During the 1970’s dry skin brushing became popular for exfoliating the skin and detoxifying the body. Russian doctors were of the first to discover the health benefits of dry skin brushing. Our skin is the largest organ of elimination. Arteries, veins, nerves and the lymphatic system work together to create healthy skin and a healthy body.
In the picture to the right, the yellow vessels are lymph, the red are arteries and the blue are veins. Nerves also parallel the lymph system. The entire purpose of lymph system is to carry waste out of our bodies. There is no pump in the lymph system like the heart is for the circulatory system. As we move our bodies we assist lymph elimination of waste. Of all the water in our body, 90% is in the lymph system. This is why it is important to remain active and hydrated to be healthy.
Dry skin brushing enhances skin exfoliation.
Dead cells are efficiently sloughed off and the nerve cells, vessels and lymph are invigorated. Blood flow is efficient and nerve cells are tonified while waste is more efficiently assisted out of the body. Lymph carries the waste from within the body to the organs of elimination – skin, colon, liver and kidneys.
Dry skin brushing requires a dry brush made of boars hair. You can get a very soft brush if your skin is sensitive or a more stiff brush if your skin is strong. Don’t use the dry brush over sores or rashes. Start with your feet and with light quick strokes towards the heart brush 3 times from the top of your feet up your shin. Then go from the bottom of your feet up your calf. Brush from your knee up to your groin on the front and back of your leg. Repeat on other foot and leg. Do the same thing to your arms, holding your hand up in the air so that you can brush down towards your heart. Brush both breasts (avoiding the nipples) from the center of your chest out to the axilla. For the back, start at the middle lower back and sweep forward to the lymph nodes in the groin of both sides. On the stomach, start at the right lower quadrant and brush up and around the stomach to the left groin lymph nodes. Each area should be stroked three times, always towards the heart. The whole procedure should take about 5 minutes. Do this every day to start and maintain 2-3 times a week. With a more efficient lymph system your whole body will be more pure and vibrant. It helps elevate energy of the body, mind and spirit.
Dry Skin Brushing will leave you with:
- Healthy smooth skin
- Improved circulation
- Improved immune function
- Improved detoxification
- Reduced stress
- Less cellulite
- Less swelling
I encourage each of you to own a dry brush and use it frequently as part of a mindfully healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Theresa Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert, author of the best selling book, Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness, and a weekly guest expert on Arizona’s top morning show, Your Life A to Z. Dr. Ramsey has been nominated Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc for two years in a row and recently selected as an eHow.com health expert, as well as the 2012 Natural Choice Award winning Naturopathic Physician. As a nationally recognized speaker, she elegantly bridges the gap between Allopathic and Naturopathic medicine educating patients & physicians on the language of wellness and root causes to illness & dis-ease.