Dry body brushing stimulates the cardiovascular system (therefore it best to do it in the morning!). It promotes blood circulation in the skin, has a positive effect on your skin complexion and strengthens your connective tissue. It helps your metabolism to detoxify and also stimulates your immune system.
The main focus in dry body brushing is our lymphatic system. This system is part of the immune system. It also maintains fluid balance and plays a role in absorbing fats and fat-soluble nutrients.
The lymphatic or lymph system involves an extensive network of vessels that passes through almost all our tissues to allow for the movement of a fluid called lymph. Lymph circulates through the body in a similar way to blood.
There are about 600 lymph nodes in the body. These nodes swell in response to infection, due to a build-up of lymph fluid, bacteria, or other organisms and immune system cells.
As our lymphatic system doesn’t have its own muscles to move the lymph liquid around the body, it depends on contraction of our muscles which push the liquid toward the heart. Lymphatic draining massage is doing exactly the same but from the outside. And dry body brushing is a great way to help lymph fluid to move. Especially during fasting, dry body brushing is one of the measures you can take to support your body in the detoxification process.
For best results use brushes with natural materials e.g. animal bristles, sisal, coconut fiber, etc, which you can clean at 40 ° – 60 ° C just with some soap. Very effective are also energy or ionic brushes made from copper and a layer of animal bristles. We have Prana Brushes from the US available for sale in our retreats.
There are different styles to choose from. Brushes with fixed or removable handles, are particularly suitable for massaging the back, brush gloves or bands and smaller and softer brushes for the face and neck. Please don’t use sisal gloves or coarse knitted fabrics – you must always use bristles!
Always start away from the heart, meaning on the feet (don’t forget the soles of your feet!). Always pull the brush in even strokes on the skin in the direction of the heart. If possible, do not stop even when you move back.
Caution !!! => Do not work on painful, oozing and open areas of the skin or pronounced varicose veins!
- Start with the sole of the right foot, work the entire foot, entire lower and upper thighs, right buttock, right hip, then repeat the same procedure with your the left side.
- Brush your stomach in a circular motion along the colon (or clockwise). Brush the intercostal spaces of your ribs towards the heart.
- Carefully circle the breast or brush out in a V-shape.
- Next the arms: first right arm, then left arm (don’t forget your hands!), remember to always brush towards the heart.
- To brush the back (here: up and down, back and forth), attach the handle if necessary to reach all areas or use a tape.
- Finally, treat the face (forehead, nose, cheeks, chin), the area behind the ears and the neck with an extra brush, brushing towards the heart again.
After dry brushing, take a shower (if necessary, take a hot shower: when cold – hot – cold, water jet direction as with dry brushing, end with cold) or wash yourself from head to toe. Except for the genital area and the feet (a dry environment is particularly important between the toes), the body is not dried off, but the water is only wiped off with the hands.
Now, massage a good oil into the still damp skin (eg arnica oil, calendula oil or citrus-almond oil from Weleda or an oil of your choice without chemical additives and petroleum derivatives. (We have a beautiful nontoxic hand blended almond oil with organic lavender available for sale)
You are now ready for the day and feel good in your skin!