Why Should I Dry Brush?
Skin brushing is an age-old practice that has popped up in multiple ancient cultures, including the Greek, the Japanese, and the Egyptian holistic health practices. In modern times, it has become popular due to the understanding that your skin is your body’s largest organ, and one that is constantly exposed to toxins.
By regularly brushing your skin, you can keep your pores clear – allowing for you to perspire in a healthy way – while also increasing the elasticity and strength of your skin. Many have reported that it tightens your skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite, and increasing muscle tone. Beneath the surface, brushing stimulates blood circulation, improves your metabolism and fat distribution, increases nerve function, and promotes lymphatic drainage.
Most experts recommend brushing in the morning before you shower, partly because it will slough off dead skin cells and you might want to rinse afterward. But brushing can also flush some of the metabolic waste the body builds up overnight. They also recommend doing it in the morning because of the accompanying increase in blood flow, which can give you a rush of energy. Ultimately, it’s up to you – dry brushing will be valuable any time of the day you choose to do it!
You should always brush upwards towards your heart in long, light strokes. Start with the soles of your feet and move upward over your legs, abdomen, arms, and chest. There’s no need to press too hard – the real work is being done just below the surface. You can brush sitting or standing; it’s up to you to decide what’s comfortable. Avoid your genitals and breasts, though you can and should brush your chest area. When you arrive at your heart, you can brush in a slow, gentle circle for increased circulation. You should not use the brush on your face, as the bristles might be too abrasive for your sensitive skin. If there’s an area that you can’t reach – like your back – we recommend getting your partner to do it for you! Just make sure they’re being gentle and, of course, brushing towards the heart.
I hope that this has given you the information you need to get started with dry brushing! To purchase a brush, you can simply stop into my retail space after your next massage. I am also happy to incorporate skin brushing into your session, and you can request it when you book online or call to schedule.