Chances are you might have heard about all the amazing benefits of dry skin brushing in regards to reducing cellulite.
However, this ancient practice used in Rome (and still used today in Scandinavia, Russia and other places), can actually help reduce pain, brain fog, fatigue and much more!
In fact, it can help reduce some of the 200+ symptoms and co-existing conditions related to fibromyalgia and CFS/ME.
Dry skin brushing also helps blood and lymphatic circulation, and has many other positive attributes…and well…just feels great!*
DRY SKIN BRUSHING… NOT ANOTHER FAD. HONEST!
And no…dry skin brushing is really not ‘just another fad’.
Skin brushing/exfoliation has been done for thousands of years, in many different cultures from Romans to present-day Scandinavians.
And guess what? Animals do it all the time, too! Bears love to brush up against trees. Other animals roll in the dirt and even many of our pets love to be brushed.
WHY DRY SKIN BRUSH?
Because dry skin brushing not only feels good – but it also is an important mechanism for getting rid of dead skin (or fur!) and improving circulation – both blood and lymphatic.
Dry skin brushing kicks out the toxins our skin is harboring and on top of reducing cellulite, makes our skin silky smooth, too!
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP ABOUT DRY SKIN BRUSHING!
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Please note – there is a SPECIFIC method to dry skin brushing that needs to be followed as you are ultimately affecting your lymphatic and circulation systems.
Dry skin brushing goes FAR beyond a beauty regime. Honest. It is imperative to brush a specific way, towards your heart and with specific movements.
After much research, I highly recommend the book by Dr Berkowsky called Vital Chi Skin Brushing System: The Quick Start Program.
Struggling with Pain? Brain Fog? Fatigue? Skin Issues? This Book (& System) is For You!
DON’T DO ANY DRY SKIN BRUSHING BEFORE YOU LEARN THIS SYSTEM
It is easy to follow, but equally, he has done a lot of research and used this technique for over 20 years. There are tons of books, videos and websites showing all the techniques out there – but I believe Dr Berkowsky’s system/book is the best.
The reason I went with Dr Berkowsky’s system, is that I know it is being used in wellness retreats for cancer patients in order to assist with detox and lymphatic drainage. (Plus, as an added bonus, the pictures in it are amusing/hilarious – unintended, but still very funny/corny!!!).
As you can see from the diagram below, you need to follow a specific flow, when carrying out the dry skin brushing. It’s not hard! You just need to understand what you need to do, and how to do it. (Hence Dr. Berkowsky’s book!).
The other thing I like about this easy to read book is that it is spiral bound, so easy to read flat, whilst following through on the techniques. This made it much easier to go through, as the book didn’t keep closing.
BENEFITS OF DRY SKIN BRUSHING
- Improves lymphatic drainage (which will also boost your immune system)
- Improves vascular blood circulation
- Releases toxins and ultimately helps with brain fog, feeling fatigued and sluggish
- Reduces inflammation and pain by getting blood circulation increased, lymphatic drainage increased and toxins kicked out
- Results in brighter, smoother skin and encourages new cell growth.
- Helps with pesky ingrown hairs
- Rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
- Reduces cellulite
- Helps your skin to eliminate clogged pores and therefore absorb more nutrients
- Helps define muscle tone and gives a more even distribution of fat deposits
- Feels great!
- Refreshing and invigorating – especially if you do it first thing in the morning
POOR CIRCULATION, TOXIC BUILD-UP AND MORE…
I fully believe that many of us with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS are HIGHLY toxic. Not only are most of us eating foods that are full of goodness knows what (pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified…you get the drift), but we are also taking medications that are…well…toxic.
Ps. Toxins love to live in fat. So, if you are struggling with weight issues, in addition to fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain (like most of us do), toxicity can be a key root cause.
IMPRESSIVE DRY SKIN BRUSHING RESULTS!
Here’s an example (below) of how dry skin brushing can improve the texture of skin (aka cellulite, where toxins love to live!).
All of these things (and more – such as detergents, soaps, shampoos…an endless list, really), unless organic, are man-made chemicals that leave a trail of nastiness in our bodies – and our skin.
In regards, to medications alone, just look at the side effects we get from many of them! (Or as I like to quote Dr Bruce Lipton, ‘There are no such things as side effects with medications – they are DIRECT effects’.).Impressive dry skin brushing results!
TOXIC BUILD-UP INSIDE AND OUT!
Our skin is our LARGEST organ! It is also the largest ELIMINATION organ.
When we gently brush our skin, we are releasing toxins (and dead skin – up to a pound a day!).
Detoxify, Refresh, Renew, Improve Circulation & SO Much More by Dry Skin Brushing!
DID YOU KNOW?
Our skin can actually eliminate up to 15% waste and is also known as the ‘3rd kidney’.
By giving our skin a good brushing a few times a week (or more), we are setting ourselves up for improved health in so many ways.
FEEL GREAT NOW – AT HOME – OVER AND OVER AGAIN…
…For an investment that’s less than the price of a pizza, you can get a brush for dry skin brushing and then you can start feeling awesome with implementing a dry skin brushing routine.
All I can tell you is after 2 weeks of dry skin brushing, my skin feels softer, the swelling (inflammation) on my neck has reduced (a great spot for toxic build up). I feel refreshed in the morning after I do it and have a shower afterwards.
KICKING OUT TOXINS MEANS REDUCING PAIN, BRAIN FOG, FATIGUE AND MORE…
Dry skin brushing not only improves the appearance of your skin by helping new skin to regenerate, and by removing dead skin cells, it also stimulates blood circulation, the lymphatic system, and greatly enhances toxin elimination.
Toxins build up in our body and cause inflammation…which in turn causes us pain. Toxins can also be a real source of brain fog, lethargy and fatigue, too.
So what if we could do something ourselves where the investment is less than a ticket to the movies? (Or a pizza…). That invigorates us? Reduces brain fog, kicks out nasty toxins and does so many awesome things for our bodies?
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
Ok. To begin with you need the brush (obviously). After that, it is up to you! However, Dr Berkowsky recommends in his skin brushing technique book the following to really carry through the improvements made by your dry skin brushing:
1. Three brushes (all of which you can get here as a set)
- Separate facial brush (which is softer and more gentle)
Natural Bristles Will Help to Deep Clean Skin Pores, Remove Blackheads, Exfoliate & Remove Dead Skin Cells. Helps Tighten & Tone Facial Skin.
- Brush for your body
- Brush for your feet (you don’t want to introduce fungus that might be on your feet to your body – or your face!)
You also might want to consider the following…(to ensure that you are not blasting your skin with chlorine and other toxic chemicals after dry skin brushing…)
2. Ionic Shower Filter Head that filters out chemicals and other crud
Negative Ion Mineral Stones Reduce Chlorine and Other Harmful Substances in the Water. Makes Skin & Hair Super Soft, Too!
4. Natural Oils to moisturize with afterward. (Check this natural oil product with lavender oil, almond and grapeseed oil with vitamins E & D for body, face, hair and scalp).
Organic. Calms Skin Irritation, Hives & Cystic Acne. Nourishes & Restores Entire Body Moisture & Stops Itching.
ADDITIONAL PAIN RELIEF AFTER BRUSHING/SHOWER
Also, for added pain relief, try magnesium oil mixed into your moisturizer.
Not only is transdermal magnesium therapy (through the skin vs oral) becoming increasingly recognised to help with joint and muscle pain, it also helps with everything from improving sleep, reducing/eliminating IBS, improves your cardiovascular system, reduces fatigue, increases energy and so much more.
DRY SKIN BRUSHING -THE NEXT LEVEL!
As with anything, having a routine is important and dry skin brushing is no different! Because dry skin brushing has SO many benefits for such little investment and time,it is definitely worth it.
However, I decided to take my detox and dry skin brushing up a few notches! How, you ask? An infrared sauna… in fact, I do my dry skin brushing IN the sauna, which is wonderful for healing and detoxing in general.
DRY SKIN BRUSHING IS SO REFRESHING!
And I am already feeling at the very least refreshed and ready to meet the day a bit better and I am pretty sure that the inflammation caused by toxins (found all over my body!) are reducing in size (and pain). And the red bumpies all over my arms and legs have disappeared, too.
For me, implementing dry skin brushing has been extremely beneficial and even when I am struggling with pain, I do as much as I can – as I feel something is better than nothing!
*THIS MIGHT NOT BE FOR YOU…
Ok. Before you start commenting…I know that this technique isn’t suitable for everyone. I know many of us have allodynia (skin sensitivity), not to mention have severe chronic pain, making it difficult to carry out some of the techniques…This is where the buddy system comes in handy! For allodynia peeps, dry skin brushing is probably not an option for you.
DRY SKIN BRUSHING REALLY CAN REDUCE PAIN, INFLAMMATION AND FATIGUE
By increasing blood circulation, improving lymphatic drainage, sloughing off dead skin cells (and toxins) and many more benefits, dry skin brushing can really help to reduce pain, inflammation, fatigue and brain fog. Why not try it? You might find it’s rather addictive…and at the very, very least, your skin will not only thank you for it, but you will feel refreshed and have baby soft skin in just a few week’s time.