Dry brush massage is particularly great to gently energize the body’s circulatory channels and awaken the senses.
Awaken In Spring With One Simple Tool
Ah! The birds are chirping and the bunnies and chipmunks are visiting the yard once again. Spring is a lovely season of awakening.
However, mixed in with those “open all the windows” kinda days are lots of gloomy, heavy and damp days too. Spring is a cold, wet season, so in order to keep myself feeling invigorated I love to use a dry brush.
Dry brushing is done on the skin without any oil or lotion, hence the name “dry” brushing.
Invigorate, Uplift and Gently Stimulate Circulation.
Ayurveda recommends to dry brush before a shower in order to help move excess fluids and toxins from the blood, lymph and skin away from the deeper tissues and back towards the GI tract.
Who should dry brush?
Although dry brushing is an excellent tool to help invigorate the body it is not for everyone, especially if you already have dry, rough skin.
However, it is an excellent tool if you tend to experience more mucus, bodily fluid, swelling or congestion.
When to practice dry brush massage?
Because dry brushing stimulates circulation and energizes the senses it’s a great self care tool during the spring time; however, you can dry brush any time of the year.
For instance, when you need a quick “pick me up” remedy during the heavy months of winter, or an easy detoxifying (& exfoliating) massage after the heat of summer. Or, simply anytime that you need to cleanse and reduce excess from the body.
I like to dry brush 3-4 times a week before I shower.
To promote the flow of circulation, Ayurveda recommends gentle, yet firm strokes away from the heart. So, for instance if you were to dry brush your arm you’d be directing the brush strokes down towards the finger tips. Massaging the body in this direction, away from the heart, encourages circulation to move through and clear the channels of the blood, lymph and skin along the way.
Whether you dry brush your body from the head down or feet up, it’s important to end with the abdomen.
Dry brushing the abdomen in a clockwise direction will complete the movement through the Outer Disease Pathway of blood, lymph and skin back towards the GI tract where toxins and excess fluids can be eliminated.
The ideal dry brush…
A good dry brush is made from natural fibers and has a long handle to help reach areas like the back. The natural fibers are typically made from a succulent plant making the brush sustainable, biodegradable and lasting a very long time. I’ve had my dry brush for a good ten years now!
However, you don’t have to buy a brush. You can simply use that old bath sponge lying around somewhere in the bathroom, new garden gloves or really, anything that is clean, dry and rough in texture will do!
Let’s face it, winter hibernation is long and dark. As we move into spring a dry brush massage could be the simple tool needed to help you feel refreshed, alert and ready to move forward.