Lymphatic Massage Vs. Traditional Massage
Skin Bar NYC is introducing a Lymphatic massage to our spa this month. A lymphatic massage session lasts about 10-15 minutes. That’s the same amount of time it takes to perform our traditional hand/decollete massage in our facials.
My members, who know it has been coming, have asked me, what is a Lymphatic Massage? And how is that different from the massage I am used to at Skin Bar NYC? So, I decided to write a blog to help explain.
Massages do two things.
They provide a relaxation response and a physical response. We’re all familiar with the relaxation response. That’s the feeling you get when your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure go down. This causes a decrease in stress hormones and allows your muscles to relax. It’s the feeling you get after a massage that makes you feel like you can take on the world.
The physical response improves circulation and relaxes tissues. The manipulation of tissue helps release serotonin, a chemical naturally produced by your body that enhances mood and thoughts.
So what’s the difference?
In traditional massage, your skincare specialist is applying manual pressure to reach the muscular layer of tissue. Lymphatic massage conversely uses gentle pressure to stimulate the lymph system just below the dermis.
A traditional massage relaxes muscles, tendons, and deeper connective tissues. The massage begins with the application of oil or lotion, which aids your skincare specialist’s manual hand motions. A series of movements and pressure points are performed in sequence to achieve the highest level of relaxation. Now you’re ready to take on the world.
The Lymphatic system moves waste and toxins through a network of vessels originating around the face and neck. Lymphatic drainage imitates your body’s gentle wave-like pulsing motion to transfer waste, toxins, and access fluids through the system and out of the body. This gentle pressure is what makes the lymphatic massage so relaxing during the session.
As the lymph system’s pathways begin to remove excess fluids and toxins, you will have brighter, healthier skin and reduced inflammation and puffiness on the face.
What massage is best for me?
It depends on your preference. If you like deeper pressure, then a traditional massage will most likely be the right choice for you. But, if you have concerns about puffiness, dark circles around the eyes, or breakouts, then a lymphatic massage will help improve your skin’s health.
And if you still aren’t sure, why not try both? Then pick the one that is best for you and do it consistently. I recommend one of these massage treatments with your facial at least once a month. But it’s safe to do every week.
If you have more questions about massage options at Skin Bar NYC, feel free to call us. You can speak to a skincare specialist anytime.