NCTV Episode 12

Continuing with the series of bitesize health tip videos which can be found here on my YouTube Channel, this episode, includes:-

  • About pollen
  • The effects of sinus blockage
  • Miyagi Heat
  • The 6 Step Facial Drainage Sinus Release Technique
  • The benefits of performing this on yourself


If you’d prefer to read the content within, rather than watch the video, then feel free to read the transcript, as follows:-

Hello and welcome to NCTV Episode 12 and the 10th week of UK Lockdown.

With the gradual easing of restrictions here, people are now able to get out a little more which is great. However, for the hay fever sufferers this can continue to be a challenging time but for a different reason.

May is typically prime pollen time, particularly from grass and trees and as a result the sinuses can easily become blocked, painful and inflamed.

So today I wanted to provide you with some facial drainage and sinus release techniques you can perform on yourself, to help relieve the associated symptoms. This can also be helpful to clear congestion if you’re suffering from of a cold.

Before we begin though, I should say that this is only one of many different ways to relieve sinus blockages and it may not work for everyone, however, it can be very fast and effective for those who do respond well to it.

Be sure to apply whatever pressure feels right for you, the technique is supposed to be performed gently anyway but if you feel it’s too painful then either lighten the pressure or stop.

So to begin, it’s always good to start with warm hands if you can, so create some Miyagi heat, like so… those who have seen Karate Kid will know what I’m talking about.

Next, you can either perform this dry or with something like coconut oil but be careful not to get any in the eyes.

So now we’re ready, lets dive straight in with the 6 step facial drainage, sinus release technique…

Sinus Self-Drainage

  1. Start by kneeding the area just above and behind the collar bone on both sides for 10 seconds to stimulate the lymph nodes and prepare them for drainage.
  2. To initiate the drainage process, tap the sinuses above the eyebrows, down between the eyes and nose, under the eyes and out from the nose to the cheek bones, repeat this process for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Use one or two fingers to then massage the sinuses, starting above the eyebrow in a circular motion working your way down your nose towards your lips. Then massage from your eyebrow out towards your ear and along your jawline to you chin. Move under the jaw and massage downwards towards the neck. Repeat both sides for 30 seconds to a minute.
  4. Tap around the bone behind the ear at the base of the skull for 10 seconds.
  5. Stroke down the side of the neck from behind the ears to the collar bone, five times each side.
  6. To finish, massage starting between the eyebrows, move outwards, under the eyes towards the nose, then outwards underneath the cheek bones, down towards the jawbone, along the front of the jaw to your chin, move under then chin then move outwards towards the angle of the jawbone and drain down the neck towards the collar bone. Repeat 5 times, adjusting your application points as necessary

…So there you have it. By releasing the sinuses you’ll be encouraging lymphatic drainage, as well as mucus build up and this can help to reduce sinus related headaches.

You may need to perform the technique several times a day and it can be adapted to focus more on a particular problem area if need be.

So hopefully you’ll be able to breath and sleep a little easier now.

That’s all for today, I’ll be back next week for another useful bitesize bit to help your health flourish, bye bye.