Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, dry brush detox enthusiasts claim that this technique aids the body in eliminating toxins. The skin is also known as the third kidney, according to naturopath Dr. Denice Moffat in "The Dry Brushing Technique," an article on NaturalHealthTechniques.com. Fast, easy and inexpensive, dry brushing is stimulating and invigorating. Although not all medical professionals agree that the dry brush massage provides all the benefits stated by alternative health care practitioners, it is harmless and can leave you feeling refreshed.
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Dry brushing has been used for centuries by Scandinavians and Russians. More than 30 years ago, a Finnish doctor by the name of Paavo Airola prescribed this technique for his patients to detoxify, exfoliate and stimulate the skin.
In addition to the skin benefits of dry brushing, proponents claim that it stimulates the body to naturally detox and purify. Moffat states that it also aids the kidneys and liver by stimulating the skin to help rid the body of toxins. It also helps improve the function of the nervous system, increases lymphatic flow and stimulates the sweat glands, according to "Detox Skin Brushing: A Swift and Powerful Home Detox," an article on PureInsideOut.com. An article on Mothernature.com claims that a dry brush massage may also help minimize the appearance of cellulite.
Dry brush detoxification takes very little time for most people. In the beginning, it may take you up to 15 minutes to complete the regimen. Once you start doing it on a regular basis, you should have the technique down and be able to complete the task in less than five minutes.
All you need to do a dry brush detox is a soft, natural bristle brush with a long handle. Some brushes have removable handles and a strap or shorter handle. You can purchase one of these at a health food store and at some discount and department stores. Since you'll want to take a bath or shower after you do the dry brush massage, it's a good idea to have all your favorite bath items, such as a washcloth, body wash and moisturizers, for afterward.
Tips for Effective Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is simple, but a few tips may help expedite the process. Start with a dry body. Start at the top of your body and work your way down. Always brush toward the heart. Use long motions on your arms and legs, with circular motions on your abdomen and back. If you feel any pain in areas where the skin is thinner, apply less pressure while brushing. Avoid brushing any areas where you have cuts, wounds or infection. Do this once a day and then take a shower or bath immediately afterward.