How to perform a lymphatic drainage massage at home
Something that often amazes me is the essential scene in any movie where the main character wakes up in the morning, looking artfully disheveled. No pillow marks, no swollen face, no weird pain in her neck! How in the world is it possible for someone to have glowing skin in the morning? Is this just a phenomenon that exists on the big screen?
Personally, up until recently- I would wake up each morning with a stuffy nose! I scoured the internet for a cure, and that’s when I came across the term “lymphatic drainage massage”.
I tried it out as part of my night time skin-care routine- and the effect was nearly immediate- and now it’s become a permanent staple of my evenings.
So, what is lymphatic drainage?
Our bodies have a lymphatic system, that relies on the movement of our muscles to transport fluid through the lymph vessels. Sometimes, however, this fluid can build up in a particular area and cause swelling. The purpose of a massage is to reduce swelling and improve circulation- and it has been proven that regular massage aids the regeneration of skin cells, and improves skin texture and health. It is also beneficial for those suffering from lymphedema, fibromyalgia, skin disorders, insomnia, arthritis and migraines .The best thing about it? You can easily do it yourself, from the comfort of your home, with no other tool than your own hands!
How to start:
- Firstly, wash your hands, and cleanse your face. Apply a face oil or serum of your choice, so that your skin does not tug.
- Use minimal pressure, this isn’t a deep tissue massage!
- Start your massage from the base of the neck. Place the index and middle fingers of each hand on either side of the neck, slightly above the collarbone. Slide the fingers inward toward the middle of the collarbone. Use slow and measured movements.
- Move to the lymph nodes on your neck, directly under your ears. Massage it briefly.
- Now massage your chin, in the center under your lips. Move along from there to the edge of your lips, to the end of your jawline.
- Massage your cheekbones, and then the under-eye area in upward, circular motions.
- End by massaging the brow bones, and the center of the forehead, leading to the temples.
Finally, lay back and relax! Try to do this massage daily, for promising results. Your skin will thank you.