LIGHT AND RESTFUL
The lymph drainage massage strokes are thus light, slow, rhythmic and repetitive. Further, they are directional, that is directed towards local nodes and two main lymphatic ducts located in the chest. In this way, the lymph drainage strokes help in moving the lymph in the lymph vessels, enhancing their carrying capacity and increasing the lymphocytes that build the body’s immunity.
“Circular movements with intermittent pressure around lymph nodes are the key for lymph drainage massage. Feather-like strokes, movements such as light tapping, and massage techniques such as stationary circle, pump, rotary and scoop are used. There should only be mild stretching of the skin with the fingers and low pressure movements as the lymphatic network is just underneath the subcutaneous tissue,” explains Dr Peethambar.
By virtue of the technique, the facial lymph drainage massage helps to ease puffiness of the face, remove waste/toxins and improve the immune system. In most cases, no oil, cream or moisturizer is used for lymph drainage, though some prefer using very little for a bit of slip. A lymphatic drainage massage— like a facial massage—can be done when time permits, though some experts suggest opting for a lymphatic drainage in the mornings to ease fluids that may have built-up during the night, and keeping the facial massage as a bedtime ritual to relax and invigorate the face.