The Benefits of Dry Brushing

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and plays an important role in detoxification. This vital organ can often show warning signs for internal imbalances. Collectively weighing almost twice as much as your liver the skin receives 1/3 of the blood circulating in the body. The skin:

  1. Acts as a protective barrier against viruses and bacteria
  2. Helps in elimination of metabolic waste products from the body
  3. Promotes absorption by assimilating oxygen and other nutrients
  4. Works as a respiratory organ
  5. Regulates body temperature

While your skin acts as the first line of defense in protecting the body, it is important to remember that it is a living, breathing organ and substances that are absorbed by it travel to your lymphatic and blood systems. It is the job of the liver and kidneys to neutralize any adverse effects from exposure to chemical or environmental toxins. Chronic or daily exposure to environmental pollutants and chemical toxins can negatively impact your health, whether absorbed through your skin or lungs.

Skin is often referred to as a third kidney as it works directly with the kidneys in promoting water balance. The skin has hundreds of pores per square inch that require stimulation from tiny muscles that play an important role in supporting detoxification. Detoxification happens with the help of several organs, the liver, colon, lungs, kidneys and skin all work in tandem to cleanse and heal the body. Dry brushing not only promotes healthy and vibrant skin but also:

  1. Exfoliation assists in removing dead skin cells and encouraging cell renewal
  2. Cleansing the pores helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores
  3. Stimulate the hormone and oil-producing glands
  4. Help keep skin soft and supple
  5. Improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage by releasing metabolic waste products and encourages the body's natural cleanup systems.
  6. Help control cellulite by developing better muscle tone and distribution of fat cells.
  7. Uplifting effect on the nervous system through stimulation of nerve endings
  8. Generally helps improve health and vibrancy

How to Dry Brush

  1. Use a natural bristle brush daily for best results.
  2. Starting with the feet and ankles brush gently in smooth circular movement upward toward the heart – lymphatic fluid flows upward through the body.
  3. Move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back, neck and arms using long smooth strokes.
  4. Be careful around soft sensitive skin around the breasts. Never brush over inflamed skin.
  5. Clean your brush every few days with soap and warm water.

The History of Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage was pioneered by Danish Drs. Emil Vodder and Estrid Vodder in the 1930s[2] for the treatment of chronic sinusitisand other immune disorders. While working on the French Riviera treating patients with chronic colds, the Vodders noticed these patients hadswollen lymph nodes. In the 1930s, it was considered taboo to tamper with the lymphatic system due to the medical profession's poor understanding of this system. The Vodders were not deterred by this and, in 1932, began to study the lymph system, developing light, rhythmic hand movements to promote lymph movement. In 1936, they introduced this technique in ParisFrance, and after World War II, they returned to Copenhagen to teach other practitioners to use this therapy.[3]

The Case for Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Craniosacral therapy (CST), or cranial-sacral therapy, is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy focused primarily on the concept of "primary respiration" and regulating the flow ofcerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. To do this, a practitioner will apply light touches to a patient's skull, face, spine and pelvis.[1] Craniosacral therapy was developed by John Upledger, D.O. in the 1970s, and is loosely based on osteopathy in the cranial field (OCF), which was developed in the 1930s byWilliam Garner Sutherland.[1][2]