The Lauren Berry Method® of Lymphatic Massage.

The Upper Body

Class size limited to 12

6 CE's

   This 6hr workshop focuses on the abdominal, thoracic, cervical, and visceral components influencing the Interstitial and Lymphatic systems.

   While western medicine recently 'discovered' the importance of the Interstitial and Lymphatic systems, eastern medicine appears to have been recognizing and working with these systems for centuries. Their 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 to managing and supporting the Lymphatic system.   

Alzheimers and the bodies hydraulic system...
The 'Glymphatic system'.

NLM pub med

The Glymphatic System – A Beginner's Guide


Clearance of excess fluid and interstitial solutes is critical for tissue homeostasis. In the peripheral tissues soluble material, proteins and fluid from the interstitial space are returned to the general circulation by the lymphatic system. The lymphatic network extends throughout all parts of the peripheral tissues and the density of lymph vessels correlates with the rate of tissue metabolism. Although the brain and spinal cord are characterized by a disproportionally high metabolic rate [2], and synaptic transmission is exquisitely sensitive to changes in their environment, the central nervous system (CNS) completely lacks conventional lymphatic vessels. This review addresses recent findings that shed light on this paradox and discusses these findings within the broader context of what is known about waste elimination from the CNS. Finally, we discuss our recent findings indicating that this system might also serve to distribute non-waste compounds such as lipids and glucose within the brain.

The full article is available here:



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 acknowledging the importance, influence, and relationships of the body's fluid/hydraulic system on the entire body.

By recognizing, respecting, and responding to these amazingly organized relationships and their hydraulic principles, therapists can often aid in restoring health and reducing tensions rather quickly.

These techniques are also useful for the following:

  • 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
  • Reducing 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 the class intention. Our 2-day focus is on learning and understanding the principles and protocols so you can go further into the technical details as you continue 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!!!

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 session, 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 6 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. 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"

Medical Disclaimer
The class includes practicing, performing, and receiving manual lymphatic techniques and protocols. 
You know best your own body and its limits.
Respect those limits.

The information on this website and in Taum’s classes is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by your physician, therapist, nutritionist, or any other health care provider. 

Consult Your Physician or Health Care Provider. We suggest you send them the link to this page.

Our intent is not to replace any relationship that exists or should exist between you and your medical doctor or other health care professional.

You acknowledge that you take full responsibility for your health.

Once again, you know best your own body and its limits.

Respect those limits.

When you register for this class, you indicate that you have read, understood, and agree to the above Class Medical Disclaimer and Taum's Class Policies.



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Recommended reading
Alternatives Newsletter

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

Dr. David G. Williams -- ALTERNATIVES