I love starting the day with a positive – performing a ritual that provides numerous physical health benefits, helps to exfoliate and promote beautiful soft skin, and that also provide an opportunity for me to consciously acknowledge and thank my body for being the beautiful, strong body it is. A body that enables me to walk, run, swim, dance, jump, kick, climb, ski and horse ride whenever I desire.
The ritual I am talking about is dry skin body brushing. It only takes a few minutes and I really do swear by it.
Many health experts, including the wonderful Dr Bernard Jensen, recommend dry skin brushing every morning to help promote the following health benefits:
Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
– Tightens skin and improves texture
– Stimulated circulation
– Increases cell renewal
– Helps digestion
– Cleanses the lymphatic system
– Strengthens the immune system
– Improves the function of the nervous system
– Helps in the treatment of cellulite
– Removes dead skin layers
– Stimulates glands, thus helping all your body systems perform more efficiently
How to Dry Skin Brush
Always dry brush your body before you shower or bathe (i.e. whilst you are still dry). You will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result of the brushing action.
Start with the soles of your feet with circular motions. Continue brushing up your legs with sweeping strokes upwards. Proceed to your hands and arms, then brush your buttocks, back, stomach, shoulders and neck. Take care by lightly brushing your chest.
Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken such as skin rash, wounds, cuts and infections.
Choose a natural (NOT synthetic) bristle brush with a long handle so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. Synthetic brushes are too harsh and can potentially damage your skin.
After getting out of the shower, massage your skin with pure plant oils such as sweet almond, jojoba, rosehip, coconut, cocoa butter.
Improving the relationship you have with your body
Do you judge, criticize and compare your body? If so, please stop abusing the vessel that is providing you with the ability to live an enjoyable active life. Be kind to your body.
Be grateful for the body that you have. Turn those negative thoughts and words 180 degrees and start to show your body some love.
As you work your way up from the soles of your feet, to the back of your neck, be grateful for every part of your body and practice “positive self talk” by thanking your body for all that it is and for all that it has the potential to be.
You never know… your body may just start showing you some love in return, transforming in to all that you desire it to be.
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