Not food related but still very interesting.
- Never Skin Brush over active inflammation or during an active cancer state or over enlarged lymph nodes.
- Do not brush on sunburnt skin.
- Avoid breasts & genitalia area.
- If pregnant seek doctors advise first before skin brushing.
- Wash brush before use.
- If an allergic reaction appears stop brushing.
- Dry brushing does exfoliate skin, therefore regular washing of brush is essential to remove dead skin from the bristles.
- A slight reddening of the skin (erythema) is normal, it is the blood circulation responding to the skin brushing.
- Always use a natural bristle skin brush, for optimum results use a plant bristle.
- Perform on Dry Skin only.
- Generally stroke upward in one movement.
- Light strokes repeated 7 times.
- Adjust pressure to your comfort levels.
- Best to follow brushing with some form of hydrotherapy i.e. shower or bath
- Don’t brush more than you need to. Over doing it does not mean better results.
- Work from left to right side of body.
Steps of Dry Body Brushing
- Start at soles of feet, stroking brush from toes to heel follow each brush stroke with a soothing sweep of the other hand.
- Continue on top of foot from toes to ankles and ending at Achilles tendon behind ankle. Cover both sides of foot.
- Move to buttocks, starting at top of buttock, brush down to the gluteal fold (where buttock joins the leg) and sweep back again to top.
- Then from base of buttock sweep upward to outside of hip.
- Once reaching the lower back, start your brush stroke from spine and sweep brush stroke up and out to side of torso, all the way up to the shoulder blades and finishing from spine to over the shoulder.
- Repeat on right side
Lower abdominal: Starting left side, hold brush at navel and brush stroke downward and toward the lymph groin area, and then from navel outward to hip joint and side of torso. Repeat on right side.
What to Expect
Dr Bruce Berkowsky: The Journal of Nature-cure: west/east fusion, Vital Chi Skin-brushing System. Vol.4 No.1.
Gunther Wittlinger: Textbook of Dr.Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage. 7th Edition 2004.
Diagram: Tappan F 1988, “Healing Massage Techniques: Holistic, Classic and Emerging Methods” 2nd Edition Publisher: Appleton & Lange: Norwalk Pg 295-296