Dry Skin Brushing – Stimulate + Invigorate

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For a little more than a year I’ve been Dry Skin Brushing. When I first heard about it from an Ayurvedic Specialist, my first thought was, “What is this? Oh yeah, of course it’s to get rid of dry skin. Makes sense.” But, not until I started “dry skin brushing” properly, did I realize how absolutely amazing it is!

So, What Is It? In Dr. Jack Soltanoff’s book, “Natural Healing”, he explains that “dry skin brushing is based upon ancient Chinese principles of acupuncture & acupressure. By applying pressure to the acupuncture points, the entire nervous system is stimulated & invigorated. The beneficial aspects are directly conveyed to every organ, gland, muscle and ligament in your body.” THE BOTTOM LINE: Dry skin brushing affects your entire body in the best way.

The skin is an organ – it’s actually the largest eliminative organ of the body. Every day it has the potential to eliminate about a pound of waste products in the form of sweat. Dry brushing helps to open up the pores to release this waste or toxins.

The Benefits:

  • buffs away dead skin
  • reduces cellulite
  • tones & tightens the skin
  • stimulates blood flow, which helps move oxygen to all parts of the body
  • increase energy level (so especially helpful to do in the AM.)
  • improves breathing as the lungs are able to open more fully
  • improves mental clarity
  • helps with digestion
  • strengthens immune system
  • if you skip a workout or don’t eat so well,  dry brushing will help you feel significantly better

Now that it’s a part of my daily, morning ritual, I do it first thing when I start to get ready for the day. After sleeping & being stagnant, it helps me feel energized & refreshed. On the days I forget to do it, I don’t feel as great & I miss it!

Brush&coconutoilHow to Do It:

You Need: A brush made with natural, hard bristles. I bought mine at Whole Foods & this is a good one.

When to Do It: Preferably in the morning when getting ready for the day. Skin must be dry so do before working out and/or taking a shower.

Where: Standing up in the bath or in the shower.

How To: (Note: Always brush towards the heart)

1. The Legs.

  • Brush 15 strokes from toes to ankles over both the sole & top of foot.
  • Brush 15 strokes from ankles to knees – front & back of leg.
  • Focus on the back of the knee.
  • Brush 15 strokes from knees to thighs – front & back.
  • Make circular movements over thighs & buttocks (cellulite tends to accumulate in those areas). *Repeat on other leg.

2. The Arms.

  • Brush 15 strokes from fingers to wrist – front & back of hand & between fingers.
  • Brush 15 strokes wrist to elbow – front & back of arm.
  • Circular movements over shoulders & armpits.
  • Brush 15 strokes elbow to shoulder – front & back. *Repeat on other arm.

3. The Stomach.

  • Careful circular clockwise brushing.

4. The Neck.

  • Brush down towards the heart.

5. The Back.

  • Brush long firm strokes downwards towards the groin.

Post-Dry Brushing: Skin tends to be a little drier after brushing, so moisturizing the skin with an organic, cold pressed oil, like coconut, olive, jojoba or sesame oil, is perfect. Massage into the skin in the same direction as you did while brushing, always moving towards the heart.

I hope you enjoy! I’d love to hear your comments + questions.

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