Dry brushing is a simple and effective form of self care. It is thought to encourage healthy lymph flow, a key component of a strong immune system. The lymph system works with the circulatory system to remove waste products from the body. But unlike the circulatory system, which is pumped by the heart, the lymph system does not have it’s own pump. It must be stimulated through movement or massage (including dry brushing). Dry brushing can also exfoliate the skin and clean out the pores. Many people feel energized and invigorated after a dry brushing session. Follow these step by step instructions to get started!
- Find a good quality natural bristle brush. A brush with a long handle helps access hard to reach areas like the back, but I find the short handled brushes to be easier to use.
- Starting at your feet and working towards your heart, use gentle but firm strokes to brush your skin. Use shorter movements over joints and long strokes on limbs and torso.
- Continue to work your way up your body. Make sure to brush in a clockwise direction on your abdomen and brush from your hands towards your heart.
- When you reach your neck, stroke DOWN towards your heart, and be more gentle, as the skin of your neck is sensitive.
- Take a shower afterwards. I like to do a few minutes of alternating hot and cold water at the end of the shower for bonus lymph stimulation. You can also try dry brushing in conjunction with a sauna or steam.
Avoid dry brushing if you have sensitive skin- it can aggravate some skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and acne. Avoid brushing over open wounds and mucous membranes, and I don’t recommend dry brushing your face.
Like any healthy habit, consistency is key! Try to get in a session 2-3 times per week.
Let us know what results you’ve had from a regular dry brushing routine!