|I wanted to share one of the easy things that I do to take care of myself. I found out about dry brushing years ago, but never tried it until I went to get a thermogram (much kinder to the body than mammogram). My doctor recommended that I get regular lymphatic drainage massages, but also that I start dry brushing as a daily practice. I occasionally dry brush my kids too, but with a softer brush. They love it. ~ Araks Yeramyan
The Benefits of Dry Brushing
~ Detox. Assist your lymph system to detox naturally by stimulating the normal lymph flow within the body.
~ Exfoliation. Brushing your body helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, improving you skin's appearance, softening, and allowing it to breathe.
~ An Energy Boost. The theory is that brushing your skin increases circulation and therefore gives you some energy.
~ Improve Digestion. Massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water which will decrease bloating.
~ Increase Circulation. By increasing circulation you encourage the elimination of metabolic waste.
~ Reduce Stress. Dry brushing is meditative; it helps calm the mind and reduce muscle tension.
A Few Tips
~ Use a different brush with softer bristles for more sensitive skin areas like your face and a brush with a longer arm for harder to reach places like your back. Always choose a brush with bristles made from natural fibers.
~ A lot of people recommend brushing in the morning instead of the evening because of the energy boost.
~ Don't press too hard or use a brush that has hard bristles. Your skin shouldn't be red afterwards.
~ Three to five minutes each day is all you need.