We are going to change it up a bit and this week's Vibe focuses on one of our favorite self-care techniques, dry brushing!
When I first start working with clients there is a Get Your Vibes starter kit that I share with them and in that kit there is a dry brush. Most of the items in the kit they know about, but the dry brush? I always get questions about, it never fails! I get it though, it looks more like a back scratcher or a scrub brush for a bathtub, but it's actually such a simple way to improve your body's health.
Dry brushing is an ancient technique that has the ability to detox our bodies in a variety of ways. Dry brushing will increase our circulation and because of that it helps stimulate/detox our lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from tissue and transported to your blood for elimination, this is known as lymphatic drainage. What happens when our lymphatic system doesn’t drain properly? It leads to inflammation and disease, dry brushing helps prevent that. It helps shed excess water and toxins, it also helps improves digestion and kidney function. Dry brushing is great for proper distribution of fat deposits and this reduces the appearance of cellulite!
So how do we dry brush? Start at the ankles and gently stroke upwards, go all the way up the legs, giving special attention to the back of our legs, and brush the tummy, rear end, all the way to the neck and from your wrists, making sure to get the elbows and over the shoulders. If you can get as much of your back without straining yourself. If you have any areas where you'd like your skin to look smoother then pay extra attention to it and brush over it a few more times. You should aim to dry brush every morning before you shower, apply gentle pressure, remember you're brushing your skin, not scrubbing floors! It's normal for your skin to feel a warm sensation and if it leaves marks then brush the skin softer.
You can find dry brushes at any health store, at whole foods in the whole body sections and online, amazon, has some great quality brushes. Avoid synthetic bristles, one of my favorite brands is Yerba Prima, they are not a sponsor, just a quality product. Our skin is our largest organ and dry brushing is one of the best ways to take care of it. Use the hashtag #VOTW and show us how you're vibing out! Enjoy this self care technique and I hope it helps you Get Your Vibes!