DRY BRUSHING 101
Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? Dry brushing your skin daily helps keep your skin clear of debris, by loosening dead cells, stimulating acupressure points, promoting lymph movement, boosting your immune system, improving circulation and making your skin soft and smooth. It also helps reduce and break up cellulite.
I have recently read that we dump about a pound of waste from our skin on a daily basis. Dr. Bernard Jensen, a well-known holistic practitioner, did an analysis of skin debris resulting from skin brushing, and was shocked by all the chemicals and heavy metals that were mixed in with the skin cells. As a result, he became a huge advocate of dry skin brushing for detoxification of the body, and practiced it on himself until he died.
When your skin is clogged, your body will reabsorb the toxins rather than eliminate them. Because dry brushing promotes circulation of the skin, it will also provide oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. Now don't you want to invigorate the skin naturally without using topicals? Not to mention it's inexpensive and easy to do.
It’s important to use a natural bristle brush or loofah, which can be found at any health food store or online. I have even seen loofah gloves, which will allow you to use both hands. You will need to make sure to clean your brush (or gloves) once a week with soap and water and let dry.
HOW TO BRUSH
University of Maryland Medical Center's website suggests brushing the entire body, beginning at the feet, use long upward strokes moving toward your heart. Brush your arms with the same intention, toward your armpits and heart. You can throw in some circular motions around the upper thighs and bum, paying special attention to the dimply areas. It is not recommended to brush on compromised or broken skin (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, etc.). Always be gentle.
Performing dry skin brushing before taking a shower or bath allows you wash away dead skin. Be kind, especially around sensitive areas. You can brush your face and armpits too, but use a brush or scrubbing cloth designed for that area. A dry washcloth works perfectly.
Angelique is a professional massage therapist, specializing in therapeutic bodywork that breaks through physical injuries, chronic muscular problems and joint pain. Angelique will use her professional bodywork techniques to help you toward physical fitness, mental and emotional well-being, relief from chronic pain, and adjustment to lifestyle changes.