Dry brushing is one of those self-care habits that I could never quite crack for a long time. I knew the benefits, I attempted as often as possible, but it never stuck. Luckily (after some experimentation) this past Summer, I have finally found a routine that works for me.
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bolen
Why Dry Brushing is Essential
Dry brushing stimulates and promotes increased circulation of the lymphatic system. If you’re unfamiliar with the lymphatic system, it is an entire network of delicate vessels throughout our bodies. These vessels resemble tubes (which are connected to the immune system), and they work to filter out fluids from our bloodstream.
Many think of the lymphatic system as our body’s “sewerage system.” It reduces (takes out the trash) old blood cells, renews (turns) old blood cells into new blood cells, and recycles (produces antibodies) to protect us from infection.
When the lymphatic system isn’t working correctly, stagnant old fluids (resembling waste) remain in the body. This can cause swelling & bloating, (unhealthy) weight gain, and prevent our bodies from absorbing nutrients efficiently.
How I Dry Brush Everyday
From my own experience, I have discovered that the best part about dry brushing isn’t necessarily the exfoliation and glowy skin but rather how my body feels in the process.
For years, I always considered dry brushing a chore rather than a gift to my body, and that’s because the typical method didn’t work for me.
We are told that dry brushing is done best in the morning before a shower. However, never being quite the morning person, dry brushing in the morning before my body has had time to warm up never entirely spoke to me.
Instead, I now dry brush at night after a hot shower. Something about this order, as unconventional as it may sound, has really worked for me.
By this time, my body has had ample circulation from walking my 10k steps throughout the day and a hot shower that it actually feels ready for dry brushing. With this order, my body feels warm and prepared to receive an extra boost, much like your body feels more ready for a massage once the massage table or the sauna warms it up.
This is the moment I can take my sweet time and take in the relaxation effects – which have made all the difference.
… not to mention I sleep ten times better too!
Personal wellness is personal
If you’re new to dry brushing, check out this comprehensive tutorial on Youtube. I love how she explains the need to stimulate the lymph nodes before going in (a method I also learned from my massage therapist) and the key directions to brush.
And if you need a dry brush, this medium-handled one does the trick:
Stay organically opulent,