Our lymphatic system is a series of vessels that serves to collect fluid and debris from the the tissues of the body and then return this material to general circulation. The “pump” of the lymphatic system and circulation is muscular movement or massage, including dry brushing.
Even a gentle brushing can help remove the outer layer of dead skin, giving you fresh and soft skin.
There is a growing body of research that confirms what we already feel is true: massage helps to reduce stress. We don’t necessarily have to schedule a spa treatment to enjoy this effect. We can simply reduce our own stress through the self-massage technique of dry brushing.
Some of the documented benefits of massage include regulation and release of the neurotransmitters and hormones that elevate our mood. So when you need that hit of serotonin, oxytocin, or dopamine, try dry brushing.
Dry brushing has a gentle stimulating effect, not only on the skin, but the entire body. It may not quite be as strong as that double espresso but it can be part of your morning routine that wakes you up and gets you ready for your day.
How to Do It
As the name of the technique suggests, do dry brushing—dry. Do it before you rinse, and before you apply any oil and/or lotion.
When Not to Do It
Skip dry brushing if you have burns or active skin irritations or infections.
Brush toward your heart to encourage circulation of the lymphatic system. In Ayurvedic massage, the general technique is circular strokes around the joints and abdominal area with long strokes along the long bones of the arms and legs.
If you’re interested in trying dry brushing for yourself, our Fall 2018 Bliss Kit Box with the BATHE Ritual will include a natural bristle dry brush, more in-depth information on dry brushing, and the details on how you can include dry brushing in your own spa-at-home ritual.