Dry Brushing 101

What is dry skin brushing?

Dry skin brushing is a simple way of helping your body feel fresh, energized, at ease, and healthier over all!

Dry skin brushing involves using a stiff-bristled brush to stroke the skin, stimulating the lympatic vessels, nerves, and muscle tissue that lie just below the surface of the skin. Benefits of dry skin brushing include the following:

  • Increased circulation

    • Blood flow through the body is supported by muscular contractions and vein constrictions. Else how could your veins get blood back up to the heart against gravity? Dry skin brushing stimulates the muscles and nerves of the skin, thereby helping blood to get moving.  The blood is responsible for carrying many things around the body--including nutrients to the cells and waste materials from the cells.  Thus, dry skin brushing can greatly improve both nutrient delivery and detoxification
  • Removal of waste

    • The lymphatic system transports excess waste from intercellular spaces and returns it to the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, it is delivered to the liver and started on its path to elimination from the body. Many lymphatic vessels terminate just below the outer layer of the skin before joining deeper lymphatic vessels. By stimulating these superficial vessels, we help increase the activity and movement of the lymphatic fluid.
  • Enhanced immune function

    • The immune system protects the body against harmful foreign invaders. When a dangerous bacteria or virus enter the body, specialized cells must be transported to the site of infection. As mentioned above, dry skin brushing helps move fluid and blood throughout the body, thus aiding in immune function!
  • Nervous system regulation

    • Dry skin brushing stimulates the thousands and thousands of small nerve endings that run the whole body. Almost immediately, dry skin brushing relaxes and tonifies the body. Decreased muscular tension affords better lung capacity, improved digestion and bowel movements, increases blood circulation and lymphatic drainage as well as clears mental processes. It is often used for children with sensory integration issues as it helps modulate their over-sensitive nervous system. 

How to Dry Skin Brush

Dry skin brushing is simple and only takes a few minutes. You can dry brush any time, but it tends to have a stimulating effect on the body and so doing it right before bed might keep you from feeling tired and ready for bed.

The easiest time to dry brush is simply before you shower. Dry skin brushing will also remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, so you can stand in your shower and go through the dry brush routine.

Here is a video from my instagram story about how to properly dry skin brush (as handed down by a lymphatic massage specialist).

As you dry brush your left arm, let it hang to your side and see if it feels any different. It should feel looser, less tense, and more relaxed. This is a sign that you're doing it right! Sometimes if you've got a lot of detoxing to do, it might take a few times to really feel a difference. Be patient and know that all healing takes time. Don't give up!

Some people also experience a little bit of irritation or itching under the skin. This is a sign that a lot of toxins are being moved around in the body. In this case, you might want to decrease the frequency of your skin brushing, as well as supplement detoxification with other methods such as infrared sauna, enemas, or hot/cold baths. This will help move toxins out of the body easier and will help free your body of toxins sooner. 

After you dry brush, rinse off with cool water to finish tonifying the tissues, then shower as normal. 

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