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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

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