Lymphatic drainage massage is the talk of the town, with many celebrities donning about the same. People are hyped about lymphatic drainage massage, but what exactly is it? Let us go to some basics.
The human body contains an extensive network named the lymphatic system that is part of both the circulatory system and the immune system. This lymphatic system includes lymph (a yellow fluid), lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, lymphoid organs and tissues. The lymphatic system helps eliminate the toxins and unwanted materials from our body. The lymph contains infection fighting white blood cells and traps bacteria, microbes, other unwanted materials. It then brings it to the lymph nodes, where they are drained.
A lymphatic drainage massage helps increase or stimulate the lymph’s natural drainage system, thereby eliminating toxins.
How is a lymphatic drainage massage done?
A lymphatic drainage massage is carried out with gentle movements throughout to stimulate the lymph flow.
Light pressurized long strokes are made to get the toxins out of the organs, with the process being gentle. The process is gentle because the lymphatic system is close to the surface of the skin.
Lymphatic drainage massage DIY
Professionals usually carry out a full body lymphatic drainage massage, while you can always try a DIY for the face at home.
The first and foremost point to note is that everything here connects to the lymph nodes around the ear and flushes down the neck. Hence it is necessary to start by opening up through the neck and collar bones.
Then move on to your face.
If you feel your hands are not smooth and strong enough, you can opt for a jade roller.
Also, select a good face oil/serum to avoid swelling and friction while massaging. You can opt for Shesha Ayurveda Eladi thailam or Kumkumadi thailam, which helps tone the facial skin.
Massage gently with clean hands.
Massage gently onto your collar bones with slow movements to behind your ears. Move slowly down to your neck again. Repeat three times.
Later move on to your face. Start with downward strokes from your forehead to temples and later on to your jaw line.
If using your hands, massage with the knuckles and gently massage your face’s natural contours—massage in an upward and outward scoop motion.
Benefits of lymphatic drainage massage
A lymphatic drainage massage, when done correctly, provides the following benefits
- Addresses a range of skin problems like acne, dull skin, clogged pores, puffy skin, dehydration, etc
- Improves elasticity of the skin
- Enhances the overall glow and radiance
- Speeds up fading of spots and marks
- Minimizes the appearance of fine lines
Frequency of a lymphatic drainage massage
You can try lymphatic drainage massage as part of your skincare ritual once or twice a week. If you take help from a professional, you can choose to do it fortnightly.