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The Sinus Drainage Self-Massage Technique That Will Change Your Life This Cold And Flu Season

You know the feeling. You can’t sleep because every time you lay down you can’t breathe through your nose. Your head feels like it is in a vice and you sound seriously nasally (at least it’s a bit sexy though right?)

Having a cold or flu isn’t fun at the best of times, but when your nose becomes a dripping tap and the threat of suffocating to death due to mucus build up is almost a reality, things start to get a little dicey.

But don’t worry, we have you covered this cold and flu season.

Try this sinus drainage self-massage technique that will clear your sinus quickly and effectively when it matters the most.

Our lovely Dr Gracie demonstrates below …

 Sinus Drainage Self-Massage Technique

  1. Using massage oil or cream, gently kneed the area behind your collar bones. This wakes up the bundle of supra-clavicular lymph nodes in preparation for drainage.
  2. Again, with some cream or oil, gentle massage 3 – 5 times in one fluid line from behind your ear, under your jaw and towards your chin.
  3. Now stroke down from the front side of your neck to the base of your collar bone 3 – 5 times
  4. Kneed the lymph nodes behind your collar bone once again
  5. Now move to the face. Apply gentle strokes from the center of your forehead, above the eye brows and towards the ‘temples’
  6. Next stoke from the bridge of your nose, under your cheek bones and towards the ear

For best results, repeat step 1 – 6 multiple times.

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*Before utilising this technique, soften the mucus using an apple cider vinegar (1TBS) in warm water (1 cup) solution.

Mix the solution, put a little in your hand and very gently (important) ‘snort’ up the solution one nostril at a time. Be careful not to inhale too hard or fast to ensure the solution doesn’t move too far up the nasal canal. Blow your nose once you have completed both sides. Repeat if necessary.



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  1. Melissa says
    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:18 AM

    Yes lymphatic drainage is great for sinus problems. It helps break up the congestion for sure . Even though it's marshmallow pressure it is effective. 😁

    • Open Space Healing says
      Mar 11, 2019 at 2:22 AM

      Thanks for commenting Melissa! Glad you found it useful.

  2. Nikki says
    Mar 12, 2019 at 5:17 AM

    Wow! The apple cider vinegar is so intense yet very helpful. Still in chronic sinus pain on my left side but I can feel if I keep at this today I will feel relief. Thank you!

    • says
      Mar 25, 2019 at 10:47 AM

      YAY! So thrilled it has been helpful to you. A little Cayenne pepper on the tip of the tongue while 'panting' over the sink also helps too .. might make the eyes water a little though hehe. OH .. and getting adjusted will help too ;)

  3. Kaleem says
    Apr 15, 2019 at 10:21 PM

    This thing really works. Thank you very much. Can I do this while in steam rooms?

    • says
      Apr 16, 2019 at 3:51 PM

      So glad to hear it helped! Absolutely you could do it in a steam room, a warm steamy shower works well too :)

  4. Sowmz says
    May 28, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    This helped a little but I still had some pain on my upper left teeth and gums from the pressure. Any methods to relieve that?

    • says
      May 29, 2019 at 11:49 AM

      Sounds painful! It sounds like you may even have some form of tooth or hum infection if you are feeling pain around these areas. You could try applying food grade peppermint essential oil and a few whole gloves (or glove oil) on a cotton bud and then put the cotton bud directly over the tooth/gum area and see if this helps. I hope that helps, good luck! P.S If things get worse it may be worth getting it checked by your health care practitioner :)

  5. Wahdan Arum Inawati says
    Jul 29, 2019 at 6:24 AM

    how to apply gentle strokes from the center of your forehead?

    • says
      Aug 05, 2019 at 11:19 AM

      Using cream, move your fingers from the middle of your eyes, slide above your eyebrows and towards to direction of your temples. :) Hope this helps! Jacinta

  6. Melissa P says
    Jan 18, 2020 at 3:45 AM

    Hello, thank you for this! I have a Sinus infection that laid dormant and unnoticeable for so long that it actually developed an abscess in my maxillary sinus cavity. The entire right side of my face blew up from right under the eye down ..I've been on antibiotics for 5 days and the swelling is mostly gone except for right over the sinus cavity but no pain relief or mucous coming out. This is definitely breaking it up. I can taste it running down my throat it's disgusting lol. sorry for that info. I know it's gross but it's true. Any other suggestions to help relive and break up this golf ball size lump in my face while the antibiotics do what they're slowly doing?

    • says
      Jan 20, 2020 at 9:01 AM

      Hi Melissa, so glad to hear this technique is helping you! In our experience avoiding mucus causing foods such as dairy can be helpful! As well as steaming using a Neti Pot to break down the abscess. Hope that helps :) Jacinta | OSH

  7. Igbudu Blessing says
    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Our sinuses and ears are connected by way of your Eustachian tubes. So, if they get clogged or inflamed, then you can feel awful pressure and congestion in both of them at the same time. Your article has been enlightening and fun to read and I am grateful so thank you for sharing. You would love this article.

    • says
      Feb 11, 2020 at 8:16 AM

      Thankyou for your comment :)

  8. Roman M says
    Jan 30, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Amazing article and good information which is very helpful about Sinus. I also have some problems with my ear and throat and was showing to an ent doctor nyc and I do accept as true with that you have to show yourself to a particular expert for you trouble, in preference to displaying to an ordinary clinical medical doctor. because health is wealth

  9. ShellionessLove says
    Feb 23, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    I came across this article while looking online to see what in the world I did the other day that cleared my sinuses. I had the worst headache and was rubbing my temples and it seemed that the headache was moving towards my sinuses and I just wanted relief so I rubbed my temples down to the middle of my forehead right between the eyes then down to where my tear ducts are. Then I just kept going over and under my eyes and to right above my ears and applied more pressure there then my fingers behind my ears to right below my earlobes and down. I thought I was relieving a bad headache but then I felt this flood of something in my throat and I gagged. It was mucus. Yuck. But I had no idea I was doing this and I now find out that what I did was a lymph node/sinus draining technique. Wow!!! Humans are very amazing when it comes to trying to relive pains and aches and unknown to me a head cold naturally lol. Thank you for this. It solidified the fact that I knew what I was doing.

    • says
      Mar 09, 2020 at 9:46 AM

      So glad to hear it worked well for you. Our bodeis truly are amazing!

    • Ty says
      Mar 12, 2020 at 9:55 AM

      Lol funny, I was thinking something similar. While I was massaging from my ear to my chin, I starting free styling and I had my hand in such a comfortable position, it felt so natural and I thought “wow, I wonder how long face massages have been around... this just feels right. ” Lol. And I could finally breathe. I never get a bunch of drainage although I get frequent sinus infections, I've even been recommended saline rinses by my dr, but I may buy some ACV to try.

  10. Carmen Erazo says
    May 02, 2020 at 11:57 PM

    Four weeks of, sinus hell! Thick greenish/yellow mucus, right sided severe headaches, ear ache, pressure, trouble breathing, nasal blockage, blowing my nose so hard, almost passing out, debilitating fatigue, sore throat, choking cough, and needless to say, miserable! Have taken, benedryl, claritan, excedrin, nyquil, aleve, aspirin, mucinex, allegra, copious amounts of Vit C, multi vits, lemon water, green tea w/fresh squeezed lemon, acv, and honey, along with sinus massaging, neti potting, salt water gargling, steamy showers with little to no avail. Finally went to ER, got rx for Augmentin 750mg 2x/day. This is day 2 since ER, still as miserable. Read this article, did the massages, feel 80 friggin % better already!!!! Holy caca! I could've saved a lot of money, pain, and misery, had I found this sooner. I just can't thank you enough!!! I am thankful, grateful and sincerely appreciative for people like you! We must share and spread this article as much as possible. Again, gracias 💯%!!

    • says
      May 05, 2020 at 8:23 AM

      This is wonderful! So happy to worked for you :)

    Aug 25, 2020 at 2:55 AM

    Tried self lymphatic drainage massage when I start getting sick but always struggle with the method. Your photos and instructions are excellent. I have watched some you tube videos, but your still shots clearly show the area. You also perfectly describe the technique in simple straightforward terms. Thanks.

    Aug 25, 2020 at 2:55 AM

    Tried self lymphatic drainage massage when I start getting sick but always struggle with the method. Your photos and instructions are excellent. I have watched some you tube videos, but your still shots clearly show the area. You also perfectly describe the technique in simple straightforward terms. Thanks.

    • says
      Mar 31, 2021 at 10:57 AM

      So glad you have enjoyed them :)

  13. Kaz says
    Nov 27, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    Can you use the acv mix in a neti pot, or just for the 'snort' method?

    • says
      Mar 31, 2021 at 10:56 AM

      ACV should work well also if it is diluted enough :)

  14. Bethany Jane says
    Jan 22, 2021 at 3:06 AM

    I really appreciate this information! I am in California and was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. I am also pregnant, so I am trying not to take any medications. My symptoms are mostly mimicking a head cold with sinus pressure. I tried this technique tonight and, so far, it feels like things are clearing up. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • says
      Mar 31, 2021 at 10:55 AM

      So glad it helped!

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