Heard of it, but don’t know what it is? It is an everyday way to add ‘detoxing’ into your life. It is a technique to remove dead skin build up & it stimulates the lymphatic system (which helps with elimination of waste).
The brushing helps to speed up the elimination process as it stimulates the lymph. OK, so lymph what does the lymph do? It transfers toxins to the bloodstream for elimination it. The lymph doesn’t have a “pump” like the heart for the circulatory system (so a little help doesn’t go astray). The lymph system depends on contraction of muscles. This happens with breathing, exercise, or manual stimulation – such as brushing.
What you need & how to do it:
• You will need a firm but soft, natural fibre brush, ideally with a long handle so you can easily reach your back (unless you are a bit flexible). I picked one up at Priceline pretty easy.
• You only brush on dry skin with the dry bristles of the brush.
• Stroking towards the heart which encourages the lymph flow to the main lymphatic ducts. A great rule of thumb is to always brush towards the centre of the body.
• Where skin is thinner, use softer strokes, but where skin is thicker EG: your legs & thighs, use firmer strokes. Makes sense.
• I like to do my body brushing before I have a shower or bath & then slap on some moisturiser.
• Avoid your sensitive bits (breasts & genitalia).
• Avoid if you have sensitive skin, a history of eczema or any other skin conditions, this may flare it up.
• Avoid using on open wounds, inflamed or sunburnt skin, rashes or varicose veins.
• Avoid if in an active cancer state or have enlarged lymph nodes.
For me, I like how it makes my skin feel – plus if it is setting up for a better detox, that is a double win. It’s easy, doesn’t take long & is cheap – def worth a try I think.