Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage an Effective Cellulite Treatment?

Cellulite Solutions (52 Brilliant Ideas): Tips and Techniques to Lose the Lumps by Cherry Maslen and Linda Bird is the current selection for our Cellulite Book-of-the-Month (BOTM) Research Group.

To actively participate in our research group, you can order the book from Amazon for under $4 including shipping, or simply add your questions or observations in the comment section at the end of this post.


“It feels like you’re being stroked with a feather by a fairy.” This is how the authors of Cellulite Solutions describe what it feels like to experience manual lymphatic drainage.

Seeing that it’s Love Your Lymph month here at the Cellulite Investigation, chapter 34 of Cellulite Solutions is particularly fitting. It’s all about “one of the best kept secrets in the beauty business.”

And these ladies would know. They’ve been writing for beauty magazines for decades.  In their opinion, lymph drainage therapy is the best massage treatment there is for cellulite.

But How Does It Break Up Those Stubborn Dimples?

We’ll get into this topic more during Part V of our interview with Dr. Bruno Chikly, but the authors of Cellulite Solutions point out two ways lymph drainage therapy helps reduce cellulite.

First, it helps the body eliminate excess fluid. As the authors explain, water retention is nearly always present in women who suffer from cellulite.

Second, it might help the body eliminate toxins, “if you accept the idea that cellulite is partly caused by the build-up of toxins…” There’s that disclaimer again.  It seems the authors go out of their way not to look like toxinaphobes.  Maybe it’s a British thing.

What’s It Gonna Cost Me?

Since lymph drainage is such a specialized treatment, it’s likely to cost more than other massage sessions.  There are several different schools of the technique, so it’s best to do your research and check the credentials of a therapist before you book a session.

In Cellulite Solutions, they say you will need ten sessions before you notice any difference.  While some clients see results after one treatment –I certainly did with my acne –you probably will need multiple sessions to get the most out of the technique.

(And as my acne experience taught me, it could be a waste of money if you haven’t eliminated what caused the problem in the first place.)

Did you ever try lymph drainage therapy? If so, what did you think? If not, would you try it in the future?

This post is part of Works For Me Wednesday hosted at We Are THAT Family.

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The Mommyologist says:

I am very interested to check out this type of treatment!!


Let us know if you do. I'd love to hear how it goes.

Angela says:

I love your website – I never get tired of hearing about the wonders of lymphatic drainage. I have always had a tendency towards puffiness, especially in my face, under eyes, ankles, and hands.
I'm a holistic esthetician and about a year ago, I began training in Dr. Vodder lymphatic drainage. Right now I'm only working with the face and neck for anti-aging, acne, and rosacea. But I've been seeing a big difference in the rest of the body (reduced puffiness) while just treating these two areas of the body. The thrill of seeing these immediate changes in me and my clients never gets old. 🙂
Also, my teacher mentioned that when combined with the Fat Flush diet, regular full body lymphatic drainage treatments will get rid of cellulite.
Worth a try?


Thanks for contributing to our investigation, Angela! I saw amazing results with lymph drainage therapy when I used it to treat my acne, and I'm confident I would see similar results with cellulite (if I was willing to shell out the dough for regular full body treatments). I've skimmed through the Fat Flush diet and I like what I've read so far. I think your instructor is onto something! If you don't change what is causing your cellulite, even lymph drainage therapy won't have a lasting effect. Thanks again for your comment!


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