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Dry Body Brushing & The Lymphatic System

What is dry body brushing and why do it?

So before explaining about dry brushing, it’s important to understand the lymphatic system a little bit.

We all have a ‘waste removal process’ called the lymphatic system, within our bodies – made up of a complex network or branches, nodes, fluid and vessels. This is responsible for moving toxins, stagnant blood, bacteria and unwanted minerals and heavy metals out of our bodies. The lymphatic vessels contain walls and valves that regulate the flow of lymph which then gets pushed through the vessels by our muscles.

The lymph fluid gets collected into two main lymphatic channels which once filtered, then returns into the bloodstream.

Due to many factors, it can become sluggish, slow or blocked entirely so some assistance may be required.

Massage therapy can be a good way of stimulating this network to function better, but there is a specific technique required. So then there’s also things like dry body brushing.

Because the lymphatic system lies closely to the surface of the skin, applications such as body brushing can be very effective.

Dry body brushing can also act as a mild exfoliation for dead skin cells as it comprises bristles that are slightly abrasive.

How do I dry brush?

It is important to always start brushing from the bottom of your body up – begin at the ankles and then sweep upwards towards the heart in short or long passes. Use a light - medium pressure. Pay extra attention to the lymph nodes that lie near your groin, armpits, neck, stomach and clavicle area.

You may even like to first stimulate or ‘wake up’ the nodes in preparation for the dry brushing, by doing very gentle pulses around these areas. This helps to pump the fluid more effectively.

When should I dry brush?

The best time to do dry body brushing is before showering and first thing in the morning or the evening and this can be done daily!

*Notice if any of your lymph nodes are swollen as this can indicate a more serious condition or illness so it is advised to let your doctor know of any swelling in these areas.

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