Dry Brushing Technique: The Benefits of Dry Brushing
There’s a lot of buzz in the health and wellness circles right now about the benefits of dry body brushing, and I can understand why: I have been dry body brushing every day for a year now and I am IN LOVE with this technique. It has completely changed the look and feel of my skin from dull and dry to looking brighter and softer; my skin feels alive and more stimulated.
The organ that we are mainly stimulating through dry body brushing is the skin. Not only is it our largest organ, but it is the organ that we have most exposure to. So we can easily stimulate the skin with dry body brushing which is great because we obviously can't get into the liver, kidneys or digestive system directly. But we do have access to the skin.
The skin works as a barrier to our organs but what happens is that many us have lymphatic stagnation. Lymphatic stagnation is the immune system part of our body, so we can also stimulate and detoxify through the skin the lymph, while we're also providing benefits to the skin.
THE DETOXIFICATION PROCESS
Dry body brushing and detoxing is a perfect combination. I first came across it when I completed a ten day juice cleanse with the Natural Instinct Healing Centre in Bali. One of the daily rituals on this cleanse that stood out for me was the dry body brushing. I learned how we can cleanse our systems of toxins on the inside and out. Very simply, we have our main detoxification organs: the liver which breaks everything down and the kidneys which filter the blood and which is what we mainly rely on for good detoxification. If we are backed up on detoxification, we go to our secondary detoxification organ which is the skin, that's why we see so many skin problems such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. This is all the stagnation and backed up detoxification in the lymphatic system if we are holding onto the toxins. So with dry body brushing we can get all this moving.
The thing I love most about dry body brushing is it really does help promote circulation. We ignite and stimulate the skin, the lymphatic system, the detoxification pathway and we see improvements in the nervous system.
Some of the many other natural health benefits for dry body brushing are:
- Tightening of the skin
- Reduction of cellulite
- Skin exfoliation
- Encouragement of new cell renewal
- Toning the muscles
- Increase in energy
- Improvement of digestion
- Increases lymphatic flow
The beauty of dry body brushing is that anybody can do it and it makes a HUGE difference.
I suggest from my experience is to always use a plant bristle body brush such as Tampico or Sisal bristle from the cactus plant as the bristles provide the best exfoliation and stimulation for your skin. They are the highest quality, long lasting and don’t scratch the skin.
The best time to dry body brush is before bathing. You will always start with your feet moving towards your heart because that is the way the lymphatic system goes. Using small strokes:
- Begin with your feet
- Continue brushing up your legs
- Proceed to your hands and arms
- Move to your neck and chest
- Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen
- Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck.
I like to use an invigorating essential oil such as peppermint or lemon after I come out from the shower to continue the healthy glow.
You will feel light, energised and your skin will be glowing.
Your body will love you for it!