How to Dry Brush
Once you have your brush, gloves or other material, find a comfortable place in your bathroom, ideally before you bathe.
The lymphatic system returns fluid and materials to the heart, so brushing in the direction of the heart supports lymphatic system detoxification.
With firm, but not forceful, vigorous motions, begin at your feet and brush your way up your body.
Use circular motions, particularly around your joints.
On the long areas of your legs, you can stroke upwards.
Brush vigorously around areas that need more stimulation, such as the backs of the thighs or the buttocks.
Brush in circles around the buttocks and abdominal areas to stimulate circulation, especially in areas that have scarring or cellulite.
Be gentle and don’t overbrush sensitive areas of the body.
Brush up toward your heart along your sides, waist and chest.
We have hundreds of lymph nodes under our arms and around the sides of our chest; brush vigorously there.
Remember your back.
End by making circular motions around your heart, cementing the intention of self-love along with health, healing, and vitality.
Tools for Dry Brushing
A natural bristled brush or silk gloves are the most commonly used tools for dry brushing. Other types of gloves, or even woven natural herb or brush scrubs can also be used to stimulate the skin; no matter the material, the technique is similar. Remember that whatever you’re using, you’re placing it on your skin, so make sure it is natural, and remains clean between uses. Rotate or wash dry brushing implements often and keep your dry brush for yourself. Leave it hanging in a well-ventilated bathroom so it can stay dry between uses.
Brushes made with soft or natural bristles can be found at spas, boutiques, wellness centers, and health food stores and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A brush with a long handle is beneficial for reaching your mid- to low-back and kidneys. Find something that has a comfortable feel in our hand that you will want to use often.
Garshana is the Ayurvedic practice of using silk gloves rather than a brush for dry massage. According to Hilary Garivaltis, dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda who teaches Ayurvedic bodywork at the retreat center, silk has unique energetic properties, warming and stimulating the lymphatic system and increasing prana, the body’s life force.
By Felicia M. Tomasko
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