Face Massage 101
Think about the number of times you’ve washed your face and applied cream or lotion to cleanse and prep your skin. About once or twice a day since your early teenage years? Now think about the number of times you have massaged your face, in the bath or shower, standing in front of the mirror cleansing or moisturizing your skin. Never? Well you might change your mind about that after reading this!
About Lymph Massage
We all know how good massage feels on the skin and deep into muscle tissue. But it is also beneficial for moving fluid and toxins through the lymphatic system and can be remarkable for healing and preventing illness! The technique is called lymph massage, and it is very effective in helping the body’s drainage systems keep moving. We touched on it in a previous blog, Beauty Regimens from Around the World. The lymphatic system is essentially the body’s trash can. Like the blood system, it has millions of vessels that circulate throughout the body. But unlike the blood system, it has no strong pump (like the heart) to keep things moving. And if you are a sedentary person, your lymph system has a much harder time filtering foreign particles and removing waste from the body. Here’s why:
Lymph is moved through breathing, intestinal activity, walking and muscle action. As muscles tighten, lymph is squeezed and the fluid within gets moving, clearing out infection and other waste particles. Did you know that you have more than 500 lymphs nodes in your body? They are concentrated in the neck, armpits, abdomen (where the spleen plays a big role), and the groin. Nodes are the tender areas that swell when you have a virus. The little pearl-sized ovals create lymphocytes: white blood cells that are the center of the immune response. About 70% of the lymph system is located just beneath the surface of the skin. So a massage technique for lymph must be very light...just an easy light touch will help to move fluid and keep the system flowing!
Face Lifting Massage
But what does this have to do with your face? A great technique that helps to clear clogged up fluid from the face is Japanese facial lymphatic massage. The Tanaka facial massage is very easy to learn. It’s very popular among Japanese women and it helps to keep the lymph drainage moving down from the face, while it keeps the skin lifted and free from sagging and wrinkles. (Facelifting surgeries and procedures are not sought after in Japan like they are in the West.) A regular regimen of this face massage will help to boost your skin tone, remove puffy under eyes, reduce a deep nasolabial fold (the line between your nose and cheek, which can deepen with age) and reduce the severity of wrinkles and lines. Try it for yourself and see!
What people seem to notice is a brightening effect from targeted lymph massage of the face, because it reduces inflammation and puffiness around the eyes, particularly. It also helps to define the natural contours of the fae. The upward strokes help lift the skin, while the downward strokes over the lymph channel get fluid moving downward to be carried away. That’s your lymphatic system at work!
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