Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymph canals to drain toxic mucoid matter into the blood, thereby purifying the entire system. This enables the lymph to perform its house-cleaning duties by keeping the tissues detoxified.
The immune system is housed in the lymph nodes so it is important to keep the lymph moving and to clean out the old. The only other way to move lymph is by professional lymph massage, movement and exercise.
Dry skin brushing also helps to shed dead skin cells, which can help improve skin texture and cell renewal. It increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, which greatly aids the lymphatic drainage of the entire body. It increases the circulation to the skin can also help lessen the appearance of cellulite.
What you need: one light to medium bristle skin brush, or facecloth covering your hand. I tell people to get a back brushing for showering as they are inexpensive. I keep it near my pajamas as it's the easiest time to remember to do it.
How to: Before you start brushing, lightly massage the area in your upper left chest under your color bone to loosen the pectoral muscles and open the lymph duct. You can also stretch your pect muscle by stretching your arm in a doorway or by hanging your arm off your bed while laying face up on the bed.
Before bed, take the “dry brush” and lightly brush your skin from the extremities towards the heart in slow light strokes. When I say lightly I mean so light that it is similar to the pressure you would use to give yourself goosebumps on your skin.
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