Dry Brushing Your Skin

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Detoxifying your body is an important step in achieving holistic wellness , and there are several components of the detox process that you will need to become familiar with in order to take hold of your health. Along with a cleansing diet to detox the inside of the body, you can detox from the outside with the technique of dry brushing. This simple practice is relaxing, revitalizing, and helpful to the natural processes that cleanse the body. Here are some of the basics about dry brushing to get you started on this process at home:

  • Why do it? Dry brushing the skin helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for carrying toxins out of the body. When you wake up the skin through the process of dry brushing, the circulation of toxins between the lymph vessels speeds up. Therefore, toxins are removed from the body faster, so you feel less tired and get sick less often. An added benefit of dry brushing is exfoliation of dead skin cells, so the immediate result will be softer, smoother skin.
  • How is it done? The most important part of dry brushing is the direction of the brush strokes. You should brush in long strokes toward the heart, starting from the lower body and moving upwards. This motion will flow with the circulation of the lymphatic system. To dry brush, you should invest in a large brush with stiff bristles and a long handle. You can order brushes for dry brushing from the OHI Store by calling (888)643-7867.
  • When to do it? Brush just before showering when your skin is completely dry. You should apply just enough pressure to pull the skin slightly, but brushing should not hurt. If you have brushed correctly, you will notice that your skin is slightly pink but not overly irritated.

Explore even more ways to facilitate natural, invigorating healing by visiting Optimum Health Institute . The holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute consists of three-week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind, and spirit. Along with learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting, and exercise, guests learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirits with study, prayer, and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program, call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org.