Always juggling between one errand and the other, pressured by multiple approaching deadlines with an often messed up diet, we all live in an age in which toxins pile up and in the long run, it takes its toll on our balance, health and physical appearance. There is a way of “scraping off” stress and rejuvenating to new beauty: Body Brushing (or Dry Brushing).
Body Brushing: what is it?
Body Brushing is a body treatment performed with the aid of special semi-rigid brushes. At a beauty spa, a session can even last up to 45 minutes and can also be performed by two people simultaneously working on the body using all four hands. Body Brushing normally starts from the feet then upwards to the head and massages the neck.
Body Brushing: the benefits
The first tangible benefit of a Body Brushing session lies in the fact that we are taking special care of ourselves, interrupting the vicious cycle of stress. The massage produced by the thistles is exfoliating, i.e. it helps to “scratch” away dead cells from the skin. It also is stimulating for the lymph nodes and glands, in addition to the sense of relaxation produced by the brush’s massaging effect on our muscles. Those who have tried Body Brushing have all been positively impressed and claim that when the treatment is performed by masterful hands that know how to gently dose touch, movement and rhythm, the epitome of wellness is achieved in the precise instant when the four brushing hands intersect, giving you a sense of intoxication that loosens control of the mind.
Body Brushing: is it for everyone?
Those who suffer from dermographism should use caution but generally speaking, if there are no specific medical contraindications, the treatment is available to anyone. However, it is always best to consult specialized healthcare centers or professional experts, because the skin is an organ that is very easily damaged. Consulting a trusted dermatologist is also advisable before signing up for a Body Brushing session.
Body Brushing: can I practice it every day?
That’s hard to say, considering that a search online will not produce a clear yes or no answer. What we can recommend is that you always apply a bit of caution. Knowing how to listen to your body is necessary to properly regulate the duration, intensity and frequency of your Body Brushing sessions. You should keep in mind that this treatment is meant to always be enjoyable and never painful, and that your skin needs time and space to fully regenerate itself. You might want to consider a quick “scrub” a day under the shower, but no more than a couple of sessions a month at the beauty spa.
Body Brushing: can I practice it at home?
The answer is yes, although it’s important to keep a few rules in mind:
- the brush needs to be of good quality, with thistles made from natural materials
- the thistles need to be carefully washed after every brushing session
- each member of the family should have his/her own brush
- the brush needs to be tilted at an angle of 45° from the skin
- you should always start with the ankles and work your way up towards the heart if you are brushing in the morning, and directing the brush outward if the treatment is performed at night
Body Brushing: what kind of brush should I use?
In this case too, it is advisable to ask an expert retailer whom you trust. In general, wooden brushes with plant-based thistles (i.e. istle fiber) or Japanese brushes in Sisal fiber are highly recommended. If possible, it is best to avoid brushes with thistles made of plastic and to exert extreme caution when using brushes with copper thistles.
Body Brushing: dry, wet or…?
Dry Body Brushing is probably the best technique to produce benefits for your skin, but that’s not as if to say that brushing under the shower is not a good idea. At beauty spas the treatments include scrub powders, creams, essential oils or even combo offers including a body massage.
Body Brushing: the origins
The first person to advocate the importance of Body Brushing was probably Sebastian Kneipp, a German abbot from the 19th century who invented several hygiene practices and who introduced us to hydrotherapy.