Dry brushing is one of the best ways to keep your body healthy and smooth. It's an excellent way to remove dead skin cells, improve the skin's appearance, (including cellulite), promote cell renewal, and of course lymph flow- boosting your body's natural detoxification process.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues, vessels and organs that helps remove toxins and other waste products from your body. It works in conjunction with the circulatory system, but instead of pumping blood through the body it transports lymph fluid. But unlike our cardiovascular system, our lymph system has no pump so it's important to manually facilitate this movement of fluid.
We have approximately 500-600 lymph nodes throughout our body. These nodes swell in response to infection due to a buildup of this lymph fluid, bacteria, or other organisms and immune issues. These lymph nodes are located in the neck, armpits, groin and abdomen. When they detect an infection or inflammation they produce antibodies to fight it off. They also produce white blood cells which help fight infections by eating bacteria or viruses that have invaded your body (this process is called phagocytosis).
Then there is lymphatic vessels which carry lymph fluid throughout your body so it can be filtered by other organs such as our spleen before returning back into circulation at its original point of entry (like how water flows down hill). The lymphatic fluid itself contains cell debris from dead cells that need removing as well as fats from our diet; both substances would build up if left behind without proper cleaning out!
It is standard practice to dry brush towards your heart but here is a ten step ritual to really open up the drainage pathways and encourage the vacuum effect of lymphatic circulation in your body.
Begin at your supraclavicular lymphatic nodes, found at the base of your neck, just above your collarbones. With your right and left hand, press your fingertips down into the hollows of your collarbone. With a super light touch, begin to massage in a j-motion, down and out towards your shoulders. Repeat ten times
Place your hand in your armpit to stimulate the axillary lymph nodes. Pulse upward into the groove of your armpit. Repeat ten times then repeat on your opposite armpit.
Now begin to dry brush from your hand up to your inner and outer arm towards your armpit. repeat on the other side.
With your left hand, dry brush your right breast into your right armpit then dry brush from your sternum and middle of your chest toward your heart. Repeat on the opposite side.
Dry brush your abdomen in clockwise circular motions. This is the direction your colon runs and will help stimulate proper digestion.
Dry brush your lower back and sides toward your abdomen.
Brush your upper back toward the front of your body. The lymphatic fluid from the back of your body drains toward the front into your heart area,
Place your dry brush on the top of your inner thigh and massage in c-strokes up toward the crease of your thigh to stimulate the inguinal lymph nodes. Repeat five times. Then repeat on the opposite side.
Beginning at your right knee, dry brush above, over, and underneath your knee toward the crease of your thigh. Then brush your lower leg up to your thigh. Brush the back of your calves toward the front of your leg. lastly, brush from your foot to your knee. Repeat on the left leg.
Repeat steps 5 & 4 then finish by brushing straight up your midline towards your heart. Jump up and down a few times in place to further assist your lymphatic flow. Best practiced in a.m.
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