WHAT IS DRY BRUSHING?!
Your skin, the largest organ in the human body, is an organ of elimination. One third of your body's toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing can help to unclog pores, increase circulation and slough off toxins and dead skin cells.
The tradition of dry brushing has been employed for many centuries by various cultures throughout the world. In Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is recommended as a means to prevent stagnation and encourage healthy circulation and flow.
Exfoliation - This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin and increasing circulation.
Lymphatic Support - The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body, helping the body detoxify itself more efficiently.
To get started, follow the simple steps below:
Purchase a natural (not synthetic) bristle brush with a long handle so it can reach all areas of your body. I found mine here.
Using the dry brush, swipe the brush over skin in long, brisk motions and complete the following steps:
1. Begin with the front side of the body. At the feet, work briskly up each leg and thigh toward the heart. Focus on working into the pelvic ligament area for maximum benefit of lymphatic flow and drainage.
2. Then, repeat upward sweeping motions on the back of the legs, starting at the calves and moving up toward the upper thigh with the same brisk movements.
3. Next, dry brush each arm on both sides moving toward the armpit area for maximum benefit of lymphatic flow and drainage. The underside of the arm can be sensitive so move cautiously in this area.
4. Dry brush the side of the abdominal area, moving toward the pelvic area from the oblique in a downward motion. When working on the abdomen itself, you want to work in a clockwise circular motion, encouraging the flow of digestion.
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Most people say that morning is best because they find dry brushing to be energizing. However, a slightly less intense session can be very relaxing before bed, so do what works best with your schedule. Regarding frequency, some people dry brush a few times per week, while others dry brush daily. It’s best to start slow – a couple of times a week – and work up to a point that feels right for you.
** It is important not to dry brush the face, neck, genitals, and chest. This is in keeping with Ayurvedic tradition although other sources may recommend brushing some of these areas. In addition, any sensitive areas should be avoided or places where the skin is inflamed or broken.