Health & Beauty: Lymphatic Facial Massage
Lymphatic facial Massage
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a gentle massage technique that helps to move lymph fluid through the body. Lymph fluid is a clear, colorless fluid that contains white blood cells and helps to fight infection and disease. When the lymphatic system is not functioning properly, it can lead to swelling, pain, and other health problems.
What is a Gua Sha Stone?
A gua sha stone is a smooth, flat stone that is used for massage. Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that uses scraping motions to stimulate the flow of blood and lymph. Gua sha stones can be made from a variety of materials, including jade, rose quartz, and amethyst.
How to Perform Manual Lymphatic Drainage with a Gua Sha Stone
To perform manual lymphatic drainage with a gua sha stone, you will need a smooth, flat stone and a light, gliding touch. Start with a freshly washed face and hands. Apply a small amount of massage oil to your skin. Then, use the gua sha stone to ever so lightly and gently glide along your skin in long, smooth strokes. Be sure to follow the direction of the lymph nodes, which are located at the base of the neck when you treating the face. The lymph system is located very close to the skins surface so this type of massage will not be effective if too much pressure is used. Stroke each area 7-8 times
Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage has a number of benefits, including:
- Reducing swelling
- Relieving pain
- Improving circulation
- Boosting the immune system
- Reducing stress
- Detoxifying the body
- Improving skin health
How Often Should You Perform Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
You can perform manual lymphatic drainage as often as you like. However, it is important to start slowly and gradually increase the frequency and duration of your treatments as your body gets used to it.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid When Performing Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
There are a few things you should avoid when performing manual lymphatic drainage, including:
- Applying too much pressure
- Treating areas of injury or infection, including acne, and dermatitis
- Avoid performing MLD on yourself if you have a blood clotting disorder
- Avoid treating areas recently treated with fillers
If you have any concerns about manual lymphatic drainage, be sure to consult with your doctor or a qualified massage therapist.