How to Do a Self Lymphatic Massage – and Get a Full Body Detox

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You are about to learn how to become a great lymphatic massage therapist, for your own body.  

After this tutorial, you will be capable of detoxing your entire system and improving your blood circulation. You will feel much better, have more energy and have a smooth, glowing skin. You will be able to avoid many illnesses and diseases.

So take your health into your own hands, and read on:

What Is a Lymphatic Massage?

With this type of massage you can stimulate your body to flush out harmful toxins and improve your hormone function. We have lymph nodes positioned throughout our bodies, which together form the lymphatic system. These nodes help in eliminating waste from your body.

So how does massage play a part into this? Like this:​
Most of your lymph nodes are located on the front of your body making them accessible to lymph drainage self-massage. And massage therapy is an effective way to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. So stimulating these nodes results in a healthier you with a more relaxed and detoxified body and face.

Why should you learn how to self-massage your lymphatic system?

The short answer is because it promotes better all-round health. But so are a lot of other things we could be doing, so let me explain why it’s more important than ever to massage your lymph nodes as part of your healthcare routines:

Sadly, we are exposed to more harmful toxins and chemicals in our day-to-day lives than ever before. The increase in global pollution, processed foods, constant use of electronics, and modern medicines all put our bodies under additional strain.

Solution: living a healthy lifetsyle, right? Well...here's the thing:

Ideally, we would all workout for 30 minutes a day, take long walks in the fresh country air, and eat fresh organic foods. But that might not be possible for you to keep up, and might not even be enough to counteract the toxins.

What does this mean for you?

As it turns out, we don’t see a lot of all the toxic strain on our lymph nodes until it’s too late. Lymph nodes are supposed to filter out toxins and pass fluids around our body. But they can only handle so much. As we reach a certain level of toxins in our bodies and our lymphatic system starts to struggle to keep up we start to store toxins. The truth is, you might have a buildup of toxins in your body, and that could very well be the reason for any health issues you are currently experiencing.

So how do you know you have a build-up of toxins? These questions might help you determine if you do, and if you need a lymphatic detox:

  • Do you find yourself feeling excessively tired?
  • Are you run down even though you’re sleeping a lot?
  • Is your immune system weakened and you keep picking up viruses?
  • Do you have cellulite?

As you guessed, too much workload on your lymph nodes may be the reason for these problems. And what's more, conditions like asthma, eczema, allergies, and headaches are often ways this problem manifests too. Without coming across too scary, more serious health conditions like autoimmune diseases, cancers, heart disease, and neurological diseases are also tied to an excess of toxins. It’s no coincidence such conditions are on the increase, it’s correlated to the increase in harmful toxins in our environment.

But here's the good news:

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

You can reverse a lot of the effects a toxin build-up has on your body. By self-massaging your lymph nodes you help stimulate the following in your body:

  • An increase in the flow of fluid through your lymph system, allowing more toxins to flush through the body
  • An increase in your immune system due to the removal of harmful toxins
  • An increase in the capacity and function of your lymph system
  • A greater feeling and sense of well-being

How to Self-Massage Your Lymphatic System


Step-By-Step Guide to Massaging Your Lymphatic System

Lymphatic Points on the Body

lymph detox massage guide

By massaging these nodes you are basically helping to release ‘stored’ toxins into the lymphatic stream so they can reach the bloodstream and by dissolved by your body’s immune system.

It’s a painless and simple process that you can do whenever you have a few spare minutes and just about anywhere. Here are five simple steps to follow:

  • Using your two forefingers locate the areas on your body in the image above
  • Using your two forefingers locate the areas on your body in the image above
  • ​Start massaging in a circular motion for 8-10 seconds per point
  • ​If the area feels tender spend a little more time on it
  • Move from point to point around your body until you’ve covered them all
  • Take long deep breaths after and drink plenty of water

This is a great video on how to do your lymph node massage:

Ninja tip: Less Effort & Great Result...

Lymphatic drainage does not require anything, you only need your hands.
But I found a way to increase the effect of the massage, and as a big bonus get rid of cellulite fast, by alternating with a cupping massage.

Wat is Cupping?

Cupping is a massage technique that is frequently used in Oriental medicine and is designed to pull toxins from muscle cramps and deeper body tissues to the skin surface. It is traditionally performed by placing a glass jar over skin, and letting it suck vacuum to the skin by firing a piece of paper under the glass. The therapists that perform chinese cupping are usually acupuncturists, and very well trained, so there is no chance of burning or damaging your skin. 

So how can I do this myself?​

​When I was looking into cupping, because I wanted to get rid of dimples in my legs, I stumbled on another way of cupping. I found silicon vacuum cups, that I could easily use on myself, without needing any fire.

In the beginning it hurt like crazy, but after two uses the pain was less and my legs started to look much smoother. I have been doing my own cupping treatment for 5 minutes a day, 3 days a week. And now, most of my cellulite is gone! I even massaged my knees with the cups, and the next day my knee pain was gone as well.

So for me, alternating the lymph massage with cupping was​ an amazing experience and I did not even have to leave the house, or pay for a weekly (and costly) massage. If you want to turbo boost your health, definitely combine these two great detoxing massage techniques. You can buy a cupping set for under $25 here.

One last thing about lymphatic detox massage...

Although this process is easy and fairly quick to do it’s not to be rushed. Take your time to cover as many of the lymph areas on your body as you can. Try to make some positive lifestyle changes too if your lymphatic system was under a lot of stress. Happy journey!

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Olivia Johanson

Thank you for reading! I am Olivia, a freelance writer, mom of 2 and a home remedy addict :) If you LOVE natural solutions you can create yourself, for any health, beauty or household problem you have - hop over to EveryHomeRemedy.com.~ Stay Healthy, Stay Happy! ~Love, Olivia


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