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 lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin. Brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify itself naturally. Lymphatic drainage is the best beauty regime you can do without exercise!
Dry brushing will produce a gentle internal massage and this will stimulate the other detoxification organs such as your liver, kidneys and your lungs. Dry brushing increases circulation to the skin and encourages your body’s discharge of metabolic waste.This practice also helps support your lymphatic system.
The increased blood flow enters all the areas that you are brushing and increase the electro-magnetic energy to help you feel energized. Dry brushing can be done daily, preferably in the morning before showering because of its energizing affect on the body.
Here is how:
- Starting at the feet, brush the bottoms of your feet and up your legs in long smooth strokes. Brush each section of skin 10 times. For lymph flow, always brush towards the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again, brush each section of skin 10 times.
- Repeat the process on your abdomen, back and face with gentle strokes for these more delicate areas.
- Note: Don’t brush too hard! Soft and smooth strokes often work best!
The skin should turn lightly pink, not red and irritated. This whole cycle should take about 3 minutes, although you can perform a slower ritual and take up to 20 minutes. Dry skin brushing can be a wonderful, meditative and a health promoting practice you can incorporate into your morning or evening ritual.
Enjoy the many benefits including softer glowing skin.