Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Relieve Sinus Pressure with Massage

     'Tis the season to experience cold symptoms!  One of those symptoms being sinus congestion and pressure can wreak havoc on your body.  And if you're having a stuffy nose, sniffing in is just going to add to the pressure already there.  One of the ways to relieve all of this pressure and congestion is through massage therapy.

     Two of the benefits of massage is an increase of circulation and the relaxation of muscles and fascia.  (Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds absolutely everything in your body.) There are different massage techniques that can combat sinus pressure.  And one of those techniques is Lymphatic Drainage. 

     Lymphatic Drainage gives your lymphatic system a "tune up." By manually stimulating the increased flow of lymphatic fluid, it can reinvigorate your immune system and sweep out any harmful toxins.  Specific lymphatic drainage procedures can relax your facial muscles and open up your sinus passageways to allow the removal of congestive material within that area.  A draining will literally take effect, and you will start to feel clear again.  Lymphatic drainage allows the body to heal itself the way it's supposed to.  It helps it along.

     Another way to massage away sinus pressure and congestion is through Trigger Point Therapy.  There are specific pressure points on the face that when pressed, or triggered, can release the congestive material from your sinuses, and help drain them away.  The pressure points that I like to trigger when massaging someone's face is at/along the eye orbit closest to the nose, as well as at the corners of each nostril, and along the apples of the cheeks.  I then do a sweeping motion towards the ears to allow the draining to occur more easily.

     And you don't need to be dealing with a cold in order to receive a massage designed for sinuses alone.  By getting your face massaged when you're feeling well will help to prevent your sinuses from "filling up" once a cold hits.  Getting regular massage trains your body to relax, and if your facial muscles are already relaxed, you'll be able to breathe easier! So, come in and get a massage! Like I said: 'Tis the season!