Lymphatic drainage for a healthy body
Our lymph system is like the garbage disposal for the body, trapping and flushing toxins. Unlike our cardiovascular system, however, the lymph system does not have a pump to move the fluid. Instead, the movement of the body is responsible for preventing the stagnation of toxins in the lymph.
If our lymph fluid isn’t flowing as it should, a myriad of problems can arise. The body faces an increased toxic burden that affects all of our systems. The immune system takes a big hit if the lymph tissues are trapping but not flushing toxins.
To support the entire lymph system, a facial lymphatic drainage massage can be done numerous times a day. It only takes a few minutes.
Benefits of Facial Lymphatic Drainage
- Supports the flushing of toxins from the body
- Helps drain the sinuses, relieving sinus pressure from allergies and colds
- Reduces fluid retention in the face, which can define the jawline and slim the entire face
- Can help shorten the duration of a cold
I found this helpful video on Youtube and I do a this facial lymphatic drainage every morning (and before bed, if I remember). It reduces my “puffy morning face” and makes me feel refreshed and energized. Lymph massage is best done on dry skin (i.e. don’t use a massage oil).
To see the list of contraindications, please see Heather’s website, MassageByHeather.com.
More ways to encourage lymphatic drainage
- Rebounding – jumping on a trampoline helps loosen and pump the lymphatic fluid throughout the whole body. Learn how to correctly rebound here.
- Massage – Any massage boosts the lymphatic system by moving around the lymph fluid. An more affordable alternative to massages is a foam roller, which I use to massage my legs and lower back.
- Free the girls – the breasts house a large percentage of lymph tissue and underwire bras notoriously promote toxin build-up in the breasts.
- Dry brush – dry brushing (here’s a tutorial) stimulates the entire lymph system for gentle detox.
Do you practice any type of daily lymph support? Have you tried facial lymph drainage before?
I truly believe in lymphatic massage which produces drainage. After reading the comments I would like to add this bit of advice if I may 🙂
I have had major inflammation in my life. Through much physical therapy, Chiropractic Care and massage therapy I have learned a lot. When I eliminated gluten from my diet I noticed there in 2 weeks there was an immediate lessening of fluid in my tissues. But it didn’t stop there because my body still was giving me fits with swollen face even my eyeballs, dermatitis, the list goes on 🙁 I found out about food intolerances and how my body was basically attacking the proteins in my system, with in turn caused inflammation. It caused me to also gain weight and look awful. When I don’t eat any of these things I can lose 2 to 3 pounds in a day.
My point is there is an inflammatory response in some people, that results in the symptoms that some of you have mentioned above. You can Google it and find out more information 🙂 I hope this helps somebody!
Ended up going to drs that regularly with sinusitis and inflammation to glands in neck and forehead .. turns out I’m Coeliac and gluten was the key. I am also epileptic which I feel gluten has a part to play .. gluten makes me sinussy, feels like I have a cold, also extreme tiredness, which induces seizure.
I always recommend everyone get a gluten blood test.
Excellent video, supported my last course as a refresher, very professional thank you.