People from all corners of the globe had to quickly change their plans to get back on track over the past year. It’s possible that many things got lost in a rush to transform our homes into command centres, classrooms, or offices. Certainly, ergonomic desk layouts, posture at the desk, and self-care rank high on this list.

We are here now, more than a year after our last post. Many of us sit at awkward desks for longer periods than we would like. Our neck and back muscles will likely pay the price for the accumulation of toxic substances that builds up over time.

Indeed, your neck may be suffering from knots. A self-massage using lymphatic massage therapy could help.

You can book an appointment with one of our licensed masseuses. However, it is understandable that you may not be ready to go to a spa yet. Self-massage can also be beneficial in promoting lymphatic drainage if that is the case. We will take a closer look at lymphatic drainage and its benefits. Also, we will share some tips on how to do it at home.

What is lymphatic drainage massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage in Toronto promotes lymph fluid movement throughout the body. The skin is stretched gently and then released along the lymphatic routes.

Lymphatic massage therapy is a foundational technique in spas to reduce inflammation and fatigue. It is also used to eliminate toxins from the body. When performed on the face, lymphatic massage can reduce stress and anxiety, improve your immune function, and give you glowing skin.

How do you perform a lymphatic drainage massage at home?

Although lymphatic massage is easy to do on your own, it is important to remember that light pressure is the key to a successful outcome. You are rubbing your skin gently and stretching it towards your lymph nodes. If you feel the muscle beneath your skin, you are likely pressing too hard. A good rule of thumb is not to use your palms but your finger pads.

Because your neck contains the most lymph nodes, it is the ideal place to perform a lymphatic drainage massage. Start by placing your fingertips on the triangular dip located just above your collarbone. Again, use a very light touch to gently stretch the skin downwards.

Next, lay your hands flat on your back, just below the base of your skull on each side. Next, stretch your skin toward your spine by moving your fingers towards the base of the neck.

Place your right hand fully across your neck and rest your index finger on the jaw. Move your hands towards your collarbone by using light pressure and gentle contact.

Although it can take some time to master lymphatic drainage massages, you might find yourself feeling less stressed and more relaxed if you persevere.

What is the best time to go to a professional for lymphatic drain massage?

Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing severe swelling or restricted range of motion in one area. Your doctor may recommend a combination or treatment lotions and lymphatic massage therapy.

Although lymphatic massage therapy at home can help with mild problems or as part your routine of body-care, it is not recommended for ongoing or severe issues.