In a recent post, I talked about lymphatic massages and how getting one routinely can yield many health benefits. While at my last appointment, I asked my massage therapist what I could do on my own to maintain the results in between sessions and she suggested dry brushing.
I’ve done this practice in the past, but it was one of those things I was guilty of getting really enthusiastic about, doing it a few times, then completely forgetting about it. But after our conversation, I vowed to be more diligent and incorporate it into my daily routine before showering.
It supports lymphatic flow and helps discourage swelling while ridding your body of built up toxins. It also improves blood circulation, nerve transmission, and promotes healthy functioning skin.
- Buy a natural bristle brush (not synthetic) an make sure it has a long handle so you can reach all parts of your body
- Never brush on wet skin (it’s called dry for a reason)
- Brush from the toes up the legs toward the groin
- Brush from the hands up the arms towards the armpit
- Brush the sides of the torso to the armpits
- Brush your abdomen in counter clockwise circles
- Brush each part of your body several times, vigorously, with long swift strokes
- Follow with a hot shower and a quick burst of cold water to encourage that improved blood flow