What is dry body brushing?

Dry body brushing or dry skin brushing is said to be one of the most powerful ways to help stimulate and cleanse the lymphatic system. Miranda Kerr mentioned dry body brushing a couple of years ago, and its something I researched further and became interested enough to try. For me, dry body brushing is something I do in the morning that helps invigorates me, improve my skin, and keep my cellulite at bay. I mentioned earlier several measures I personally implemented to prevent stretchmarks with dry body brushing being one of them. Not only are there many benefits to dry body brushing, I just straight up find it quite enjoyable!
Benefits of dry body brushing include:
  • Stimulates lymphatic gland
  • Promotes circulation
  • Assists with toxic waste removal from body
  • Stimulates hormone and oil producing glands
  • Prevents fatty deposits
  • Lightens and brightens skin
  • Tightens skin
                                                                           

dry body brushing with a natural bristle body brush
(dry body brushes don’t have to be expensive- I got mine from The Body Shop)
How to dry body brush:

All you will need to dry body/skin brush is a natural, stuff bristled brush with a long handle to help reach your back. Directly before showering in the morning, begin with light strokes of the brush and work up intensity that feels comfortable for you.
Sequence in dry body brushing varies from person to person, website to website- but this is personally how I dry body brush:
Start at your feet and work your way up to your groin and buttocks, and up to middle back. Then brush from your hands to arm pits. Continue brushing the shoulders, and chest (avoiding the nipples), back of neck and finally abdominal area. Brushing in a large clockwise circular motion will help stimulate the colon.
Afterwards, shower in an almost shockingly cold shower and gradually increase the temperature until lukewarm.
Some people have recommended to dry body brush once to twice per week, some have recommended once to twice per day! It’s up to you how often and how long you brush for.
If you have poison ivy, skin rashes, infections, sunburn or inflammatory problems such as psoriasis, do not brush that part of the skin. I guess that’s just a bit of common sense though, isn’t it? Don’t brush nipples or genitals, and brush from the left to right side of the body. I have heard of dry brushing the face (obviously a particular brush is required), but I am yet to venture there. 

How to dry body brush. Direction in which to dry body brush.


Has anyone tried dry body brushing? How have you found it? Feel free to add your two cents worth!

FFM
(Fit Fun Mum)