- Leslie Deems
Dry Skin Brushing
The skin is considered the largest organ in the body, contributing to the elimination of much of the toxins we come into contact with daily. One of the most powerful ways to encourage the lymphatic system to rid itself of toxins that build up in our cells every day is through daily dry skin brushing. Dry brushing provides a safe, easy, and affordable way to stimulate the internal organs and various systems of the body, helping to bring about homeostasis. Clearing the lymphatic system of metabolic waste helps to support overall health and wellness of the entire body. Dry brushing is particularly useful in the support of breast health.
Benefits to dry skin brushing
1. Activates main acupressure points and energy pathways
2. Stimulates the lymphatic system
3. Increases circulation
4. Strengthens the immune system
5. Rejuvenates the Nervous System
6. Supports Digestive System
7. Balances the Endocrine System
8. Removes dead skin
9. Tightens the skin
10. Tones the muscles
11. Removes cellulites
What You Need
To dry brush one should use a brush with soft to medium bristles, preferably one on a wooden stick. YOu can use the brush on the stick or by itself. The brush is easy to travel with and store, making it convenient to give yourself a daily internal massage.
Directions for Dry Skin Brushing
Perform dry skin brushing before bathing on dry skin. Take anywhere from 5-15 minutes for daily routine. Even on those days when you are in a rush, take at least five minutes to do the entire protocol with less strokes. Pay special attention to gentle brushing in sensitive areas like that of breasts and groin. Never brush over any areas of irritation: open wounds, skin lesions, rash, eczema, poison oak/ivy. See diagram for abdominal brushing.
1. Using the skin brush, gently slide the brush along your jaw line starting from your earlobe to the underside of your chin 8-16 times. 2. Place the brush at the hairline of your neck and gently pull around the side of your neck to the Adam's apple 8-16 times. Use a draping motion so that all areas of your neck are brushed. 3. To stimulate the pituitary gland, hold the brush on the back of your head near the base of your neck and rock the brush up and down, then side to side, 8-16 times. 4. Stroke the breastbone in a circular fashion to stimulate the thymus gland 8-16 times. 5. Gently brush the breast in a circular motion 8-16 times, avoiding the nipples. 6. Hold the brush in your armpit and rotate it clockwise 8 times, then counter-clockwise 8 times. 7. Brush up the side of your body, top of hip area to arm pit, 8-16 times. 8. Brush up the arm, starting at the wrists, working toward the armpit 8-16 times. 9. Brush over your belly button and around your waistline, 8 x. 10. Brush in a over your belly-button, clockwise 8 times.If you are experiencing diarrhea or loose stool, brush counter-clockwise 8 times. 11. Brush down from sternum to top of belly button 8 times. 12. Brush down from sternum to side, over left and right rib cage 8 times. 13. Brush lower abdomen, top of hip area down toward groin, 8 times.Both sides. 14. Circular brushing in groin 8-16 times. 15. Brush your spine from the tailbone up as high as you can reach 8-16 times. 16. Brush up from ankle to groin on the inside of leg, outside of leg, and along the back of the leg 8-16 times. 17. Brush ankle area 8-16 times. 18. Brush along the top of the feet and hands 8-16 times. 19. Brush the top of the toes and fingers 8-16 times. 20. Brush knees, front and back, in a circular motion 8-16 times.