Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that originated in India and has been practiced for thousands of years. It focuses on the balance between mind, body, and spirit to promote overall health and wellness.
Dry brushing, also known as Garshana, is a traditional Ayurvedic practice that involves using a natural bristle brush to stimulate the skin and improve circulation. It is typically done before bathing or showering.
According to Ayurveda, dry brushing has a number of benefits, including:
- Stimulates lymphatic system: According to Ayurveda, dry brushing helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing toxins and waste from the body.
- Improves circulation: Dry brushing can help improve circulation by increasing blood flow to the skin.
- Exfoliates dead skin cells: The gentle brushing action of dry brushing helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, leaving the skin smooth and soft.
- Supports healthy digestion: Ayurveda teaches that dry brushing can help support healthy digestion by stimulating the digestive organs and promoting detoxification.
- Reduces cellulite: Some practitioners of Ayurveda believe that dry brushing can help reduce the appearance of cellulite by increasing blood flow and promoting lymphatic drainage.
- Promotes relaxation: Dry brushing can be a relaxing and meditative practice, helping to reduce stress & anxiety and promote a sense of calm.
- Improved digestion: Dry brushing can help to stimulate the digestive system and improve overall digestion.
Dry brushing is best performed before you take a shower as you will want to rinse off the exfoliated skin. It is important to use a natural bristle brush with soft to medium bristles. (I prefer a vegan brush.)
Begin your dry brushing ritual at your feet and work your way up your legs, brushing towards your heart in long sweeping motions, with shorter & quicker movements around your joints. Brush your hands and arms in a similar fashion, brushing towards your heart. Start at your fingertips and move towards your shoulders. Brush your back by reaching the brush over your shoulder and brushing down towards your lower back. Brush your stomach in a clockwise motion, as this follows the natural direction of the digestive system.
Avoid sensitive areas such as your face, neck, chest, and any areas with open wounds or rashes. Take your time with this process – dry brushing is a relaxing, meditating activity that should not be rushed.
Follow up your Dry Brushing with your normal shower routine and apply one of Kaia Skin’s Ayurvedic Body Oils to maximize the benefit to your skin.
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