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How to do lymphatic drainage facial massage
How to do lymphatic drainage facial massage

Lymphatic drainage massage effectively fights against age-related changes and edema, helps to restore clear contours to the face without cosmetic injections. Let's talk about the most popular self-massage techniques at home.


Lymphatic drainage massage is a relatively new massage technique that appeared in the middle of the 20th century. It was opened by the French doctor Pascal Kosh, who tried various methods to relieve edema after surgery in his patients. It was Pascal Kosh who figured out the relationship between lymph drainage and the external state of the face. This is a special type of pressure massage that is recommended to improve the functioning of the circulatory and lymphatic systems.

Nowadays, lymphatic drainage massage is actively used not only in cosmetology, but also at home, because this is one of the most effective ways to simulate a dream face without injections. Lymph carries all the necessary elements and fluids through the channels of our body. Lymphatic drainage massage just allows you to speed up metabolic processes and bring the face to the desired tone, get rid of edema and sculpt the contours.

Lymphatic drainage facial massage at home

Be sure to read the contraindications before starting: the presence of certain problems from the list is a limitation to performing massage.


  • rashes on the face (allergies, dermatitis, acne);
  • burns and injuries;
  • open wounds;
  • the first day after laser hair removal;
  • herpes;
  • inflammation of the lymph nodes;
  • the presence of oncology;
  • asthma;
  • pregnancy;
  • heart failure;
  • hypertension;
  • thrombophlebitis;
  • varicose veins.


  • visible edema (puffiness of the face);
  • unhealthy complexion;
  • fuzzy contours.

Manual lymphatic drainage facial massage

Manual lymphatic drainage is a special technique based on circular movements of the hands in the direction of the lymph flow. It eliminates the aforementioned problems associated with fluid retention in the body. Manual massage is performed regularly using special massage lines, otherwise the procedure will not have positive results. This massage must be done for 15-20 minutes in 2-3 series with a week break to achieve a noticeable result. This type of lymphatic drainage massage most effectively relieves the face of edema in just a few procedures.

Technique of lymphatic drainage facial massage

Manual massage is performed without auxiliary instruments; only fingers should be involved in the process. Massage lines on the face must be remembered in order to correctly follow the execution technique and not harm yourself.

  • move from the center of the forehead to the temples;
  • from the wings of the nose to the temples;
  • from the tip of the nose to the center of the forehead;
  • from the corners of the mouth to the center of the ear;
  • from the center of the chin to the earlobes.

How to do lymphatic drainage facial massage

Lymphatic drainage massage cleanses tissues from toxins and toxins, eliminates bruises under the eyes, creases on the skin, fills the skin with health and radiance. Start the procedure with cleansing: only clean skin is ready for tactile effects.

There are 5 main stages of massage:

  1. stroking (warm-up);
  2. warm-up in a circular motion in a clockwise direction (stress relief);
  3. tapping (preparation for further manipulations);
  4. vibrating movements and tweaks (stimulation of blood circulation);
  5. stroking (final stage, soothing the skin).

Manual massage begins with a warm-up of the cervical lymphatic trunk. First, the neck is massaged in a circular motion, then the face and head.

  • Massage your chin in circular motions, moving to the cheeks. Move along the inner edge to the outer. Repeat 3 times.
  • Massage your cheekbones in a circular motion. Repeat 3 times.
  • Massage the lower part of the eyes in a circular motion, moving to the forehead. Repeat 10-15 times.
  • Finish the massage with movements on the outer edge of the face, rubbing in the cream along the way. Repeat 15 times.

Japanese lymphatic drainage facial massage

Japanese facial massage is the study of points that are responsible for the functions of internal organs. Japanese massage technique aims to awaken vital energy in the body. This type of ritual consists of four compulsory stages:

  1. cleansing and care. Removal of makeup and excess sebium from the skin;
  2. cleansing and detoxifying the skin. This is a deep level drainage technique that removes toxins. The emphasis is on working out the lymphatic vessels of the neck, face and head;
  3. lifting. The technique allows you to stimulate the tissues, thanks to which the face takes on a fresh and healthy look, and the contours are tightened and sharpened;
  4. charge with energy. Point awakening of energy channels located on the face.

Lymphatic drainage massage by Yukuko Tanaka

This Japanese massage technique is aimed at rejuvenating the facial skin. The impact is exerted not only on the upper layer of the epidermis, but also on deeper layers, including the muscle tissue and the bone framework of the face.

The Yukuko Tanaka technique is suitable not only for those who already have age-related wrinkles, but also for young people as an effective prevention. To perform massage according to the Yukuko Tanaka method, it is important to have clean hands, cleansed skin and moisturize with a cream. The purpose of Yukuko Tanaka's massage is lymph drainage. It is necessary to press correctly on the lymph nodes.

Execution technique:

  • most of the movements are performed with effort over the entire length of the fingers;
  • middle, ring, index - working fingers;
  • 10–20 minutes - duration of the procedure;
  • repetition of exercises - 3 times.

Yukuko Tanaka marked 11 point moves with three fingers in a specific sequence:

  1. the basic movement of the crown of the head with your fingers is a light press on the lymph nodes near the ear, then down along the cheekbones to the neck and collarbones, pressing on the clavicle nodes. Repeat all movements 4 times;
  2. smoothing the forehead (3 times);
  3. smoothing the eyelids (3 times);
  4. working out the area around the lips (3 times);
  5. remove the nasolabial folds (6 times);
  6. remove sagging cheeks (3-7 times);
  7. keep our face in good shape (3 times);
  8. we strengthen the cheeks (3 times);
  9. we eliminate the second chin (5 times);
  10. smooth the A zone (3 times);
  11. smooth the forehead again (3 times) and repeat the basic movement.

Lymphatic drainage massage of Elena Pyatibrat

In her early 60s, Elena looks great as a mom and grandmother! It's all about a miraculous facial massage, which helps to maintain youthfulness and health of the skin.

Execution technique:

  1. using a rake from our fingers we push through the scalp, as if digging into the scalp;
  2. smooth the forehead with our palms;
  3. with the tips of the thumbs, we probe the points on the eye sockets from above, press on them with effort, with the middle ones we probe the points under the eyes;
  4. with index fingers, rub the skin along the nose;
  5. from the outer corners of the eyes we move pointwise to the ears;
  6. with a fork from your fingers, massage the area around the ears;
  7. with our fingers we pull the earlobes down, pull the ears and feel the area around with light pokes;
  8. horizontally knead the corners of the lips with a fork from the fingers;
  9. with index fingers, rub the chin vertically;
  10. Stretching our palms wide, massage the neck and chest with vertical movements.

Perform each exercise according to the method of Elena Pyatibrat 5 times.

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