Dry brushing is a massage technique where you apply a dry brush to your skin. This stimulating practice is useful for refreshing your body, circulation, lymphatic system and skin. Dry brushing invigorates your mind and warms up your body. As the heaviness of sleep falls away, you'll feel refreshed and alert.
Dry brushing reduces springtime heaviness & oiliness. The bristles stimulate circulation in your skin, muscles and fat tissue, dislodging any toxins. It's a great way to detoxify and cleanse your lymphatic system, whose fluids get thick, sticky, and congested whenever kapha is out of balance, and especially in springtime. As you start your dry brushing routine, you'll notice your skin becomes pink and flushed as stagnant blood is flushed by fresh blood.
Dead skin cells will come off on the brush, leaving your skin vital and clear. As the largest elimination organ of the body, your sweat glands are constantly releasing toxins. Dry brushing aids your skin's natural detox functions. Reducing stubborn cellulite is another desirable benefit of dry brushing. As you work with your diet and internal metabolism, dry brushing is a great way to begin to melt away cellulite from the outside.
A Few CautionsBe aware that this is a morning practice, and the stimulating nature of dry brushing will be sure to keep you awake at night if you do it before bed. Due to its drying nature, dry brushing is great in humid climates, but may be overly drying in desert climates. Vata constitutions, as well people dealing with long term Vata imbalances should not use dry brushing but instead massage with oil in the morning. Dry brushing is too rough for the delicate skin on your face.
How to Dry Brush / InstructionsChoose a natural bristle brush or coarse, natural loofah. You can use boar bristle brushes or ones with fibers from plants. Synthetic bristles cause irritation. Then, brush your skin following the flow of the lymphatic system, from the outermost limbs toward the center of your body:
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.