WELL BEING: Dry Brush Massage

21 Aug

Dry Brush Massage

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I’ve studied many forms of therapeutic body work and massage techniques.  So when I was introduced to a therapy called Dry Brush Massage, I was not impressed at all with the name.  Clearly, a dry brush does not sound nearly as good as skilled hands and warmed essential oils.

However, that first impression quickly faded when I experienced the Dry Brush Massage.  It was relaxing and invigorating at the same time.  This therapeutic practice is truly unlike any other, especially since it is perfectly designed for you to do-it-yourself.

Consider, our bodies shed over 600,000 particles of skin every hour.  That’s one and half pounds of dead, dry skin sloughed off every year!  Dry Brush Massage is ideal for the exfoliation and detoxification of our largest organ, the skin.

Dry Brush Massage is an extremely cost-effective therapy since nothing more is needed than a simple spa brush and you don’t even have to book an appointment with a Therapist since you can easily do it anytime in the comfort of your own home.  You’ll be on your way to better circulation, glowing skin and a healthy flowing lymphatic system in just a few minutes each day by simply brushing your skin.

BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSH MASSAGE:

  • tones and firms skin
  • exfoliates dead skin cells
  • soothes and calms anxiety
  • boosts the immune system
  • encourages lymphatic flow
  • stimulates blood circulation
  • reconnects you to your body
  • breaks down and flushes out cellulite

WHAT YOU NEED:

Dry brush exfoliation involves the use of a dry brush on dry skin.  It is very important to get a brush that suits your own personal tastes.  Often found on the Health & Beauty aisle at retail stores, dry brushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  The most popular dry brush on the market is made with soft natural fiber and has a long removable handle so that you can reach easily or remove the handle to hold the brush in your hand.

Dry brushes also come in a variety of bristle fiber; animal hair, nylon and synthetic plastic bristles.  The nylon and plastic bristle brushes are popular and inexpensive but tend to prick and damage the skin.

There’s no need to spend a lot of money or buy from a high-end spa.  I actually bought my dry brush from a local farm supply.  By a company called “Hot Licks”, it was apparently made to brush horses.  With hog hair bristles, I find that it’s just rough enough and just soft enough to suit my skin.  In 13 years of using dry brushes, it is my absolute favorite!

You may want to experiment with different dry brushes and different bristle types to find your favorite.   You can also use a loofah sponge, exfoliation gloves or a rough wash cloth.

DIRECTIONS FOR DRY BRUSHING:   

  • Dry brushing is ideal once a day.
  • Dry brush your dry body before you shower or bathe to get the maximum benefits of skin detoxification and cleansing.
  • Brush body in small gentle circular motions.
  • Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and delicate.
  • Always brush towards the heart.  By moving the circulation from the outermost points in, you are directing the lymph back towards the heart and taking the pressure off the vascular system.
  • WARNING: Stroking away from your heart can put pressure on the veins and lymph vessels, possibly causing ruptured vessels and varicose veins.

Try Dry Brush Massage.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good it feels and how positive your results will be.  Enjoy!

Send questions and comments to lynnvannoy@gmail.com or visit http://www.lynnvannoy.com

The information in this column is not intended as medical advice. Its intention is solely informational and educational.

2 Responses to “WELL BEING: Dry Brush Massage”

  1. Rose October 7, 2010 at 5:18 am #

    Darling,
    Thank you for reminding me of the benefits. I had started doing this awhile back – not consistently and I believe I need to start again. I do remember my skin feeling more “alive” almost from doing this if that makes sense.
    xoxo

    • Lynn Van Noy October 7, 2010 at 7:51 am #

      Absolutely Rose! Dry Brushing wakes up the skin & enlivens the immune system. Wonderful! *hugs*

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