An "Almost No" Exercise for Lymphatic Drainage.
A do-it-yourself alternative body therapy to release everyday tension
(little or no training required)
TAKE A DEEP BREATH. DRINK WATER. MOVE. "These are the three most vital
and basic ways we can take care of ourselves;' says Jennifer Absey,
R.N., a certified massage therapist in Woodland Hills, Calif., "but
they're also the very things we tend to stop doing when we get
Anxiety and tension stimulate the release of stress hormones like
adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol. That's fine in dealing with
short-term stressors. But when we sustain a high stress level for an
extended time, these hormones begin to interfere with the body's natural
healing abilities. Over time, a high level of stress can weaken tendons
and ligaments, thin bones, cause muscle spasms, elevate blood pressure,
increase cholesterol production and disrupt digestion, among many other
negative effects. To save your sanity and your health, it's vital that
you put a stop to this stress cycle.
Start by making "breathe, drink, move" a daily mantra. Eat properly,
even when you don't feel like it. Meditate. Try forms of exercise that
offer mental as well as physical benefits, such as yoga or t'ai chi. And
make regular of the following do-it-yourself body therapy designed to
put the stress response on pause and allow your body to regain its
NOTE: Avoid any type of manual therapy if you have a fever, active
cancer, swelling of unknown origin or any other special concern; if in
doubt, ask your physician.
WHAT TO DO:
1. Position your hands at the center of each collarbone (clavicle) and
away from the center of the neck. The fingers should be only slightly
spread, and pointing upward.
2. Applying gentle pressure (equal to about the weight of a nickel), use
the pads (not tips) of your fingers to sequentially press gently inward
toward the middle of your body for 3 seconds, then outward for 3
seconds, moving like ocean waves upon the shore. Release for 3 seconds,
then repeat 4 or more times. This will open the entire lymph system.
3. Next, move to the temple area. Place your fingers in the slight
depression at the sides of your eyes. Using the same nickel-weight
force, draw the pads of your fingers back toward the tops of your ears.
Perform 5 very light, gentle and slow strokes; do this at least 2 more
4. Repeat the clavicle therapy (step 2) and continue as desired. You
can perform this therapy 2 to 3 times per day.