I’d heard of dry brushing, but never tried it until I went to Travaasa Spa in Austin back in September. (I really need to blog about that trip because it was an AH-MA-ZING AdvoCare ladies trip.) I fell in love with it (yes, definitely the spa, but also dry brushing!) and was excited when they gave us a brush to bring home with us. Since then I have learned more about the benefits, & now I’m convinced everyone needs to do it.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and responsible for 1/4 of the body’s detoxification each day. It is also known as our “third kidney.” The skin receives 1/3 of all blood circulated in the body. Although it is the last to receive nutrients in the body, it is the first to show signs of imbalances and deficiencies.
Dry brushing deals with detoxification of the skin. It is a way to stimulate other organs through gentle massage, prevent dry skin & exfoliate to renew it. There are several other benefits too. (I have a document I can email you with explanations of each of the benefits. You can email me if you’d like me to send it to ya.)
Benefits of Dry Brushing:
- Removes cellulite
- Cleanses the lymphatic system
- Removes dead skin layers
- Strengthens the immune system
- Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
- Tightens the skin preventing premature aging
- Tones the muscles
- Stimulates circulation
- Improves the function of the nervous system
- Helps digestion
- It’s easy, inexpensive, & invigorating
How to Dry Brush:
- Move toward the heart 7 times each area.
- Begin with your feet and brush vigorously 7 times from toes to heel.
- Continue brushing up your legs.
- Proceed to your hands and arms.
- Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
- Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
- Lightly brush the breasts.
- Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck.
Tips & Tricks:
- Always dry brush naked before a shower because you’ll want to wash off impurities from the skin.
- Use long, sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards to help drain the lymph back to your heart.
Note: Stroking away from your heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels
- Avoid sensitive areas or anywhere the skin is broken. (skin rash, wounds, cuts, infections, poison ivy/oak, etc.)
- Use light pressure where the skin is thin & harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.
- Finish up with your regular shower and ending with three hot and cold cycles. (as hot as you can take it for a few seconds, then as cold as you can take it for a few seconds…to further stimulate blood circulation.)
- After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with a non-toxic lotion. You can always make your own body butter!
- Clean your brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.
- It takes around 30 days to see and experience the changes. Be patient and keep up the program! For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of 3 months.