Why Everyone Should Care About Lymphatic Drainage

It’s one of those things that could be considered an open secret. The practice of using tools and techniques to promote lymphatic drainage is hardly new on the scene. In fact, it’s ancient, as is the long list of benefits it provides. Still, for some reason, it remains somewhat shrouded in mystery. But if the last few years are any indication, it’s only a matter of time before lymphatic drainage rolls off the tongue as treatments that offer this benefit continue to grow in popularity.  This is because for the past several years, as our overworked lifestyles have demanded that we prioritize our wellness, lymphatic drainage has increasingly become a part of mainstream conversation and has even managed to enter our lives by way of our beauty regimens. Let’s talk about why.


Lymphatic Drainage and Detoxification

Lymphatic drainage has roots in ancient practices like Cupping therapy, Gua Sha, and Ayurvedic dry brushing, all of which are known to promote blood circulation and increase health by detoxifying waste from the body.  While these treatments were considered holistic folk remedies, there is a long history of their usage for medical benefit.  This is because the lymphatic system is a part of your body’s immune system.  It’s a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins and other waste.  When the lymph system works well, we feel healthy and have a fortified defense against illness. When it’s stagnant or blocked, we can experience inflammation, feel lethargic, and be more susceptible to colds or infections.  With greater awareness of wellness techniques and the corresponding emphasis on self-care came the increased popularity of treatments that stimulate lymphatic drainage and detoxify the body.  Spa treatments like lymphatic massages and cupping therapy were no longer fringe, obscure treatments exclusively meant for health-gurus and yogis and inevitably gained momentum in the mainstream for their multitude of benefits.  As these treatments became more widely available, it wasn’t long before the beauty benefits of lymphatic drainage garnered buzz and made way for at-home beauty tools. 


Lymphatic Drainage at Home

When you practice a lymph drainage massage, you’re assisting your body in removing sluggish buildup and draining any extra fluid to eliminate swelling.  Since lymph is just below the skin, it only needs light pressure to be effective, which is why at-home tools have taken the wellness industry by storm.  There’s also the elephant in the room, otherwise known as Covid-19, because of which self-care practices done at home have become more important than ever before.  But as much as we all want to feel good, let’s acknowledge the real cosmetic benefits of self face massage and body massage using tools that stimulate lymphatic drainage.  Using a face massage tool (like a face cup) is like giving yourself a face contouring massage.  Facial cups are often referred to as getting a natural facelift because the lymphatic drainage helps to depuff eyes and face, and smooth facial contours for a sculpted and lifted effect.  The increased blood circulation from a lymph drainage massage also stimulates collagen and elastin for a firming, youthful glow, for both face and body.  The detoxifying and de-puffing effect that comes with lymphatic drainage not only helps the body release excess fluid but assists in breaking up fat deposits and cellulite for a smoother appearance.  The customizable aspect of these tools is part of why they’re garnering attention, some people find them helpful for relieving tension and pain, and others for reducing inflammation and swelling.  They’re an ideal way to address your specific concerns in a gentle but effective way, all from the privacy of your own home.


Lymphatic Drainage and Wellness Movement

Wellness means different things to different people. For some, it may mean doing green juice fasts and for others, wellness may mean a daily glass of wine; it’s very subjective and there are no hard and fast rules.  But at the heart of it, wellness encompasses almost anything that feels good to your spirit, mind or body, and helps you feel well, especially during these strange times we’re living in.  So it’s important to note that while these lymphatic drainage treatments have very noticeable benefits from a physical perspective, their impact on well-being goes deeper than that.  Treatments offering lymphatic drainage are often meant to be practiced as slow rituals that are deepened by your care for your own well-being.  Remember, at their root, these treatments come from a long history of holistic wellness practitioners that approached health through a whole-body perspective that involved mind and spirit, not just the physical realm.  So while you might want a face massage for skin tightening benefits, keep in mind that it’s also meant to be practiced mindfully and with the intention of self-care because that’s always been a part of the intended benefit.


While lymphatic drainage may not be something you’ve given much thought to before today, it’s a key part of a well-functioning system.  Beyond a natural anti-aging skincare DIY, incorporating a regular lymph drainage massage into your routine will strengthen your immune system as well as improve your mood.