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What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic drainage is a hot topic right now - from your friend at morning yoga to the celebrities on your timeline, it seems like everyone is talking about it. But what exactly is it? To understand lymphatic drainage we first need to discuss the lymph system! 


Your lymphatic system is your body’s toxin removal service. Lymphatic fluid collects cellular waste, dead cells, and other toxins at the base of the neck and carries it to other parts of the body to be eliminated through sweat or urine. The lymph system flows through the body in nodes and vessels, similar to how your bloods flows throughout your body in veins. However, unlike your blood, your lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump. This means it can’t really flow on its own; it needs help via body movement. Exercise and stretching are all great methods to get your lymph flowing - but we prefer massage!


When your lymph remains stagnant for long periods of time it can result in bloating/puffiness, dull skin, a tired appearance, and even acne. You might’ve even noticed the appearance of a double chin when you don’t normally have one - that’s stagnant lymph! It’s especially a problem in the face as the lymph only has one way in and out, your neck, and if it’s not moving there then there’s nowhere else it can go. It can try to flow throughout the face but with no exit, the lymph eventually slows down and gets stuck.


At The Spa at Selenite, our estheticians have extensive training on lymphatic drainage and other facial massage techniques. Our professionals use firm, comforting pressure to massage the jaw, cheeks, and brows to encourage lymphatic flow and they always start and end by opening the flow of the neck. You leave the treatment room glowing, plump, and maybe feeling a little lighter. If you are interested in trying out lymphatic drainage, we encourage you to book a Relaxation and Wellness Facial to fully experience our esthetician’s massage skills. Just be sure to always drink plenty of water afterwards! 

Written by Savannah Frommel

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