I Love Love Love to take baths, but amidst these hot Toronto summers I opt for a shower and try to take full advantage. Dry Brushing and a little Hydrotherapy right after is an excellent combo for strengthening the lymphatic system, increasing circulation and promoting hormonal detox...... all necessary for a healthy menstrual cycle.
The lymphatic system is the pathway for waste and toxins in the body to be transported and detoxified, but often can be sluggish, creating symptoms like cramps, fatigue, breakouts and low immunity. Luckily most lymph movement can be stimulated through the surface of the skin, this is when dry brushing can encourage lymph to cleanse and recirculate as well as increase blood flow. Assisting the circulatory systems in the body increase nutrients to your cells, decrease stagnation and inflammation, as well as the added bonus of exfoliating your skin and minimizing cellulite!
- You will need a firm bristled brush, often sold at health food stores.
- Begin by sweeping in long strokes upwards, starting at the soles of the feet. Working your way up your legs, abdomen, arms and neck, sweeping in the direction of the heart.
- Concentrate on the thighs, lower abdomen and upper arms for hormone regulation, and pay attention to areas that might feel sore.
- Finish by encouraging healthy digestion with clockwise circles on your intestines and be sure to avoid your face and irritated skin.
After about 2-10 minutes of brushing, jump in to the shower, I suggest adding a couple drops of rosemary, eucalyptus or bergamot essential oils for increased morning energy. Begin with room temp water, getting warmer and warmer for about 90 seconds, then slowly change the water temp to cold and remain there for 30 seconds. Make sure to reach your neck, armpits, knees, abdomen and lower back with cold water. Alternate between hot and cold 3-4 times ending with room temp.
Dry brushing and hot/cold showers are an easy and inexpensive way to detoxify your body, strengthen immunity and get spa like results in a daily routine.