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Do It Yourself Lymphatic Massage

Do It Yourself Lymphatic Massage

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Do It Yourself Lymphatic Massage - supports hormone health and lymph drainage

 

Did you know that you can give yourself a quick, do it yourself lymphatic massage that will help your body eliminate toxins and also supports good hormone function?

 

It’s true!

 

I learned this self lymphatic massage technique while attending a holistic healing workshop a few months ago, based on the work of Donna Eden and Dr. David Feinstein. Ever since then, I’ve been giving myself a quick daily lymphatic massage (I do it when I’m in my infrared sauna because doing so enhances my body’s ability to eliminate those toxins!). It only takes a few minutes and it’s such a simple habit that really does make a big difference in your health! 

 

Why is it important to give yourself a self lymphatic massage?

We now live in a world crowded with harmful chemicals that didn’t exist less than a century ago. Much of the food we eat, the medicines we take, the products we put on our skin and use in our homes contain synthetic chemicals the human body has a difficult time processing. Not only that, but electromagnetic fields and industrial pollutants bombard us daily. Over 4 billion pounds (!!!) of toxic chemicals are released into the nation’s environment each year, including 72 million pounds of recognized carcinogens. (source)

 

The truth is, even though we have amazing detoxification systems in our body (kidneys, liver, skin, lymphatic system, etc), it was never designed to handle the toxic load of today’s world. Our body can’t keep up with all these toxins! Studies show that 100 percent of human fat cell biopsies contain elevated levels of harmful toxins. And when toxins accumulate in the body, health suffers. 

 

Digestion problems, allergies, asthma, headaches and/or skin issues are often the first sign that we have excess toxins in our system and that our detox pathways can’t keep up with the load. Over time, these excess toxins lead to even more devastating health issues like cancer, neurological diseases, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, obesity and more. Cancer and heart disease barely existed less than a century ago and now they are the two leading causes of death!  

 

The necessity for moving toxins out of the body is a key principle in holistic medicine.

And it’s key for getting and staying healthy in today’s toxic world! If we want to be healthy in today’s world we’ve got to keep our body’s detox pathways running properly so our body can get rid of these toxins that are making us sick.

 

One of the body’s detoxification pathways is the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the body’s built-in sanitation center. It’s responsible for carrying away and filtering out toxins and waste from every cell, tissue and organ. The accumulation of toxins cause blockages and congestion in the flow of lymph so it becomes less and less effective at doing it’s job properly. When the lymphatic points become clogged, every system in the body is compromised! Can you see why it’s so important to keep this system running smoothly and properly?

 

And guess what helps move toxins out of the body and keeps the lymphatic system running smoothly?

 

An easy do it yourself lymphatic massage!

 

DIY Lymphatic Massage

 

Massaging your lymphatic points, also called neurolymphatic reflex points (although they are not necessarily situated directly over the lymph nodes or lymph tissue) releases toxins into the lymphatic vessels and then into the bloodstream where they can be eliminated by the body.

 

There are over 90 lymphatic points on the body. You can easily find congested lymphatic points because if you massage them, they will feel tender. If you find that you have a lot of sore points, this self lymphatic massage is an especially good daily habit for you to do so you can help your lymphatic system run smoothly again! 

 

Lymphatic Points:

Do It Yourself Lymphatic Massage - Neurolymphatic Massage Points

* For printable lymphatic massage points diagram, click here: http://www.primallyinspired.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Lymphatic-Massage-Points.pdf

 

Do It Yourself Lymphatic Massage Instructions:

  1. With your fingers, press firmly into the skin where a lymphatic point is located using my diagram above.
  2. Using firm pressure, massage in a circular motion for about 5-10 seconds.
  3. Work tender points for several extra seconds.  
  4. Move onto the next point and repeat until all the lymphatic points are massaged. If you have a lot of tender points, please see note below.

It seems like a lot of points, but it really only takes 2 or 3 minutes to get them all done! And you can give yourself this self lymphatic massage while you’re watching TV, while you’re on your lunch break….heck, even while your at a red light.

 

Important Note: Do not massage a bruise or an injury. If you find that you have a lot of tender points, your body may be overwhelmed with toxins, so don’t massage them all at one time (and if that’s the case, please do me a favor and read my infrared sauna post HERE – you need it the most!). If your body has too many accumulated toxins, massaging all the tender points may make you feel flu-like as the toxins are being unclogged and released. If that’s the case, just proceed slowly and massage a few points at a time. 

 

The soreness may not go away immediately, but you are indeed helping clear the congestion (and you’ll probably notice a difference in how you feel!). Over time if you keep massaging these points daily, you’ll notice that the tenderness will go away, which is just what we want! That means you’ve successfully cleared the blockage and made a huge step at helping your lymphatic system run more smoothly! Woohoo! 🙂 

 

Other ways to strengthen the lymphatic system:

Infrared Sauna 

Sweating in an infrared sauna is the very best way to help eliminate harmful toxins and heavy metals from the body and moving the flow of congested lymph. An infrared sauna session raises the body’s core temperature, activates circulation and excretes toxins from the lymph and blood through the skin. The heat also increases the heart rate and encourages deeper breathing, which boosts the drainage process even further. Read more infrared sauna health benefits and my family’s experience using one HERE – I can’t say enough good things about infrared saunas!

 

Daily stretching and/or Yoga

Stretching and yoga are especially helpful at moving lymph flow.  HERE are 5 simple stretches I think everyone should do each day that help activate the lymphatic system.

 

Deep Diaphragm Breathing

Shallow breathing leads to lymphatic congestion. Take a few moments to breathe deeply. Slowly take a deep breath in through the nose, pushing your belly out. Exhale slowly through the mouth. Repeat at least 3 times.  Not only does deep diaphragm breathing activate your lymphatic system and oxygenate blood, but it lessens stress, too! I try to remember to deep breathe as often as I can – it’s so good for the body!

 

Are you going to try this simple daily DIY lymphatic massage? It will make a big positive step forward in your health!  I hope you give it a try for at least 10 days so you can feel what a difference it can make 🙂

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34 comments

  1. I do dry brushing before my shower for lymphatic system and I will incorporate some of these new spots I didn’t know about in my daily routine also. I’m excited that you are excited, so now I’m curious as to what you have up your sleeve!!!⚡️✨?

  2. This is very good. I posted the link on my Facebook Group, Alternative Treatments and Optimal Health.We have 1202 members currently. I hope it helps. You deserve it.

  3. Thank You! Looking forward to doing this.

  4. Should we be rubbing up and down along the lines marked on the photo and not do circles like on the dots? Thank you!

  5. Wow, Kelly, I am so excited to try this! I keep learning new things from you! I’ve been doing rebounding, dry brushing and breathing from the diaphragm for lymphatic support. Love them all. I try to incorporate the breathing early in the morning, when I do my gratitude journal. I also go back to it later in the day as needed. I can be pretty high strung and the breathing is very grounding.

    Thanks for the great info, and can’t wait to see your surprise on December 26!

  6. I need this in my life. Thank you for explaining it so easily Kelly!! I can’t wait to get started!

  7. A facebook video also taught me about the spots on the face that I think have helped lessen the cold I’m dealing with right now. My recent thermography said my immune system needed a boost (right on, apparently), but revealed my lymph system was stellar. Hmm, go figure!

  8. Wow thank you so much for sharing! You are a true example of good health <3 Man, now I just need to actually start doing what you share with us! aghh school takes so much time ( i know sounds like just an excuse but really chem, bio classes need so much time out of class gahh)

    anyways enough about my problems, just thank you <3

  9. Thanks for sharing this, Kelly! I’ve been doing the lymphatic massage in my sauna. It’s amazing how much the areas on my legs hurt without much pressure. These are also the areas that bother me when I go have a massage done and where I carry the most cellulite. I’m guessing that I have way more detoxing to do!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Cindy, my outer legs were the super sore area for me, too! I’ve been giving myself this daily lymphatic massage, (mostly focusing on my legs since that’s the problem) for a few months now and it’s making a difference. They are not nearly as tender and sore as when I first started. Love that you’re doing it in your sauna, too 🙂

  10. I just started today, look forward to feeling some results! thank you

  11. This is amazing information but it would be very helpful if there was a printable option for the massage diagram. I can’t remember all those points in the tub or sauna. Thanks

  12. Hi Kelly, I’m having trouble getting the printable link to work, it comes up an error page. Any ideas? Thanks!

  13. I guess my computer just doesn’t like that link! It doesn’t work either way 🙁 Help!

  14. Hi Kelly, I have fibro-myalgia. Have you gotten any feedback if these aggravate someone’s Fm? I am eager to try these, but don’t want a flare up.n thanks for sharing!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Pamela! I’ve actually heard the opposite and many massage therapists recommend regular lymphatic drainage massages to their fibro patients. THIS is one study that says after receiving a lymphatic massage, fibromyalgia patients reported lower pain intensity, a lower pain-pressure threshold, less morning tiredness, less anxiety and an improvement in their overall quality of life. Cool! 🙂 Hope it can be a way to provide some pain relief for you, too, Pamela! Many blessings to you!

  15. Hi – can I start with any point on the body or are we supposed to start at the lowest area and work our way up the body? Thanks 🙂

  16. Can you do the lymphatic massage while in the sauna or is that too much of a good thing all at once?

  17. I tried it and it was an awesome experience. Thanks for posting!

  18. I’m hoping this will help me recover from mono quicker. Thank you for the post!

  19. Thank you Kelly for this wonderful information. I have been drinking water with lemon for a simple detox and using Essential Oils to further help in my wellness journey. Do you have any experience using Essential Oils on lymphatic massage and drainage?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      I do, Laura! I love to use a few drops of grapefruit essential oil diluted in a bit of carrier oil when I do the lymphatic massage – it’s great for boosting circulation…plus I love love love the scent of grapefruit so it’s like a double whammy of goodness for me 🙂 But typically any citrus oils are great for boosting circulation and lymph drainage. Also peppermint is an especially great one for the lymph, too!

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