by Andrea Leber Friday, May 20
Lymphatic drainage massage is a fabulous DIY way to boost your immune system and stay healthy and glowing.
The lymphatic system is a vital network that removes toxins and waste products from the body. Its job is to filter and cleanse by transporting lymph (which take up bacteria and other microbes) away from the tissues and deliver them to the lymph nodes for destruction. When this system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong defense against illness. When it’s not working well, our immune system is weakened and we can feel fatigued.
Lymph drainage massage can help this network do its job but also reduce congestion and puffiness as well as pain in the sinuses. As a much loved side-effect, it also keeps us looking fresh and young and helps to remove accumulated environmental toxins.
It’s vital to be gentle – lymph glands are located near the surface of the skin so we don’t want to apply unnecessary pressure. You don’t really need anything to get started, but I do find that using a facial oil works really well. You do not want to be pulling your skin.
I personally love the Kari Gran Facial Cleansing Oil as it allows fingers to glide easily across the skin. When the massage is complete, you can lay a warm washcloth over your face for a minute and remove excess which will leave your pores deeply cleansed. This oil contains organic sunflower, avocado, castor seed and lavender oils and non-GMO Vitamin E derived from sunflower.
LET'S GET STARTED:
Cross your arms at the wrist (to make your touch lighter), then place your fingers at the little indent just above the collarbone; gently stroke the fingertips outwards along the collarbones. Use only your fingertips; repeat 10 times.
Keeping the arms crossed, place the fingertips on the back of your ears and stroke downwards following the jaw line to the throat; repeat 10 times.
Keeping the arms crossed, place the fingertips at the center of the chin and stroke outward along the jaw line; repeat 10 times.
Uncross the arms and place the middle fingers to the side of your ear and stroke downward to the jaw; repeat 10 times.
Place the fingertips on the forehead point between the eyebrows and stroke outward along the eyebrow line towards the temple; repeat 10 times.
Gently place the middle finger on the cheekbone under the eye (towards the outer side of the eye) and gently press and release, moving outwards; repeat 10 times. Then repeat, but place the finger a little lower under the eye; repeat 10 times.
Repeat the entire process in reverse, starting at point 6 and progressing to 1. The facial oils we recommend for this massage: Kari Gran Cleansing Oil, Josh Rosebrook Herbal Infusion Oil, Dr. Alkaitis Nourishing Treatment Oil
By: Andrea LeberAndrea is a travel & wellness journalist and yoga guide publisher with 15+ years experience in the publishing industry. Having lived in 6 countries on 3 continents, she currently enjoys life in Australia and soaks up inspiring ideas in India. On her website andrealeber.com you’ll find stories that inspire and empower you to live, not just exist. Follow Andrea on Google+, send her a Tweet @AndreaLeber or download your free 50+ page ‘Best of Yoga’ guide to Melbourne here: http://andrealeber.com/bestofyoga