What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is composed of a network of organs and tissues that help rid the body of toxins and other unwanted nasties. Its main function is to transport lymph throughout the body, which is a clear fluid that contains infection-fighting white blood cells.
So, basically, a healthy lymphatic system is an important component to having a strong immune system.
There are several health benefits to lymphatic drainage, which make it a great tool to add to your self-care routine.
Some of these include:
- Wanting to reduce the possibility of minor infections, colds, and cases of flu.
- Lymphatic drainage can help to reduce water retention.
- If you’re actively trying to shed some weight then there might be a chance that lymphatic drainage can help with your efforts.
- Skin texture, glow, and overall appearance.
My Top 5 Ways To Do Lymphatic Drainage And Their Benefits
1. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is one of my favorite ways to promote lymphatic drainage. It’s so simple, yet highly effective. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic practice that’s easy to do at home. All you need is a bristle brush with an elongated handle to help you reach the lower limb and back areas.
Initially, it might seem like a strange concept to brush on your dry skin, but this practice offers a handful of benefits such as increased circulation, enhanced drainage and lymph flow, plus as a bonus, it can help to provide gentle skin exfoliation.
Most people say that morning dry brushing is best because it can be energizing. I normally spend 5 minutes dry brushing before I get in the shower. Nonetheless, a somewhat less intense session can be relaxing before bed, so do what works with your schedule.
2. De La Heart tool and technique
De La Heart’s tool for lymphatic drainage is another product I’d highly recommend. It’s a non-invasive method that promotes lymph flow via the use of repetitive strokes to certain areas. I love this tool because it’s specifically designed to help target stubborn problem areas, breakdown cellulite, and eliminate toxins naturally.
It’s used in the same manner as a dry brush, always making sure to guide the strokes towards your heart and the center of your body to improve circulation.
3. Roller Jade Massage
Jade Rollers have become super popular in the natural skincare industry mainly because of their lymphatic drainage benefits. The use of jade rollers around the face region can help improve circulation, reduce swelling and puffiness, and stimulate drainage. I normally incorporate this technique into both my morning and evening skincare routine.
Jade rollers are pretty intuitive to use, but if this is all new to you I’ve detailed a little tutorial below:
Towards the end of my morning or evening skincare routine, I’ll add some form of oil to my face. Once I’ve added a couple of pumps I’ll immediately follow with my jade roller and begin massaging the serum into my skin using gentle movements. Normally, I emphasize in areas that I notice are puffy or inflamed, for example, the cheek areas. I repeat each stroke 3-5 times.
If you give jade rollers a try, make sure to complete one half of your face and check to see if you notice a difference before moving onto the next side!
4. IMD beauty spa – Signature Lymphatic Drainage Treatment
Although most of my recommendations and favorite ways to stimulate lymphatic drainage are tools and practices that can be done from home, I felt that this article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my absolute fave professional lymph massage.
IMD beauty spa’s signature lymphatic drainage massage is incredible. It was my go-to for 3 years, when I lived in New York City, and LA. The treatment consists of a magnesium thermal-wrapped infrared sauna session, followed by their signature massage which incorporates various techniques to help maximize the effects of lymphatic drainage thus improving immune function, circulation, cellulite appearance, swelling, and inflammation.
5. Leg elevation for 10-15 mins in the evening
Lastly, another method of lymphatic drainage is leg elevations. This simple practice counteracts the pooling of lymph fluid and blood that can build up in the lower limbs due to gravity. I make sure to elevate my legs against a wall every evening before bed for about 10 to 15 minutes. And sometimes you’ll even catch me doing elevations in the morning as well – I find it extremely relaxing!
The legs need to be positioned correctly and feel fully supported, which is why it’s a good idea to do leg elevations against a wall. If done properly the lymphatic fluid and blood should flow away from the legs and feet area reducing swelling. Such a simple and easy-to-do practice that generates incredible results!
So there you have it! Adding lymphatic drainage techniques into your routine doesn’t have to be complicated.
If you enjoyed this article, share it with your tribe so that they too can experience the magical wonders of lymphatic drainage. They’ll definitely thank you later 🙂