Dry Skin Brushing
What is Dry Skin Brushing?
It has been called many things: Dry Skin Brushing, Skin Brushing, Body Brushing, Exfoliation Brushing, Lymphatic Brushing, to name a few. As the names suggests, the technique involves lightly brushing the surface of the skin order to improve or enhance health.
Some say the technique originates from ancient China and is based on the concepts of acupuncture and acupressure. These teachings focus on points spread out over the surface of the skin. When these special points are stimulated, chi (or “life force”) flows through energy channels, called meridians, which then enhances the activity of organs, glands, and muscles.
What are the benefits of dry skin brushing?
Skin is the largest organ of the body. It consists of countless pores which often become clogged with dirt, toxins and pollutants. By exfoliating the skin, which involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface, we help rid the body of these accumulated build-ups, including cellular build-ups. Dry skin brushing also assists in the function of the sweat and oil glands by stimulating the skin’s ability to lubricate itself with sebum (the oil that our skin makes, which moistens and protects).
Dry Skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which consists of tissues and organs that produce, store and carry white blood cells which fight infection and disease. Body-brushing can help prevent lymph stagnation so that fluids, excess proteins, cells and toxins don’t accumulate.
Dry Skin brushing increases blood circulation in all organs and tissues, especially in the tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin, called capillaries. It also helps the skin improve its ability to rid the system of toxins. This places less of a burden on the organs.
Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the entire nervous system by stimulating nerve endings. It has also been known to reduce cellulite deposits. It can improve overall health and boost your immune system, while also toning, smoothing and tightening your skin.
Who should do it?
Anyone interested in enhancing their wellness.
People with limited mobility or who are bed-ridden – they can often avoid bed sores by body brushing. Consult your doctor.
What you need:
A long-handled natural fiber dry skin brushing brush. This will enable to access hard-to-reach areas of your body, such as your back.
Shower or bath tub.
How to do it:
Dry Skin brushing is generally done in the bath tub or shower – prior to bathing and on dry skin. Allow yourself the time to do a thorough job. It should take at least several minutes to brush your entire body. Brush in the direction of the heart. Follow the written instructions or simply look at the pictures on the right.
When done, have your shower or bath to remove the dead skin and waste materials.
Some say alternating the water temperatures while showering, or following your warm bath with a cool rinse, further stimulates your circulation. Always apply a high quality moisturizer after body brushing.
Avoid dry skin brushing skin that is irritated (rashes, burns, cuts or wounds).
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