Behind the Scenes: My First Lymphatic Facial Massage

I’ve been working with my doctor on ways to improve my health. And, when I found The Tox in Melrose while googling “facial massage” in LA – I knew I needed it. I had my first lymphatic facial massage, and the results surprised me! Note: This is NOT sponsored, I paid for my own treatment. 

Lympha-what?

Now, let’s get into it. Lymphatic drainage is an evidence-based science-backed approach to supporting your body’s own detoxification function. Lymph massage is aimed at removing toxins, restoring your immune system’s functions, and ultimately preventing a variety of health conditions. It uses a variety of techniques to improve your own lymphatic system (which exists to remove then carry toxins to be flushed out of our body).

After recent illness I could tell my lymph was sluggish, even after dry brushing and gua sha. But even I was shocked by the results! Our lymphatic system is responsible for sweeping up and excreting toxins in our body. Signs of low-functioning lymph include:

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Itchy skin [source]

I’ve been working with my doctor on ways to improve my health. And, when I found The Tox in Melrose while googling “facial massage” in LA – I knew I needed it. It was AH-MAZING!

My Lymphatic Facial Massage Experience

The Good

Even as someone who focuses on non-toxic living and regularly uses Gua Sha and dry brushes, I had incredible results: reduced swelling in lymph, improved sinus drainage, de-puffed face overall, lifted and sculpted for less signs of aging (added benefit). I could feel the flow of fluid under my skin from just the gentle manual facial massage, before all the tools were used.

The No-So-Good

Increasing the flow of lymph means more toxins are circulating through your body through the lymphatic system. You will need to urinate more as your system flushes. For a small percentage of people (I happen to be one), side effects can include nausea, dizziness, and headache. It felt like vertigo, but a quick rest and more water helped.

The Process

Below you’ll find a walk-through of my lymphatic facial massage at The Tox! Also, check out my reel about the experience here.

We started with a manual facial massage

Followed by a gentle facial cupping

Then gua sha

Then facial sculpting with a vibration tool

Lastly, we finished with a soothing facial mask and an arm massageI’m going to find a place locally and do this more often! This type of massage aims to help the body maintain proper blood circulation, body fluid balance, and immune functions – plus the stress reduction and anti-aging benefit. Yes, please!

You can probably find one near you by googling “lymphatic facial massage.”

 

LEARN MORE:

Article from the archives: How can you support your body’s natural detoxification process? It’s simpler than you think! read here

Podcast: Dr. Koz joins Stacy on The Whole View podcast to discuss the basics of toxins and hormones, what detox really means, and the importance of care beyond just your physical health. more here

 

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