which then helps break down fatty tissue, reduce waist size and mold shape and curves.4801 Woodway Drive, Suite 300, 561.672.5081

Tattva Therapeutic Massage

Tattva, by Eslie Narvaez, offers a combination of services to melt down daily stress, including lymphatic drainage, reflexology and thermal-auricular therapy. 2121 San Felipe St., 832.334.9315

Innovative Healing Spa

This spot offers surgical lymphatic massage, which can help speed up healing after cosmetic surgeries, prevent formation of fibromas, and reduce pain and inflammation. 4543 Post Oak Place, Suite 123, 713.357.2001

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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Abbie Preston Edmonson gives a special presentation this weekend

DESPITE SOME APRIL showers, there's still plenty of fun to be had! From art-centric and Earth Day activities to family-friendly fests, check out a rundown of the weekend's best bets.

LEARN FROM AN ARTIST Tune in tonight for an hour-long talk by ceramicist and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft resident artist Abbie Preston Edmonson about her creative process. She'll give a virtual presentation about her work and a special demonstration in her studio space.

Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez (photo by Kimberly Park)

TAKE A VIRTUAL PAINTING LESSON OR COOKING CLASS Be inspired by the great state of Texas during a virtual painting lesson hosted by Honey Art Cafe on Friday night. For only $20, stream a two-hour virtual lesson and make a series of stylized mini paintings inspired by West Texas and Big Bend National Park. Honey Art Cafe also has supply kits available for purchase for beginners or artists low on supplies.

And if painting isn't quite your speed, see what you can cook up in the kitchen! Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez leads a "date night" cooking lesson for couples on Friday at 6:30pm. Hosted at the restaurant, the socially distanced demonstration, which costs $150, includes a reception, followed by an interactive demonstration and seated dinner.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! Join the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center from 10am-4pm on Saturday for a fun- and information-filled day! Explore informative booths, nature hikes, fun displays in the Discovery Room, and Earth-friendly take-home activities. Or join Discovery Green on Sunday from 12-5pm, when the park will screen a series of short films about Houston's environment, host a panel about February's freeze, and showcase a live painting demo by local artists working on murals to decorate the park.

GO ON AN OUT-OF-THIS WORLD ADVENTURE Fifty-one years ago, the Apollo 13 crew splashed down safely back on Earth after their famously harrowing mission to the moon and back. Space Center Houston is celebrating that anniversary on Saturday, hosting two livestreamed panel discussions with current NASA experts as well as Apollo-era legends.And now through May 2, local NASA and Apollo 13 fans can check out the center's new spring exhibition, titled "Apollo: When We Went to the Moon," that looks at the legacy of the Apollo era through the lens of the engineers and astronauts who actually lived the experience.

FIND FUN AT THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FEST Traders Village hosts Kids Fest on Sunday, with games, activities, interactive shows, live music, acrobats, magicians, clowns and more. Parking is $5, but the event itself is free, sure to keep the whole family entertained from 12-4pm.

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