Choose Between Two Options
- $29 for one 60-minute aromatherapy full-body treatment with light massage, plus full lymphatic drainage ($80 value)
- $55 for two of the above treatments ($160 value)
Lymphatic Drainage: Little Pressure, Big Results
Lymph-drainage can help rid the body of toxins and excess fluids. Find out how lymph blockages get unstuck with Groupon’s guide to this modality.
Sometimes a healing touch is the lightest touch of all. During a lymphatic drainage massage, the practitioner—usually a licensed massage therapist—performs a rhythmic, circular motion on specific points of a client’s body. The pressure involved is extremely gentle: for especially delicate tissues, it might be as little as the weight of a dime or the tiny shrunken head of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Though mild, this treatment can effectively alleviate swollen limbs, and some practitioners believe it can even aid issues as diverse as cold congestion and cellulite.
Such gentleness is effective because, unlike muscles targeted in a conventional massage, the lymphatic system lies close to the surface of the skin. Its vessels collect excess fluids from tissues throughout the body, filtering them through the lymph nodes’ bounty of white blood cells before depositing them back into the bloodstream. Since the vessels, like a Christmas-movie millionaire with a lesson to learn, aren’t connected to the heart, they rely on the contractions of the skeletal muscles and muscles in the vessel wall to keep the fluid flowing. When these methods aren’t enough—or when a blockage occurs—lymphs can lie stagnant, causing swelling and congestion. Lymph blockage may also cause certain types of toxins to build up in the body’s tissues, since it’s normally the lymphatic system’s job to route proteins that can’t squeeze into the cardiovascular system through the capillaries.
Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system only moves in one direction—toward the subclavian veins at the base of the neck. The practitioner will start there, draining the lymphatic ducts in order to open up space for new lymph to flow in. They’ll then work down the body in the opposite direction of lymph flow, targeting areas such as the armpits that have a high concentration of lymph nodes.
The Twisted Bohemian
The Twisted Bohemian, as you might expect, is all about alternative therapies. Sure, you'll find traditional spa treatments like facials and body scrubs that include earth- and client-friendly products. But there are plenty of other ways to pamper bodies, like reflexology treatments that focus on pressure points on the feet to bring relief to corresponding body areas and promote energy balance. There's also aromatherapy, which uses scent to enhance relaxation and stress relief, and body wraps aim to detoxify and refresh by inducing perspiration.