HEALTH TIPS OF THE MONTH
“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”
Dry Brush Your Skin!
Are you aware that the lymphatic system is your sacred body’ s estuary and that often when we are sore, stiff and swollen it can be that the lymph is congested?
Dry brush skin in a vital practice to improve our lymphatic circulation and restore the flow. An optimal lymphatic system balances the body’s fluids, absorbs fat into our system, detoxifies, enhance youth and regeneration of cells, and helps our body’s immunological defense to protect us. Without a flowing lymph system, fluid builds up and the body is unable to get rid of waste. The waste and fluid itself can cause tissues in the body to swell and can lead to painfully enlarged organs, infections throughout the body or disorders of immunity.
Dry skin brushing.
Our skin is an organ of elimination, just like our kidneys, liver, and colon. Dry skin brushing helps keep the pores clear and the skin active to assist the body in this cleansing process. It also supports the kidneys and liver by increasing the blood circulation. Dry brushing ex-foliates the skin’s outer layer and stimulates the sweat and oil glands, providing more moisture for the skin.
How to dry skin brush:
- Dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure and then move on to firmer strokes.
• Use a natural bristled brush, loofah, or raw silk gloves.
• Start with the soles of your feet using swift upward strokes. Brush from the feet up the legs, working toward your heart.
• Next, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
• Brush your back, as best you can, using a long handle brush. Brush all the way up to your neck and to the areas where you are carrying your stress. It feels really good!
• Work on your abdomen, moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon, then do the chest and neck.
• At first avoid dry brushing your face and inner thighs as facial skin is too sensitive.
• Brush for about 3 to 5 minutes until your skin is slightly tingly.
• Shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
• Periodically wash your brush with a gentle natural soap .
Results of Dry Brush Massage:
- Dead layers of skin are removed and pores go unclogged.
- Blood circulation is increased to the internal organs as well as the skin, which promotes oxygenation and healing.
- The detoxification qualities of the skin remain intact and well functioning.
- Hormone and oil-producing glands are stimulated.
- Nerve endings stimulated in the skin help to maintain the health of the entire nervous system.
- The body’s natural defenses against the common cold are assisted, especially when used with the hot-cold shower technique.
- Muscle tone is assisted and fat deposits are more evenly spread.
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”
– Albert Einstein