The Book of Lymph

THE BOOK OF LYMPH: Self-Care Practices to Enhance Immunity, Health, and Beauty
by Lisa Levitt Gainsley
May 2021 / Harper Wave / Harper Collins (US)

The first-of-its-kind guide that explains the health-promoting properties of lymphatic massage, and introduces beautifully illustrated, five-minute self-massage sequences anyone can do at home.

Thanks to the astonishing results it provides—glowing skin, a flatter stomach, enhanced immunity, and full-body detox—the practice of manually stimulating the lymphatic system has become one of the most popular and impactful wellness practices of our day. Lymphatic drainage works because the lymphatic system—a complex geography of rivers that snake throughout the body, just below the skin linking deep within—connects every other bodily system. When lymph flows, everything else flows, too.

In this groundbreaking guide, veteran lymphatic drainage practitioner, educator, and advocate Lisa Levitt Gainsley explains how to maintain lymphatic health, sharing the five-minute self-massage techniques she originally developed for her high-powered Los Angeles clientele. These simple sequences are tailored to address a number of specific and common issues: bloating, headaches, digestive problems, immune health, anxiety, weight loss, acne, inflammation, and more.

Whether you just want to look and feel your best or are facing a more serious health issue such as cancer treatment or recovery, THE BOOK OF LYMPH offers educational and practical instruction to help you cultivate a body free of pain and lethargy, a calmer state of mind, and boost overall glow—in just five minutes a day.

Lisa Levitt Gainsley, CLT is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and lymphatic health activist. She has worked at UCLA Medical Center, and has been in private practice for the last twenty years. Lisa has pioneered the practice of lymphatic self-massage, conducting Lymphatic Self-Massage workshops around the country, and her work has been featured in GOOP, The Hollywood Reporter, Healthline, ELLE and more. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.


“Well-functioning lymphatic drainage is the key to great, clear, glowing skin.” —Vogue

“Lymphatic drainage massage is the key to getting toned and taut in a flash. And now the beauty trend is taking off in Hollywood.” —The Hollywood Reporter

“Studying the lymphatic system will lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s, infectious disease, gastro-intestinal disorders, and more.”  —Directors of the National Institute of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease