Tip #7: Use a Dry Brush Before Showering
This health tip is fun, energizing, and good for your immune health! A great activity to build into a morning routine. For those who don’t know what dry brushing is, here is a thorough article about it from Bayan Botanicals, a great website for information on all things Ayurveda.
While standing in the shower (to catch the dead skin….bleh, I know), use a natural bristle body brush and gently brush the skin of your entire body with strokes toward the heart. This feels great, is stimulating and energizing – great for a pick me up if you’re someone who has trouble getting the juices flowing in the mornings. Bonus – its good for you too! Dry brushing may stimulate the lymphatic system which supports the immune system and removes toxins. Stimulating the lymphatic system is great for those who have a build up of toxins, or ama – as its called in Ayurveda. Some signs of ama include, sluggishness, constipation, body odor, weakened immunity and brain fog to name a few.
Dry brushing has benefits for all, but if you are someone who has excess energy (stress, anxiety, overactive thoughts) consider following your dry brushing with an oil massage. A brief self-massage with a good quality oil calms the nervous system and nourishes the skin. You can do all this yourself in just a few minutes before your regular shower. Have fun with this one and enjoy soft skin, and renewed energy!
Don’t forget to join us in our meditation group for Day 7’s “stimulating” meditation. You can join anytime to participate in our 30 Days of 5 Minute Meditations Series.