Dry Brushing • A Step By Step Guide
Ayurveda as a lifestyle is the daily divine practice of Self care. To sweetly, kindly and gently show your body and mind unconditional love every day. No matter how you are feeling, you will always reap rewarding and nourishing benefits from practising self-care. There are a few key daily self-care practices that are central to Ayurveda and supporting the body’s process of detoxification, and dry brushing is one of them. A simple but powerful staple to your wellness routine.
The act of Garshana is a traditional Ayurvedic dry massage using a dry brush. It is used to stimulate the skin and lymphatic system, enhancing blood circulation which helps to detoxify the build of Ama (toxins) within the bodily systems. An accumulation of toxins if not treated properly can lead onto a path of mental and physical imbalances ranging from anxiety, depression, skin disorders, head aches, insomnia, indigestion, constipation and brain fog. The daily practice of helping aid the bodies natural detoxification process is key in Ayurveda for immunity, longevity and stable wellbeing. Dry brushing is a simple practice to help cleanse the body of toxic build up blocking the lymphatic system, purge pathogens and eliminate toxins that lead to inflammation and imbalance.
Holistic Health Tool
Dry brushing is a refreshing and revitalising practice that helps to soothe and align the mind, body and spirit. The practice increases your energy levels, promote physical relaxation in the body and revitalises all the circulatory systems. Brushing helps to soothe the digestive system, and ease tension in the mind by promoting a sense of calm and clarity. It also promotes good skin tone and health by exfoliating the skins surface layer, eliminates dead cells and cleanses the pores. A simple but powerful self-care tool to add to your tool kit.
Health Benefits Of Dry Brushing
Stimulates lymphatic system
Increases blood circulation
Increases energy levels
Detoxes accumulated toxins
Promotes physical relaxation
Revitalises all the bodily systems
Promotes calm brain function
Stress relief and relaxation
Exfoliates dead skin cells
Promotes healthy skin tone
Step By Step Guide On How To Dry Brush
Practiced ideally in the morning before you shower, so released toxins from the skins pores can be cleansed afterwards.
Ideally practiced daily, but 2-3 times weekly is also beneficial.
Dry brushing should last between 3-5 minutes
Set a mindful intention for the ritual. Eg- I choose to love and nourish my body with every act of self-care.
Using a dry brush massage your entire body excluding your face, heart and chest. Avoid any areas that are sensitive or where the skin may be inflamed or broken.
Start at your feet and gently move your way up the body.
The direction of the stroke should always be toward your heart as this helps drain lymph back to your heart.
Use circular strokes on the stomach and joints ( shoulder, elbows, knees, wrists, hips and ankles).
Use long sweeping strokes on the arms and legs.
Be mindful, gentle and kind to your body when dry brushing.