Developed in the 1930s by Emil Vodder, lymphatic drainage massage is a simple way to keep your lymph system working in good condition, by stimulating the system of vessels and lymph nodes. Lymphatic drainage massage benefits extend from detoxification to fighting cellulite. Discover its full benefits and find out how to use the manual of lymph drainage the right way.
How Does Lymphatic Drainage Massage Work
By gently massaging the skin with circular motions, the lymph system which is located right under it is stimulated as well. Usually done by a trained therapist, lymphatic drainage massage should never entail any pain. When done right, it’s relaxing and soothing.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage Benefits
There are many benefits to manual lymph drainage, but the most praised one is its ability to detoxify the body. Lymphatic drainage massage can be used to improve edema, clear swollen tissues and lymph nodes and it’s also used before and after plastic surgery and liposuction.
For cosmetic purposes, this type of massage can improve the overall look of your skin, by fighting cellulite and improving spider veins, scar tissue and even acne or redness.
How to Perfect Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Usually, this technique is employed by trained professionals, since a bad technique can have the opposite results, clogging your lymphatic nodes even further.
The best way to try it at home is using a wet sponge in the shower. Start from the neck down to the collarbone, then use opposite circular motions on your pectorals. Gently rub the wet sponge on your abdomen in clockwise motions. For your arms and legs, start from your hands and feet and work your way in circular motions towards your shoulders and hips.
To help flush out the toxins, you should drink plenty of water right after the massage and avoid sodium-rich foods, along with alcohol and coffee that can enhance water retention.
Body Brushes for Lymphatic Drainage
Dry body brushing is based on the same concept as the lymphatic drainage massage and it’s usually executed in motions that go from the extremities towards the heart.
If you plan on trying a body brush to stimulate the lymphatic system and exfoliate your skin, go for a natural bristle body brush, like the Merben International Soft Texture Jute Body Brush or the Prima Tampico Skin Brush , but don’t forget to keep it away from your face.
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