Our lymph system is similar to our circulatory system in the paths it takes through the body yet functions differently. The lymph is guided through our bodies via movement of muscles, blood, and breathing.
Sometimes this lymph can get stuck in areas (commonly when sick) and produce enlarged lymph nodes. Lymph does not need to be stagnant for lymph draining to be beneficial. With massage lymph can be circulated through the body and continue to bring white blood cells to nourish our muscles.
A whole body lymphatic drainage treatment will be extensive, and you will want to make time for a longer appointment. Usually we focus on an area of concern (arm, face, leg, etc.) during one massage session. These sessions usually include pumping the lymph by using light pressing movements repeatedly to encourage drainage.