In a nutshell, Deep Lymphatic Facial Drainage & Buccal Massage is an intensely stimulating massage on both the inside and outside of your face, to release at depth, the build up of tension and stress that contorts and ages the face.
Stress interferes with the smooth flow of vital nutrients and innervation to our facial nerves which govern our body. Stress is also ageing!

What is involved with Deep Lymphatic Facial Drainage & Buccal Massage?

Deep Lymphatic Facial Drainage & Buccal Massage is a bit of a mouthful, I know.
But, Lymphatic facial drainage is not quite the full picture, as the techniques involved are specific and particular to your facial muscles at the superficial (lymphatic) level and the fascial (deeper layer) level.
That’s where the fascia deeply connects with the facial muscles, your neck and the facial nerves , all 12 of them (See below *CN 0 to CN XII) including the famed Vagus Nerve, which connects from your stomach to your brain.
Mostly gloved Fingers are used, as the main ‘tool’ of choice and because they are the most sensitive of all, with deeper and lighter pressure adjusted as required.
Some facial tools are used depending on your skin and presentation.
LED (light emitting diode)Therapy maybe used at the end of the treatment to calm down any inflammation that can occur during the treatment.
Buccal Massage, also called intra-oral release, is so much more than a massage of the cheek area from the inside of the face.
Both the inside and the outside of your face are worked at the same time, to really feel where the fascia tissue is tight and to release it.
More than just a pretty face!

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What are the benefits of a Deep Lymphatic Facial Drainage & Buccal Massage?

Female Client receiving the cupping part of a Buccal Release Massage

THP Client receiving a Buccal Release massage with Cupping therapy

  • Lymphatic drainage moves wastes from your circulatory system into the bloodstream. It also drains into the great neck veins, the thoracic duct and the right lymphatic duct just beneath the clavicle (collarbone).
    These are the areas where a good décolletage drainage is given, draining and increasing the circulation in your overall systems
  • Your diaphragm and lungs (circulatory system again) are exercised in a comfortable lying down (supine) position
  • Your parasympathetic system is activated, sending you into a state of calm bliss
  • Your facial muscles, both inside and out are expertly worked, smoothed and released
  • Your abdominal organs will be drained, stimulating visceral movement and contentment (expect to hear happy peristalsis)
  • Your jaw and other sticky points (think mastoid process under the ear) will also enjoy a letting go and realignment from all that teeth grinding in your sleep and long to-do lists that never quite get done!

The Lymphatic system is complementary to the Circulatory system.
Fluid that is forced out of the bloodstream during normal circulation is filtered through lymph nodes to remove bacteria, abnormal cells and other matter. This fluid is then transported back into the bloodstream via the lymph vessels. Generally speaking, if your circulatory system is functioning well, then so should your lymphatic system.
However, when illness enters the body and is sustained for any length of time, then the immune system and the lymphatic system can be compromised.
Therefore activity to mobilise the body is important and to reduce triggers and stressors that impact on the various systems.

What can you expect from the Deep Lymphatic Facial Drainage & Buccal Massage?

  • The entire process will be explained to you upon arrival at The Healing Practice and any areas of discomfort you may need to disclose discussed
  • Proper levels of hygiene are used and gloving is always done for the inside (intra-oral) work.
  • You will be invited to connect with your breath, so you can drop into a space of relaxation to stimulate your parasympathetic system.
  • Mostly, this treatment will be done in a calm state of quiet, as that is how you will be able to go comfortably deeper into your body and mind. If anything of discomfort does come up, then a refocus on the breath will normally settle that down and create a gentle release as well.
  • This is a therapeutic treatment with the focus on facial drainage, gentle release and stretch work in the buccal area. Fascial release in the muscles that require it and are the most hardworking. Think buccinator, jaw and clavicular and sternum areas.
  • Facial oils are used to enhance your treatment and any techniques will help the absorption into your skin.
  • The jaw (transmandibular joint / TMJ) – in particular has links to the pelvis and in women, such as after childbirth, there may be some gentle movement or realignment that might happen spontaneously.
    This is to be welcomed in a safe and trusted space, if you are able to allow it.
  • The neck or cervical spine is a major carrier of stress and tension and lymphatic drainage and gentle neck stretches will release any residual tension.
A female client receiving part of the Buccal Facial Massage on the interior of her mouth and cheeks with the therapists double gloved hands at The Healing Practice

A female client receiving part of the Buccal Facial Massage on the interior of her mouth and cheeks with the therapists gloved hands at The Healing Practice

What products do I use for your treatment?

  • I am very fond of Living Libations (a Canadian company that makes exquisite facial oils and a huge range of other products too)
  • Ritual Moringa facial oil
  • At the moment I am enjoying Antipodes range (a New Zealand company that produces an organic range of excellent products)

Who cannot be Treated?

  • Please stay home if you are sick especially with a respiratory condition
  • You have an inflamed facial condition
  • Had Botox or other facial injectables in the last 2 weeks

How to pronounce Buccal (in case you’re interested?)

According to the various online experts the pronunciation is like this: bu (as in buck) – cal (as in call).  bu-ccaul.
Its origin is Latin and means cheek. However, lots of people dislike this pronunciation, including myself, and say it like this: bu (as in bugle) – ccal (as in call).
Your choice.

What’s so interesting about the Vagus nerve ?

The vagus nerve, also called vagal nerve(s) with no clear distinction as to which is more correct, however both are used to mean the same thing, whether singular or plural. I like to write correct information however it appears to be both. Confused? Moving right along, it’s actually a pair of nerves that originates in the brainstem, travels or wanders (the latin meaning of vagus), down the left and right sides of the body, through the neck, chest and finally abdomen.

The vagus nerve, also known as the tenth cranial nervecranial nerve X, or simply CN X, is a cranial nerve that carries sensory fibers that create a pathway that interfaces with the parasympathetic control of the heartlungs, and digestive tract.[1]

The vagus nerves or vagal are the main nerves of the parasympathetic nervous system.  It used to be called the pneumogastric nerve which strikes me as more satisfactory in terms of its wandering location from brain to abdomen, and its various functions in the systems it works in.

Functions of your vagus nerve or vagal nerves subsystem

  • Your vagus nerve is triggered when you are satiated (full, without being overfull, hopefully) and enjoy a good meal. It sends that somatic happy response to your brain.
  • The vagal system has about 80-90% ‘afferent’ (sensory) nerves that relay information about the state of your body’s organs to the central nervous system. That sensory information involves your sense of touch, vision, smell, taste, hearing as well as pain and temperature.
  • The vagus nerve supplies motor parasympathetic fibers to all the organs (except the adrenal glands), from the neck down to the second segment of the transverse colon. Important to know this if you have any large intestinal discomfort so your intestinal area can be gently treated, if possible. 
  • The vagus nerve is also responsible for regulating inflammation in the body, via the inflammatory reflex.[7]
  • The vagus nerve is also responsible for varied tasks, such as heart rate,
  • Gastrointestinal peristalsis (intestinal motility, the movement of contraction of the bolus (digested food) through the gut from stomach to rectum)
  • Sweating
  • Muscle movements in the mouth via the laryngeal nerve, including speech
  • Innervates the outer ear and part of the meninges (protective layers around the brain and spinal cord)
  • It’s responsible for the gag reflex and can cause vomiting
  • Stimulation of the vagus nerve in the cervix uteri (as in some medical procedures) can lead to a vasovagal response. That response can look like: light-headedness, nausea, urgent need to sit down or lie down to aid recovery and will pass.

*12 Nerves:

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Claire [@] The Healing
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