Brazilian Beauty Siane Studart Brings Her Practice of Lymphatic Massage to the South Bay

Shifting focus.

  • Category
    Health, People
  • Written by
    Tanya Monaghan
  • Photographed by
    Shane O’Donnell

Siane Studart grew up in the small Brazilian town of São Lourenço, home to around 45,000 people. While most of Siane’s friends got married young and settled there, her mother encouraged her to venture to America to study English. At age 20, Siane packed her bags and moved to California, where she had some family connections. Shortly after, she met and fell in love with Mathias, also Brazilian, and settled in the South Bay. 

The young couple found the philosophies of their new beach community like those of their native Brazil, where a focus on health and wellness was embedded at a young age. After Mathias and Siane got married some years later, they welcomed son Noah and daughter Nina. They pass along this shared appreciation for an active lifestyle to their children.

Siane says that in Brazil, women get lymphatic massages as frequently as American women get manicures—sometimes weekly. She was surprised the practice was not more widespread in the United States. When her husband lost his business during COVID-19, Siane took on a full-time nanny job during the day to help.

“I love when people see the before and after. They get so many health benefits. It’s more than looking great; they actually feel great too.”

At the same time, she sensed an opportunity to offer this treatment. She took lymphatic massage courses at night, investing in training to get certified by the highly renowned Renata França. The Renata França method is a manual massage technique that uses firm pressure on the whole body with precise, fast movements on the circulatory path of the lymphatic system to produce immediate results.

Since 2020, Siane has achieved more than 10 certifications in different specializations, including treatments for post-op/post-plastic surgery, pregnancy, postpartum, autoimmune illness symptom relief and managing pain for cancer patients. The field is constantly evolving, and Siane loves learning—taking more classes to enhance the services she offers her clients. 

Lymphatic drainage massage was originally developed in Brazil by Danish massage practitioner and doctor of philosophy Emil Vodder. He created the therapeutic technique to stimulate the lymphatic system, responsible for removing waste and toxins from the body. This type of massage can have many health benefits, including reducing swelling and inflammation, boosting the immune system and improving the body’s circulation. 

The results of the practice have been rewarding for both Siane and her clients. A 13-year-old girl consulted Siane to help treat her chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms, including swelling and watering eyes. As Siane remembers, “I was doing lymphatic on her face. Afterward she opened her eyes and was so excited. She said, ‘My eyes aren’t watering anymore!’’’ 

For Siane, lymphatic massage doesn’t feel like work. It’s a part of her culture and something she loves sharing with others. She is expanding to a second location in Huntington Beach, building on the success of her Hermosa Beach studio. She hired and trained two of her Brazilian friends to help meet the demand here in the South Bay. 

“I love when people see the before and after,” Siane says. “They get so many health benefits. It’s more than looking great; they actually feel great too.”