Detoxing the body doesn’t always need to involve consumables like detox drinks or detox meals. It can also mean going for a detoxifying massage – particularly, a lymphatic drainage massage.  We had the opportunity to not just try this massage technique that originated from France, but we also chatted with Dominique Vargas, who is the International Training Manager at Méthode Jeanne Piaubert, a pioneer specialist in lymphatic massage techniques.

What is a lymphatic drainage massage?

lymphatic drainage massage

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We have lymph nodes in our body that contains nutrients and waste. When a lymphatic drainage massage is done, we open the lymph nodes at specific areas of the face (and/or body) and massage it using a special technique to help the lymph run a bit quicker to make the waste exit the body faster.

Our experience (and some more information about lymphatic drainage massages!)

The lymphatic facial massage that I received was really gentle and relaxing. I left the massage room feeling refreshed and energised. According to Dominique, she doesn’t press hard (think of how hard Thai massages, or Chinese traditional massages can get) when she does lymphatic massages. Instead, she does light wave movements that are soothing and calming.

Dominique Vargas_Methode Jeanne Piauber International Training Manager

Dominique Vargas, Méthode Jeanne Piauber International Training Manager

To open up the lymph nodes, Dominique targets certain areas by lightly applying pressure and starts doing wave movements for a couple of minutes before “closing” the lymph nodes the same way she “opened” it. If you’re wondering where the waste goes to after a lymphatic drainage massage, it actually works the same as a regular detox! Dominique shared that if one receives a good lymphatic drainage massage, she may find herself heading to the bathroom more frequently after the session.

Other than detox for skin and body, receiving lymphatic massages regularly will help to unclog the lymph nodes, which will lead to better skin and better health. Dominique recommends doing lymphatic massages every two days. Lymphatic massages are not as easy to do at home on your own as there are specific techniques that are needed to make sure it’s done correctly. However, there’s a special tool called the Methode Jeanne Piaubert Stimuloval Massager for Face and Throat that you can use to mimic the effects of a lymphatic massage.

When done correctly, it can even help to achieve the V-shape face that everyone’s after! “The key is to massage the product onto the face in an upwards motion,” Dominique shared. The tool also helps to improve the effectiveness of the product that you apply on the skin. It retails at SGD78 and is available at TaraBliss Spa, BHG Bugis and Metro Paragon.

If you’re wondering, there is an immediate effect after just one session in terms of radiance. But Dominique mentioned that customers can see a reduction in puffiness and water retention after two to three weeks, which means no more puffy eyes, yay!

Everybody except those who has health issues related to the lymph nodes (i. e. lymphoma), can benefit from lymphatic drainage massages.

This French art of detoxification is exclusively available at TaraBliss Spa and it costs SGD288 per session. Each session lasts for 90 minutes. TaraBliss Spa is located at:

452 North Bridge Road, Chan Brothers Building
Tel: 6336-9274
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 12noon – 9pm
Sat, Sun & PH 10am – 7pm

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