Body Brush Massages Provide Healthy Skin – and a Boost of Energy

Body Brush Massages Provide Healthy Skin – and a Boost of Energy

Did you know yoga has a lesser-known, ancient Indian healing system?

The sister of the popular exercise discipline, Ayurveda may not be as relevant to Westerners as yoga is, but its self-care principles are becoming more and more popular across the planet.

Body brushing – or ‘Gharshana’ – is a dry body massage that’s a part of the Ayurveda discipline. Like traditional dry body massages, it refines the skin, but also improves circulation and encourages lymphatic drainage. A quick body brush before your morning shower will give you a glowing complexion in no time. Additionally, not only is this Ayurvedic self-care technique great for your skin, it’ll provide an ample energy boost to power you through the day.

Follow these simple steps for correct body brush application:

  1. Undress.
  2. Massage your arms and legs using a dry, stiff-bristled brush. Long, sweeping strokes are preferred, moving in the direction of your heart. After your arms and legs have been worked, finish with your hands and feet.
  3. Move to the hips and backside, massaging these areas with circular strokes. Next comes the stomach, which is taken care of with clockwise circles.
  4. The entire body doesn’t need to be massaged – so avoid sensitive areas. This includes your face, chest, genitals, and any broken skin or sensitive spots.
  5. Finish your massage with a shower. For even better circulation in your system, alternate between hot and cool water.

Your skin is a lot more than a protective barrier around your body. It’s your largest organ, making up roughly 15% of your body weight. It’s a part of your immune and excretory systems. It renews itself every month, and sheds more than 30,000 dead cells a minute!

With that in mind, make sure you’re maintaining your stretchy, self-renewing organ!

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