Dry brushing is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that helps promote circulation, stimulates and cleanses your lymphatic system, and helps your body get rid of toxins. In Sanskrit, this practice is called garshana (gar-shun-aa).
This is a fantastic practice to do during the Kapha season (late winter through spring) to help increase circulation and stimulate Kapha in the body (in the body, Kapha is mucous which can get accumulated in the lymph or the sinuses and create stagnation).
DRY BRUSHING AND THE DOSHAS
Dry brushing is a beautiful practice for people who have Kapha predominantly in their constitution as this will help increase circulation. Feel free to do this practice year around, daily or a few times a week.
For those that are more dominant in Pitta, you can do this 3-4x/week during the Kapha season and during the Vata season (late fall through early winter). I don’t recommend dry brushing during the Pitta season (summer season) as a more cooling practice should be incorporated such as a daily oil massage with coconut oil.
Those with more Vata in their constitution can do this 1-2x/week during the Kapha season but should focus more on a daily oil massage the rest of the year using sesame oil.
Schedule a consultation with me to see what your Ayurvedic constitution is and how you can incorporate dry brushing into your self-care practice.
BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING
HOW TO PRACTICE
Where: Stand in the bathtub, shower, or over a towel (as dead skin cells will accumulate)
1. Start with your feet and move up:
2. Move to the hands and arms
3. Finish from the Neck down to the chest:
Afterward: Dry brushing removes the dead skin cells leaving your skin exfoliated. Shower as usual and be sure to use a natural, high-quality cream or oil after you shower.
WHEN TO AVOID DRY BRUSHING
While this practice is considered very safe and extremely beneficial, you may want to avoid it if you have any of the following conditions:
Like any self-care practice, this is something you should stick with and do consistently to see and feel smoother, radiant skin.