Dry brushing on my way home from the club…it happened once upon a time. For a hot minute I was a holistic vegan, not a good one as I didn’t at the time understand how to get enough nutrients but I attempted. I drank ACV, dry brushed, used as many natural products as I could and ate everything that wasn’t from an animal including lots of vegan candies.
I wrote about dry brushing when I first started blogging in 2012 and even made a very embarrassing Youtube Video which I will never share BUT I am proud of myself for putting myself out there like that lol. For a long time I actually didn’t understand dry brushing. I simply just loved the buzz I got post dry brushing and loved the fact it kept my skin bump free. As an avid gym goer you get some nasty bumps from sweat, germs and lord knows what else so exfoliating your skin is a MUST to avoid that situation. I started learning more about my dry brushing obsession and have even gone as deep to learn about energy meridians and how they all connect and how dry brushing helps that flow.
What are the Benefits of Dry Brushing?
- Aid’s Our Lymphatic System: The lymphatic system is simply a network of tissues and organs that get rid of the toxins (environmental, food) and other unwanted waste. The circulation of this system is vital to keep that flow going. If your system is backed up from too many toxins this slows this system down leaving those toxins to sit in your body much longer then they should causing in the long term diseases, sickness and stress to our bodies. Keeping your lymph nodes moving is essential for optimal health. These are located on the neck, armpits and groin area and are kind of the pit stop so making sure to dry brush these areas will help any blockage and keep your circulation flowing for cleansing.
- Exfoliation: Dead skin cells are removed when dry brushing and removes the dirt, oil and residue that may be trapped on top of your skin. I noticed a huge difference in my skin when I started to dry brush. The leftover spray tan gone, the next spray tan was crisp and fresh because I didn’t have dead skin all over me and the germs from sweat beads were gone too. Beyond the health benefits your skin traps a lot of unwanted dirt and germs, a dry brush a day keeps the skin at bay!
- Increased Energy: My favorite part about dry brushing is the high you get afterwards. I love that head high and look forward to it every morning, to be honest it wakes me up more than a cold brew coffee and I feel so much better from that circulation. You get this increase of energy because your literally brushing your blood along making it flow quicker which hits your head and makes you feel good. When I work a lot on new programs for The Fit and Fabulous Club, I dry brush before I sit and put on my compression socks to keep my blood flowing!
- Removes Toxic Energy: There are energy channels in our bodies that transport energy throughout our system, these are called The Body Meridians. If you have ever done an EFT class or tapped through emotions, you know how tapping or massaging certain parts of the body helps transport energy to other parts. You will all find out about my secret project soon but for now all I can say is I spoke with someone about this and was mind blown! More on that later! Dry brushing in certain patterns helps this flow of energy and helps detox, remove emotional blockages, stress and toxins to help your body function at its highest nature.
How to Dry Brush:
I made a little video to show you how I dry brush. I like to do this little act naked but unfortunately I kept my clothes on for this video.
How to Dry brush?
- Starting at the feet, move upwards towards the ankles all the way up to the legs brush in long circular movements up towards the heart.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arms towards the heart.
- Then repeat the process on abdomen and back.
Note: Don’t brush too hard! Doing a soft and smooth stroke often works best. Skin may turn slightly pink after brushing, but it should never be red or sting.
Finding the right brush
Make sure you get the natural firm bristle brush with handle to enable you to get to hard to reach areas such as the back. I personally love one I bought at Whole Foods many years ago, I am unsure of the brand but they do sell them there.
So I wanna know..
- Have you ever tried Dry Brushing?
- What are your favorite alternative therapies?