What Is Body Brushing? Should I Add It To My Massage?


Dry brushing is a way to stimulate the skin and remove dead skin cells with a gentle brushing massage. Dry brushing was recommended by the Finnish doctor, Paavo Airola, for his patients 30 years ago and is still popular in European spas and medical centers. 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.


You can dry brush any time of day, but the morning is good because it really wakes you up. It’s great to dry brush before a shower, bath or applying a natural moisturizer. Dry brushing should always be done toward the heart and you can vary the pressure but it doesn’t need to be hard or rough to be effective.


Benefits of body brushing:

  • Stimulates the lymphatic system

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Stimulates circulation

  • Improves the function of the nervous system

  • Exfoliates dry, rough skin, enabling moisturizing products to absorb into the skin and opens pores to help with eliminating toxins from the skin.

  • Assists with stimulation of sweat and oil glands, contributing to the restoration of moist, supple skin.

  • Tightens the skin preventing premature aging.

  • Gentle stretching of connective tissues from brushing helps to regenerate production of collagen and elastin fibers.

  • Alleviates vein and lymph congestion to reduce the appearance or cellulite.

Body brushing is a wonderful addition to your massage therapy session! Add dry brushing to your massage to : slough away dead skin, increase circulation and lymph flow, awaken nerve endings to elicit the relaxation response in your body, tighten skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite, and improve skin tone and clarity. It feels amazing! A new brush is used for each client and you will take it with you for at home use.


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