The Lauren Berry Method® of Lymphatic Massage

13 CE's

While western medicine recently 'discovered' the importance of the lymphatic system, eastern medicine appears to have been recognizing and working with the lymphatic system for centuries. The lymphatic systems' participation in disease pathogenesis can often appear poorly understood when considered via the western approach... Lauren's approach and protocols help fill in some of those gaps.

A unique approach



2 yr old Jacob


His parents, Joanna and Adam, brought two-year-old Jacob to me. Recent success with Jacob’s grandfather, Bugs, led the grandparents to recommend massage therapy for Jacob’s respiratory problems.
The late Roger Bliss had introduced me to the Lauren Berry Method® of Message Therapy. After Roger’s death, Taum Sayers traveled from Truckee, California to North Carolina periodically to offer this unique therapy and teach classes. I had recently completed the lymphatic class under Taum, and Mary, Jacob’s grandmother, hoped that something could be done to help her grandson.

Jacob, diagnosed with suspected Cystic Fibrosis, had been hospitalized seven times for pneumonia in his brief two years. His blood oxygen levels were so low that, when he slept, his lips would turn blue, making his mother constantly fearful. He had very little appetite. The local hospital had sent Jacob home and advised Joanna that there was little more that could be done to alleviate Jacob’s condition.

Making no promises, I agreed to work on Jacob. I did a lymphatic chest drain and massaged his back to widen the spaces between his ribs – intending to increase his lung capacity. During the procedure, his lips turned pink, and his breathing became noticeably easier. He went home, ate three hot dogs, and, according to his grandmother, still has good color. She reported that he hasn't had a sniffle in the two months since our session.
At the time, I was dismayed that Jacob cried loudly during the treatment. In retrospect, his crying probably helped open his lungs and assisted in the healing process.
Only one session was needed to increase Jacob’s oxygen intake and to alleviate the constant fear of his parents.

Christopher Ingalls

(Folks, this is an excellent example of why I'm in this trade.)

The lymphatic system influences functional health throughout the body.

One of Lauren Berry's many contributions to manual therapy was in acknowledging the importance of the body's hydraulic components and the relationship to musculoskeletal influences. Through recognizing, respecting, and responding to this well-designed organization, therapists can often aid in restoring health and reducing tensions rather quickly.

These techniques are also useful for addressing:

  • Reducing edema and local swelling
  • Stimulating a slow digestive system
  • Stimulating a sluggish immune system
  • Reducing congestion
  • Supporting immunity
  • Enhancing skin health
  • Inducing deep relaxation
  • Decreasing scar tissue and adhesions
Other approaches

There are several approaches to working with the Lymphatic system via massage.

Comments I often hear concerning other approaches to working with the Lymphatic system are:

Other training's often seem overwhelming with technical information.

There is no coordination with visceral work.

How can such a light touch be effective?

The students do not use the technique.

My response:

Yes, I also present technical information; my experience has been that spending toooo much class time in that mode can often clog up the thinking process and detracts from true learning. Our 2-day focus is on learning and understanding the principles and protocols, you can go further into the technical details as you continue with your practice. The handout supplies extensive information that can serve you in that respect.

You will be guided through the visceral work. This technique understands that for the lymph to flow, it needs a place to FLOW TO!!!

Light touch?

I have not studied or practiced techniques that set absolute boundaries on pressure; my goal is to apply pressure suitable to the body's needs. Affecting the lymphatic drainage down to the periosteum's requirements (in my humble opinion) is not adequately achieved with a feather-like touch. Likewise, it does not require heavy pressure to stimulate lymphatic drainage through the thoracic region. Lauren often reminded us:

To quote Lauren:

'Don't give a little old lady a truck driver treatment'!!!

 Each time I teach this class, I receive feedback similar to this:

"Thank you for coming and teaching the Upper Body Lymph class on Saturday.
I did a session with my 87-year-old mother on Sunday.
She said that she had been constipated.
Well, a few hours after the treatment she began eliminating and continued into Monday.
Wow! It worked!"

The body is approximately 60% fluid.

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This unique 'body of knowledge' recognizes and respects the body's fluid systems.
When manually addressing the body as a fluid system, hydraulic principles become applicable.

This 13 hr advanced bodywork/massage class focuses on Lauren's approach to manual lymphatic drainage. These procedures respect and respond to the hydraulic and structural components within the Lymphatic system and can aid in reducing the symptoms of colds, constipation, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, altitude sickness, and pneumonia. The healthy functioning of the lymphatic system is vital to the body's ability to function at peak performance and continue its ongoing maintenance and repair requirements. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in moving fluids, regenerating tissue, filtering out toxins, and aids the body in maintaining a healthy immune system. When lymph circulation is compromised, toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is diminished. Compromised circulation can often be a significant component within many physical ailments.

There is a fine line separating the Lymph and Interstitial fluid.

Both of these fluids bathe and surround the body's cells enabling them to deliver nutrients and carry away waste.

This approach addresses both ...several of my clients that receive this refer to it as their annual 'OIL CHANGE'.


  • Basic Massage or other bodywork license/certificate.

Check back for registration information. or call: 530-587-9356

"Taum Sayers is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider.

Provider # 152386-00"

Recommended reading
Alternatives Newsletter

From David William's Alternatives Newsletter. Scroll down to his info on the Lymphatic system.

Dr. David G. Williams -- ALTERNATIVES