Dry Skin Brushing Technique
Dry Skin Brushing is a lovely, simple technique that helps stimulate your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing and processing toxins that have either come from the environment or are a natural by-product from cellular metabolism within the body. Unlike the circulatory system which has the heart as its pump, the lymphatic system relies on muscular movement to move the lymphatic fluid through the system. When the lymphatic system is sluggish, your immune system may become affected.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and the second organ of detoxification after the liver, brushing it increases the ability of your skin to eliminate toxins, making it easier for your whole body to shed wastes. Dry skin brushing also rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin, which in turn leads to healthier muscle tone.
The technique is also an excellent exfoliation tool, removing dead cells from the surface of the skin and helping to improve cell regeneration.
Furthermore, dry skin brushing assists in stimulating blood circulation, thereby increasing oxygen and nutrients to the skin. With dead cells removed, trapped toxic wastes can be more easily excreted through the skin.
Your immune system may be improved along with increased toxin removal, improved muscle tone and a healthier skin.
To start you will need a brush with natural bristles. You can buy these at Woolies or over the internet.
It’s best to dry skin brush on a daily basis before a bath or shower.
- Start by brushing the soles of the feet and then the whole body by brushing with circular strokes all over, towards the heart.
- Concentrate the strokes in areas where there are a lot of lymph nodes such as; under the arms, in the groin area, around the base of the neck, over the sacrum at the lower part of your back.
- You can concentrate on any areas that feel ‘sore’ as you may be holding onto toxins there, but build up slowly to this, so you don’t detoxify too fast. Finish by brushing the stomach in a clockwise circle to follow and encourage the movement of digestion.
- Avoid any sensitive, irritated, infected or damaged areas of the skin and avoid facial skin as well.
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