What Is It? Dry Skin Brushing
Dry-brushing (known as garshana in ayurveda) is a powerful and inexpensive self-care practice which helps to boost your immune system, improve circulation, beautify your skin and assist in gentle, natural detoxification
This is an ideal practice for spring, because it feels great and also because it helps to move toxins (ama) or any stagnant energy from the body. Ayurvedically, this practice balances kapha dosha, the earth-water elements which predominate at spring, often associated with lethargy, slow metabolism and congestion.
The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing (Garshana) :
- Invigorating and energizing
- Boosts immune function and metabolism
- Promotes brighter, smoother skin
- May help remove fat deposits, cellulite and stagnation (e.g. from too much sitting)
- Relieves stress and fatigue
- Helps to balances kapha dosha in the body
- Can help reduce clogged pores
- This practice takes about 1-2 minutes and can be done in the morning, before your daily shower.
- Use a natural bristle body brush, gloves or loofah such as this one. Avoid using plastic plastic loofahs.
- Stand in the shower or bathtub with your natural bristle body brush.
- Start at the soles of the feet and work your way up, moving the energy toward the heart. Avoid brushing the breasts, neck, face or any sensitive areas of the body. Use gentle sweeping strokes on the arms, legs and neck (see diagram below). You can also use circular motion on joints, the stomach and buttocks.
- You may wish to complement this practice with an oil massage (helps balance vata).
- Take your daily shower or bath as usual.
- Enjoy the subtle and energizing effects of this practice throughout your day.
- Due to it’s rough and dry quality, this practice increases vata dosha. Avoid or reduce this practice when vata is high.
- Avoid dry skin brushing during your menstrual cycle.
- If you have any health complications, please seek the advice of your doctor or naturopath before trying this practice.
Clean your brush about once a month using a few drops of natural soap or an essential oil with anti-bacterial qualities (e.g. tea tree).
I hope you enjoy adding this practice to your daily or weekly routine.
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About The Author
Briya Freeman has been facilitating courses in meditation, stress-reduction and self-healing since 2011.
She primarily draws her inspiration from Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman, and an extensive background in traditional healing arts from various world traditions.
Briya is committed to promoting self-awareness as a vehicle for more artful and inspired living. She currently resides in the Gatineau Hills in Quebec, Canada.
The purpose of these articles is to provide information about ayurveda, herbalism and natural self-care, and is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively.