Full Body Dry Brushing
Body brushing is a simple treatment that can have amazing health benefits. It can remove impurities from your skin and improve circulation in your body. The treatment involves a thorough brushing of the skin all over your body using a clean brush with firm, natural bristles. Your therapist will brush your skin with sweeping and sometimes circular motions, beginning at your feet and working in the direction of your heart.
The treatment requires a firm touch in order to receive the benefits; however it should not be painful. Similar to a full body massage, you should feel free to advise your therapist if you prefer a gentler or firmer touch. Most therapists appreciate having the chance to adapt the treatment to your specific needs and preferences.
Dry brushing may be performed prior to a massage or full body wrap. This will help to slough away dead skin and other impurities and increase your blood flow so you can benefit more deeply from the treatment that follows.
Body Brushing Benefits
There are many health and beauty benefits from full body dry brushing. Immediately after treatment, your skin will feel alive and invigorated. You will also notice that your skin is softer to the touch, due to the exfoliating effects of the body brushing. The more you repeat the treatment, the more benefits you will receive. Body brushing can help to stimulate various processes in the body that will improve your overall health. Here are a few examples:
- Promotes circulation and improves blood flow to all parts of your body
- Stimulates glands to keep churning out oils and hormones, which will help your skin become properly moisturized and detoxify your body
- Increases lymphatic flow to move fluids within your internal systems, absorbing various toxins and flushing them out of the body
- Awakens nerve endings which elicits a relaxation response through your central nervous system and decreases muscular tension
- Tightens skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite
- Improves skin tone and clarity
Do I Need Full Body Brushing?
Everyone can benefit from full body dry brushing. This amazing health and beauty routine has been practiced for years in Eastern Medicine and is used in world class spas and holistic healing centers all over the globe. Variations of skin brushing have been practiced for thousands of years, across many different cultures. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, it is referred to as Garshana.
You can continue to receive the benefits by practicing body brushing at home. Simply purchase a brush with natural bristles and preferably a long handle to allow you to reach all areas of your body. Brush in sweeping circular motions in the direction of your heart. It is recommended that you practice body brushing in the morning, followed by a warm shower to wash away the dead skin cells and toxins.
Can Body Brushing Really Reduce Cellulite?
The skin is the body’s largest organ comprising up to 16% of total body weight and covering an average of twenty square feet. The vibrancy of your skin can be an indicator of your overall health and well-being. Furthermore, your skin works cooperatively with all other body systems. When the skin is treated properly, it will result in improved functioning of all other organs.
One skin condition that is of concern to many women (and to some men) is cellulite. While there are many products and treatments that may claim to eliminate cellulite, there is no one treatment proven to be absolutely effective. Body brushing won’t make cellulite go away completely, but it can help.
Cellulite is a structural disturbance of fatty tissue that gives it a distinctive dimpled texture. Body brushing has been proven to break up some of the congestion underneath the skin’s surface by improving circulation and blood flow in the affected area. When treatments such as body brushing and massage are combined with healthy diet and exercise practices, they can reduce the appearance of cellulite over time.