For the body to achieve optimal health, all systems must be working well together. Our skin provides the easiest access to a number of these systems, most important the nervous and endocrine systems. The endocrine system includes all the glands in the body and the hormones they produce. A key to hormonal balance is in proper functioning glands. Dry brushing indirectly and directly stimulates these glands, promoting their good function.
In my experience, dry brushing gives me such extraordinary results. No matter what I do, even if I give-in to my favorite sins for a few days, I keep on dry brushing and still reap rewards.
How is this possible?
Because the skin allows us to effect the endocrine glands fairly quickly.
What Dry Brushing Does and How:
Dry brushing is based upon the ancient Chinese concepts of acupuncture. The Chinese recognize there are around 3 million nerve points spread over the entire surface of the skin, 700 of which are nodal. When the nodal points are stimulated via dry brushing, currents flow through channels called meridians and stimulate (or suppress) the organs to which they are connected. For instance, a point in the web between your thumb and index finger (known as the LI-4 acupressure point) connects to the large intestine. But, it’s often used clinically to relieve a variety of ailments, particularly headaches and neck pain.
Dry brushing takes advantage of these myriad connections. Applying friction to the meridian points, stimulates and invigorates your entire nervous system, every organ, gland, and muscle in your body.
- In conjunction with a real food diet it tightens and tones the skin and dramatically reduces cellulite deposits.
- Improves circulation, thus boosts energy, relieves tension and speeds recovery.
- Often relieves headaches and brain fog by improving blood flow between body and brain.
- Lowers the “fight or flight” response by diminishing the adrenal glands’ output of stress hormones.
- Stimulates hormone production.
- Removes surface toxins and helps with assimilation of Vitamin D from the sun.
- Improves digestion and elimination.
- Cleanses the lymphatic system aiding in internal detoxification and waste removal.
Basic Brushing Method:
You’ll want to get yourself a moderately hard, natural bristle brush about the size of your hand. You can buy body brushes at most health stores or online. Brush gently at first. Within a few days, your initially tender skin will become conditioned.
Brushing is best done nude in front of a mirror when you wake in the morning before showering. The brush must be dry to create the right amount of friction. Begin at your feet and work your way up the entire body, always stroking the brush UP towards the heart. Brush in long strokes over each area 7-14 times before moving on. Use circular motions on hands, feet and the abdomen. Brush your entire back, neck and base of head to activate the adrenals (at mid-back), thyroid (at front of neck) and pituitary gland (at base of head).
Feel free to concentrate on areas that feel ‘sore’ or need extra attention (e.g. cellulite deposits) as you may be holding onto toxins there. Note: Do not over brush to the extent of irritating your skin. Also avoid brushing the face (unless you buy a brush specifically made for the face), or any areas where you have a rash, infection or skin problems. Give it a try, and let me know how daily dry brushing is improving the way you look, feel and perform.
Author: Dr. Siobhan Kealy
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