Let's talk dry brushing! Why do it? Does it help? In a world where the CDC openly acknowledges that we live with a phenomenon called the “chemical body burden,” I'm a big believer in adopting health practices that assist our body in removing toxins. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On average our bodies are polluted with traces of over 100 chemicals that could have devastating health effects. This array of chemical contaminants accumulate in our fat, skin, bones, blood and organs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I first learned of dry brushing in 1991 when I moved to Japan. I was at a bath house and saw a group of elderly ladies all dry brushing themselves each time they got out of the hot baths. I was fascinated - it was like a new research assignment for me.
Fast forward 20+ years and dry brushing is now a buzz word in the holistic health community in America. It supports our lymphatic system ~ a major part of our immune system. This complex system lies right beneath the skin and is comprised of organs, lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport toxins out of our body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dry brushing creates movement and flow for the lymph, facilitating drainage of toxins out of our system. Since the skin is the bodies largest organ, lymph drainage can assist in many health issues. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It's not only the legs, it's anywhere on the body! So how do you dry brush? Always brush towards the closest lymph node cluster on your body, e.g. groin, behind the knees, under the arms, along the collar bone, on the sides of the neck, etc. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Use a medium bristle brush and medium brushstrokes upward. While you can dry brush anytime, I love to after my shower when the system is supple and warm. I also love to after I've applied a light layer of my Lymph Activation blend which is full of powerful essential oils that assist detoxification and lymph congestion. And it smells deliciously uplifting ~ a great way to start the day!
Do you dry brush or have any questions?
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