The tradition of dry brushing has been employed for many centuries in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a means to prevent stagnation and encourage healthy circulation and blood flow. While the technique has been around for centuries, its recent resurgence can be attributed to newfound celebrity and influencer raves and a priority to return to the technique.
I get questions all the time about the benefits, and how to get the best results, so I wanted to highlight the top questions in a place you can always reference:
How does it work?
Dry brushing increases blood flow, which dramatically increases elasticity, so it’s great for lifting and toning a problem area. Start at the tops of the feet and brush upwards toward the heart. Spend extra time on areas that tend to be more stagnant, like the inner thigh, and don’t forget to include the backs of the arms and the back.
What are the benefits of dry brushing?
There are multiple benefits of dry brushing:
1. Exfoliation - This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin and increasing circulation.
2. Lymphatic Support - The lymphatic system is a major part of the body's immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body.
Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body; helping the body detoxify itself more efficiently.