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Ever Try Dry Skin Brushing? July 21, 2009

Posted by mygiftofcancer in cancer.
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This morning I read about Dry Skin Brushing  and even watched a demonstration video. For the past few days I’ve been improvising as I wasn’t really sure of the technique, but even in my own clumsy style, I’ve reaped some of the benefits! For one, my VERY dry skin is actually smoother, though at first I thought I was just irritating it. And secondly, it is very invigorating and actually feels great for quite some time afterwards. I think the brush I’m using is a bit too coarse, but it’ll be a while before I get a chance to look for a better one, so I’ll keep using it. Maybe I’ll just toughen up!

The research I did made many claims for the benefits of dry skin brushing, including that it is helpful in eliminating toxins related to cancer treatments. I’m not on any medication for my breast cancer, but I believe that the more ways I can help my body get rid of toxins and improve the efficiency of my immune system, the better for me and the healthier I’ll be. Try it!

Here are some quotes from some of the articles:

Dry Brushing was recommended by the Finnish Dr., Paavo Airola* for his patients 30 years ago and is still popular in European spas and many cancer treatment centers today. The Russians, Turks and Scandinavians have used this treatment for centuries. Dry brushing is promoted as a preventative for dry skin and a way to exfoliate the skin, thus stimulating skin renewal that is super soft to the touch, but there are many other benefits as well:

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing Explained:

1. Removes cellulite

2. Cleanses the lymphatic system

3. Removes dead skin layers

4. Strengthens the immune system

5. Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands

6. Tightens the skin preventing premature aging

7. Tones the muscles

8. Stimulates circulation

9. Improves the function of the nervous system

10. Helps digestion

11. AND it’s easy, inexpensive and invigorating!

Tips and Tricks for Dry Brushing:

  • Always dry brush your dry and naked body before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.

  • You can do the brushing head-to-toe or toe-to-head.  It really doesn’t matter as long as the entire body is brushed. Long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart.

Note: Stroking away from your heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and can cause ruptured vessels and varicose veins.

  • Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.

  • Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 15 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day is good. You can also dry brushareas of cellulite five to 10 minutes twice a day to achieve cellulite dissolving but the technique needs to be done consistently for a minimum of five months.

  • Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken such as areas of skin rash, wounds, cuts, and infections. Also, never brush an area affected by poison oak or poison ivy.

  • Finish up with your regular shower and ending with three hot and cold cycles. That means turning on the water as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then as cold as you can handle it, then hot, then cold for three cycles. End with either hot or cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the skin.

  • After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oils such as olive, avocado, apricot, almond, sesame, coconut or cocoa butter. Add a little peanut and Castor oil to the mix if you have arthritis. Edgar Cayce says this works to take out some of the pain, and we’ve found that to be true over the years.

  • Clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your skin brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.

  • Any well designed program will take about 30 days to see and experience the changes. Please be patient and keep up the program! For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of three months.

How to Dry Brush (Easy, Fast Instructions):

  • Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.
  • Continue brushing up your legs.
  • Proceed to your hands and arms.
  • Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
  • Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
  • Lightly brush the breasts.
  • Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck. Better yet, have a friend, spouse or family member brush your back.

After brushing, take a hot shower with soap (about three minutes in duration), followed by a 10-20 second cold rinse. Repeat this procedure three times. If the hot/cold showers are too extreme, a warm shower can be used. Follow the shower with a rubdown with either a sponge or towel to remove dead skin.

The above was taken from “Natural Health Techniques”

*Dr. Paavo O. Airola, N.D., Ph.D. (1918, Finland-1983) was a nutritionist, naturopathic physician, educator and author. Paavo Airola died at age 64 of a stroke, which was the result of complications from injuries sustained during his emigration from Finland to Canada after World War II.

He promoted a diet that contained very little salt, no refined sugar, no coffee, very little meat, and no refined carbohydrates. To alleviate the symptoms and causes of arthritis, cancer, asthma, obesity, diabetes, and abnormal heart rhythms, he recommended juice fasting up to 40 days on juices made from raw fruits and vegetables.

Mainstream medicine, during his time, regarded him as a controversial figure who advocated many views that were unproven by science. Some of his views have become more widely accepted in recent years, such as the efficacy of anti-oxidants against free-radical action, while other views have proven unfounded.



1. dphealthcareconsulting - July 23, 2009

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Take care, Dennis

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