The other day my sister told me to head over to one of our favorite sites, The Lovers Blog, to read her post about Dry Brushing (she knew it would be right up my alley). I started doing research on the benefits of dry brushing and found that not only is it an amazing exfoliator and regeneration technique for the skin, but it’s an awesome cleansing method for the lymphatic system. The Lymphatic System aids the immune system, removes toxins and works with our circulatory system to deliver nutrients, oxygen, and hormones from the blood to the cells that make up our tissue (See: Understanding the Lymphatic System for more info). The health benefits go on and on. It’s even been said to reduce signs of cellulite. Some experts have very specific instructions on how to dry brush and others just simply say to do a quick brushing in the morning before your shower. Here’s what I’ve been doing… First of all, be sure to use a natural bristle brush…maybe with a longer handle so you can get to hard to reach areas on the back. At first, the bristles may be a little rough for the skin, but over time you’ll adjust and you’re skin will feel fine. Start from the bottom (your feet) and work your way up towards your heart, moving with your Lymphatic System (up the legs, up the arms, down the chest, down the back and so on). This is a great way to start your day, as it’s pretty energizing. Do a quick brushing and then jump into a luke warm shower to rinse off all of the dead skin. Use a natural, gentle soap (this book has great recipes if you’re interested in making your own) and then use something to lock in the moisture once you’re out of the shower. I love using pure organic coconut oil. You’ll be cleansed, refreshed, have baby soft skin, and smell lovely too! Happy Dry Brushing!
the technique of brushing from the extremities towards the heart-center is mirrored in the ancient art of abhyanga, oiled self-massage, as expounded in ayurveda. also best practiced in the mornings, the most suitable oils depend on one’s dosha, or energetic balance. my vata (predominant) dosha dictates sesame, almond, mustard, and ashwaganda oils to be beneficial for balance and pacification of overabundant dosha.
i would imagine that both practices be beneficial, if one has the time… in which case we all do!