Dry brushing. Maybe you’ve heard of it in a health magazine years ago, or a friend mentioned it in your last fitness class. But what is it really? And how can it benefit you?
Dry brushing is a technique that has been used for thousands of years as a health practice to remove old skin, regenerate new healthy skin, and detoxify your lymphatic system. Here are 10 reasons why you should give this simple practice a try.
- Dry Brushing stimulates the glands located around your body such as the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, etc. helping them wake up, function properly and work they way they are supposed to.
- Dry Brushing removes old dead skin. Removing old skin helps your skin breath optimally and glow the way that it’s supposed to.
- Dry Brushing stimulates new skin growth. The semi-rough bristle action of the dry brush on your skin is going to help stimulate your skin to produce new skin cells. This helps regenerate new beautiful skin for that amazing youthful vibrancy!
- Dry Brushing helps the lymphatic system move and detoxify. Our lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump in the same way that the other fluid in our body, the blood, does. Our lymphatic system depends on muscle movement to help the fluid get to where it needs to go to be filtered and eliminated out of the body. Dry brushing is a gentle movement over the lymphatic system that can benefit immensely in getting the lymphatic fluids to the detoxification organs that filter the fluid and eventually expel it out of the body.
- Dry Brushing can help reduce cellulite by breaking up some of the stored toxins underneath the skin to smooth things out.
- Dry Brushing enhances blood circulation.
- Dry Brushing clears up the skin from dead skin, toxins and debris to be able to absorb nutrients, sunlight, and be able to breath better.
- Dry Brushing helps stimulate and rejuvenate the nervous system, making the nerves right underneath the skin much more responsive.
- Dry Brushing relieves stress. The slow brushing of the skin is soothing and relaxing. Most people who finish a session of dry brushing feel like it’s a meditation in and of itself, leaving you feeling calm and relaxed.
- Dry Brushing improves digestive and kidney function. Improving the circulation of the fluids in the body greatly effects the function of the elimination organs. When you help move those fluids towards these organs, they can move through their cycle quicker and keep your body cleaner overall.
How to begin: You can find an inexpensive dry brush at almost any health food store, or online. You’ll do this practice with a dry brush and dry skin right before you shower. Begin by brushing the bottoms of the feet gently, then use brush strokes up the body always in the direction of the torso. From the hands, work your way up the arms towards the torso as well. Brush the stomach in a clockwise circular direction. Work your way around the rest of your body covering all areas, being careful to not dry brush sensitive areas such as the face and breasts. Go in circular movements wherever there are lymph nodes to help stimulate detoxification, such as the armpit area. Once you’ve covered the whole body, you’re done!
Repeat this practice three to four times a week or daily for incredible rejuvenation of your skin, leaving it softer, smoother, and feeling ten years younger!