Skin brushing is commonly practiced in Scandinavia and can be done in as little as 10 minutes per day. We know that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and that it is responsible for one quarter of the body's detoxification each day, therefore making it one of the most important elimination organs.
The skin is also referred to as the third kidney (the lungs are known as the second kidney). Toxicity can gather beneath the skin surface from improper pH levels in the body soaps, skin creams and anti-perspirants, and synthetic fibers worn on the body. All of these contribute to a variety of skin problems and conditions.
Dry skin brushing help stimulate circulation in the skin and the lymph system. This helps the skin the look and feel healthier. It should be done daily as a home treatment. It should also be done as a pre-treatment in your therapist's rooms.
There are many BENEFITS to Dry Brushing:
- Tightens skin
- Helps digestion
- Remove cellulite
- Stimulates circulation
- Stimulates the Glands
- Increases cell renewal
- Cleans the lymphatic system
- Remove dead skin layers
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves exchange between cells
- Helps all of the body systems to perform at maximum efficiency
Dry brushing leaves your skin exfoliated and more readily able to exclude toxins through sweat, absorb the nutrients you apply with lotions and oils, and helps your lymph flow to keep your body healthy, and it takes less than five minutes.
Ayurvedic texts recommend daily skin brushing to keep the urinary system working properly, Properly conditioned skin will have less breakouts and other undesirable skin conditions like cellulite.
First of all, remember that your body is smart. It knows what to do. You just have to listen to it like a two-year-old child does. The two-year-old eats or does not eat when the body tells them. They can sleep anywhere when their body tells them they are tired.
So, let's stop and get to know our bodies.
You can use a body brush if that is what you choose, but you mustn't use the brush on your breast tissue or face.
That skin is too tender. Also the brush holds dead skin cells and we really don't want to think of that bacteria going back on your body.
So use a simple cotton washcloth.
You start with a dry cloth and dry skin.
Beginning of of the top of the foot and going towards the heart on each leg, front and back. Then your belly and then your hands and arms.
Just bring everything towards the heart area.
When you are done, you can turn on the water in the shower and rinse off the cloth, soap it up and do it all again on your wet body.
As you towel dry, do it up towards the heart. Now you're done. Easy, simple, and your body will feel alive.