'Scrubbing', or dry skin brushing, and 'summer fun' aren't two phrases we would normally associate, but if you can connect these together and integrate a little of both into your daily routine now, your body will thank you for it long after summer has faded.
Why? Because brushing your skin for just 5 minutes a day before you shower will help;
- Wake up your lymphatic system (which cleans out toxins)
- Rejuvenate your skin cells
- Boost your blood circulation and immune system
- Reduce cellulite (hoorah!)
- Improve your digestion and kidney function
- Reduce the signs of ageing
- Improve the texture of your skin
- Feel invigorated and re-energized
It's an ancient Ayurvedic cleansing practice that's been in use for over 5000 years and it's very simple. You simply need a soft natural bristle brush (or a mucinosis thetic brush or a natural sisal fibre glove - definitely nothing synthetic) which you brush all over your body. It's best to go gently from out to in - from the soles and tops of your feet to your thighs, from you fingertips to under your arms and up to your shoulders, from your abdomen to you chest and from the bottom of your back to your neck - brushing in short, circular strokes towards your heart, boosting your circulation as you go. Do what feels good - it shouldn't hurt - avoid any bruises or damaged skin - and finish with a shower to help shed those all those unwanted skin cells.
And what about the summer fun part? Well, this summer we had the opportunity to join founder and creator of the GYROTONIC® method Julu Horvath for his GYROKINESIS® rejuvenation course at the Eaglesnest in the Black Forest in Germany.
Learning more about dry skin brushing together with a group of like-minded people outdoors in the freshest mountain air was invigorating, energising and lots of fun - we all left with a smile. Most of us might think dry skin brushing is something private to do by ourselves indoors, as part of our more personal hygiene or beauty routines, but it's so much more than that.
Dry skin brushing helps fundamentally improve our health, both inside and out - the skin is the largest organ of the body and it is an important organ for elimination of toxins. As we get older, our skin's ability to shed dead cells gets less efficient, resulting in a build up of dead skin cells and a slightly leathery look to older skin. This also places extra strain on our other organs, so dry skin brushing not only helps our skin breathe and keep it looking good, it also helps our overall good health and vitality. By stimulating a sluggish lymphatic system (brushing under the arms and inside thighs is especially good for this) and boosting circulation, we're giving our bodies the best possible start to the day.
And like yoga and pilates, dry brushing as part of your get-up-and-go routine can be even more pleasurable if you make the most of where you are and do it outside during the summer. The main thing is, whether you do it outside or inside or both, to give yourself a summer fun boost right now and try working it into one of your own daily routines - and please share any personal tips or recommendations for getting into the Flow in the comments below.