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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Facial Massage & Lymph

Disease organisms enter the body through the mouth, nose, eyes and ears. 
You can be exposed to airborne diseases or diseases that you pick up by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face. 
You can also be exposed to disease-causing organisms through your food and drink. 
Your body has an amazing built-in defense system called the lymphatic system, and your face and neck are richly supplied with lymph vessels and nodes.

Lymph drainage massage stimulates the immune system and moves stagnant tissue fluid into the lymphatic vessels, where it is transported through the lymph nodes and purified by lymphocytes. The slow, gentle, repetitive movements reduce the body's fight-or-flight response to stress, which causes the body to tense and produce hormones and chemicals for defense. Lymph massage puts your body into a parasympathetic state, which slows the heart rate and breathing, relaxes muscles and allows organs to resume normal functioning.



EFFECTS

Lymph drainage massage reduces edema, beautifies the skin, relaxes muscles, enhances the immune system, reduces scar tissue and is deeply relaxing. Because of the structure of the lymphatic system, the body is divided into five functional areas: the head and neck is one section, and the trunk is divided into four sections, each with an attached limb. It takes about an hour to massage each section. So, for instance, if there is swelling in the right leg due to an injury, it would take about an hour to massage the right lower quadrant of the trunk and the right leg.

FACE MASSAGE 

Unless there is an injury or edema that needs attention, the most important area to massage is the face. Not only does disease enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth, but also the complexion is exposed to the elements, which can cause damage. Hormone fluctuations can cause puffiness, and poor cellular nutrition can make the skin appear unhealthy. Lymph massage addresses all these issues.

CONSIDERATIONS

Lymph drainage massage is very light, gentle and strictly paced. It does not use long strokes, heavy pressure or rapid movements such as percussion, and it is never painful. You should look for a massage therapist who has had advanced training in lymph drainage massage. Your therapist should ask about your health history, since lymph drainage massage is not appropriate for patients with heart, kidney or liver failure, or anyone who has an infection or open wounds or sores on the skin. If you are being treated for a serious illness such as cancer or diabetes, ask your physician if this type of massage is advisable.

PROCEDURE

Lymph massage follows a strict pattern. Your therapist should massage the lymph nodes in the neck first, and then massage the whole neck. Second, your massage therapist will massage the lymph nodes in the face and then she will massage your face and scalp. At the end of the massage, he will massage the facial nodes again and then the cervical nodes again, in reverse order. She may use emollients such as moisturizer or massage oil, but it isn't necessary. Sometimes therapists also use warm towels to start the massage, as heat stimulates the flow of lymph.


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