Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The lymphatic system is a part of your body's functioning immune system. The lymphatic system is spread across your body, through your bloodstream, and all while passing through a network of lymph nodes, whose primary function is to drain the fluid called lymph. During this filtration process, the lymph nodes remove bodily waste and carry white blood cells to help prevent infections.
This system works in harmony until an obstruction occurs. If the fluid is unable to drain through the lymphatic system, the lymph will build up and cause a series of health complications. Lymphedema is a condition that is characterized by chronic swelling due to the abnormal accumulation of lymph in the vessels. Because we have lymph nodes scattered from head to toe, we can find this swelling anywhere, but here we are going to discuss lymphatic buildup in the face.
There is a special lymphatic drainage message therapy that can be utilized in individuals with lymphedema. These treatments are used to accelerate the absorption and transportation of lymph in order to eliminate the buildup of toxins, bacteria, viruses and proteins that are lurking in our lymphatic circulation.
Along with the medical benefits of unclogging your lymphatic system when they are obstructed, there has been some research finding a link between the skin's health and the patency of lymphatic vessels. Meaning, that using lymphatic draining massages and techniques can improve your skins appearance even without having an obstruction present. Fine lines, wrinkles, eye bags and overall puffiness are the top signs of improvement shown post lymphatic massage.
How is it done?
Lymphatic drainage is typically done by a professional who has training in this technique, but these methods can be applied in the comfort of your own home.
- Start with deep breathing. Rest your palms on your stomach and take a deep breath in through your nose until you feel your stomach pushing into your palms. Breathe out until your stomach is flat and repeat around five times.
- Get comfortable. You can choose to sit, stand, or lie down.
- Apply pressure. Using the palms of your hands, start at your forehead, applying gentle pressure to slowly stretch the skin down toward the lymph nodes in your neck. Keep going, moving all the way down your face. Finding lymphatic flow charts can be helpful.
- Use care around your eyes. For under your eyes, switch to your ring finger and use a rolling movement.
- Repeat. Repeat the process around five times in each area.
The results you feel may vary from person to person, but it one of the closest things to a nonsurgical facelift. It is considered to be generally safe, but you are encouraged to see a health professional if the swelling is quick in onset, unknown cause, in active infection or any other concerns arise.