This is the easiest way to support your lymphatic system as you are most likely doing a version of this already. Movement and breathwork create flow to the circulatory system, and also allow you to sweat out toxins and build-up that may be causing stagnation. When we are moving, like in a mindful yoga practice, it provides both movement and breathwork to encourage lymphatic drainage.
Try a 10-minute rebounder routine, or a WIM HOF breathwork exercise. These practices can help with lymphatic congestion that cause cellulite and dark circles. So remember, find your flow to get that post-workout glow!
Commonly known as a wonderful exfoliating technique, dry brushing can also help with circulation and support the lymphatic system. The fine bristles of a dry brush, like this one from OSEA MALIBU, gently stimulate circulation at the lymphatic level to help soften the appearance of cellulite and uneven skin. Dry brushing is safe to do on areas of skin that are not infected or have an open wound.
To get started, move the brush from the top of your feet upwards in long, yet gentle strokes, towards the heart. The face can also be dry brushed with a smaller brush such as this Daily Glow brush from Province Apothecary. This provides a gentle exfoliation as well as stimulation for the circulation needed for proper lymphatic flow throughout the body, which can also help with puffiness in the face and dark circles.
One of the most effective ways to support your lymphatic system is massaging your body and face. This practice can be an opportunity to create a habit of slowing down from our hectic lives. Massage is also useful as a self-inventory tool to discover any areas of tension and tenderness on the body and face.
After your shower or face wash, apply a hydrating oil all over the skin you are looking to revitalize. The key to a successful self-massage is to gently pump your hands in a slow, wave-like pattern to pulse the flow of your lymphatic movement. Long, circular motions work well to help with absorption of nutrients in the skin & oxygen flow. This self-massage practice is subtle yet effective in helping lymph flow which can support any dry or itchy areas of the skin.
It is important to know that there are some MLD contraindications including an acute infection, hyperthyroid, thrombosis and low blood pressure. If you have a lymphatic system disease or disorder, any active cancers, or in some cases diabetes, circulatory massage is not recommended. In this case, we recommend connecting with a MLD specialist for support.