I first stumbled upon body brushing when researching ways to promote sinus drainage. I suffer from allergies/congestion and sometimes the sinus pressure can’t be dissipated with over the counter medicine, so I was looking for alternative methods. One of the suggestions was lymphatic massage. (the lymphatic system is ultimately responsible for draining fluid from tissues, filtering out bacteria and keeping your immune system strong) The problem was these “lymphatic massages” were pricy and I found they weren’t very easy to find in my area unless booked through a spa, so I was intrigued by another option- dry body brushing. It is touted as stimulating the circulation and lymphatic system. Sounded good to me…
Simply put, dry body brushing is using a brush made of natural bristles to gently stroke parts of your body in an upward motion- moving towards the heart. This helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes, so that it can be eliminated. No lotion is used, hence the “dry” part. You begin at your ankles and move your way up the body.
It turns out there are many other benefits of body brushing:
- Helps with bloating by assisting the body with shedding excess water and toxins
- Removes dead layers of skin and other outer impurities
- Stimulates and increases blood circulation
- Helps with digestion
- Helps release fatty deposits under your skin’s surface
- Assists the eliminative capacity of your body’s organs
- Strengthens your immune system
- Improves skin texture
I bought an inexpensive brush online here and have been trying it for the past 2-3 days. I’ll report back once I’ve been doing it longer. Note- when buying a brush, make sure you get one made with natural bristles- not synthetic.
Here is a step by step guide, and see below for a few articles if you’re interested in learning more