Dry brushing is an essential part of our founder’s, Julie Elliott, daily ritual. Here, she shares her tips and insights for getting the most out of the physical exfoliator and circulation booster modality.
As the body’s largest organ, your skin plays a major role in your overall health and functionality, from respiration and excretion to circulation and immunity. A vast drainage system, the skin allows the body to rid itself, via perspiration and of toxins in the blood.
That said, dry brushing is a therapeutic technique borrowed from ancient times and still a continuing practice in many different cultures today. Aside from the obvious benefits like dermal exfoliation, skin brushing is a particularly effective therapy for facilitating systemic rejuvenation. It activates blood and lymphatic circulation, stimulates sweat and oil glands, accelerates intracellular filtration, and promotes overall skin beauty by supporting an optimal environment. The brushing sensation also has a remarkable calming effect, aiding in the release of muscle tension. When done as a prelude to a traditional warm bath, or in conjunction with other bathing therapies, dry brushing the skin can have a powerful and positive cascading impact on the entire body.
In strokes, brush your entire body vigorously with a skin brush, hair glove, or rough towel until the circulation is activated and blood is brought towards the surface. Follow immediately with a warm water bath and any additional bathing therapies.
The direction of brush strokes should conform to the route of lymphatic drainage (example: brush the chest on each side several times, from breastbone to armpit, under breast to armpit, etc). Before brushing a given region, first treat the major lymph gland drainage sites of that region to allow for more effective lymphatic clearance (example: brush armpits before brushing chest region). Brush the body in a strategic and sequential pattern that will allow for maximum drainage. For example, since the neck and head drain into the upper chest’s venous system, brush the chest and armpit before the neck and head regions.
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