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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