Tuesday, 3 May 2016

A Little Bathroom Therapy

A Little Bathroom Therapy Post

Last week I was reminded of something I learned about probably 5 years ago when I took a home study Clinical Nutrition course. If I’m totally honest, the course on the whole was pretty diabolical, but there were a few interesting takeaways – one of which I’d like to talk about today.

The practise of dry brushing has apparently been around for centuries. As with many therapeutic health ‘treatments’, the Scandinavians were among the first to do it and have been doing it ever since. It’s an invigorating experience and one that I’d recommend trying, even if you’re not ordinarily inclined to go for stuff like that. The cool thing is that it doesn’t take very long, you can easily plug it into your routine and you can do it yourself.


WHAT YOU NEED
A long handle body brush with natural bristles. I went for this one from Amazon.

WHAT TO DO
  • Get naked
  • Stand in a bath or shower (don’t turn it on!)
  • Starting at your feet, brush your skin with long, sweeping strokes towards your heart (stroking away from your heart can cause circulatory problems)
  • Adopt a circular motion over any joints
  • Feel free to go over the same spot more than once – just don’t press too hard to scrub your skin
  • When you’re done, take a nice warm shower
  • OPTIONAL – when you’re showered and dry, rub a natural oil into the skin (I opt for a cheapo coconut oil)


BENEFITS
  • Exfoliation – Dry brushing helps to remove dead skin cells for a cleaner, fresher look and feel.Unclogs pores – The skin is the largest organ in the body and is a major player in detoxification and nutrient absorption. Neither will work if the pores are blocked.
  • Stimulation of lymphatic system – Dry brushing helps to get the detoxification engine running. It stimulates the secretion of toxins from those now unblocked pores.
  • Reduction of cellulite – Some research suggests that reducing the toxic load beneath the skin can help to reduce cellulite. Surely that’s worth a go!
  • Stress relief – Much like a massage, or more relevant in this case, having your back scratched, can feel invigorating and relaxing, dry brushing has a similar effect.

So go and buy yourself a brush and get started!



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