Don't you just hate waking up in the morning feeling sluggish and heavy? I know I do. In an effort not to feel like this ill poor me a cup of tea and splash water on my face. I found something better than all of that. Ayurvedic Garshana also called Dry Brushing.
This summer I took up this ancient practice. I am a Kapha girl and this is must-do during the summer. Garshana is an ayurvedic dry massaged that refreshes and stimulates the skin, lymphatic system, enhances blood circulation, and releases accumulated toxins. Not only does the practice give you great health benefits it also gives you soft silky skin.
I incorporate dry brushing into my routine before each shower. Dry brushing is energizing so its best done in the morning before you shower. You can use raw silk gloves, soft sponge or a dry brush. that gently removes dead layers of skin. If you use a brush make sure the bristles are all-natural.
This is how you do it!
1. Brush your entire body except for face and heart. Brush gently! We brush towards the heart cakra
2. Start by brushing from the bottom of your feet up the front of the legs.
3. When you get to your belly. Brush in a U motion from the belly button.
4. Then brush the palms moving up towards the shoulders.
5. When you get to the shoulders stop. Begin brushing underneath your ears down toward the shoulders. Don't brush your heart cakra.
6. If you are a girl do your brests gently moving towards the heart.
7. Back of the body: Start from the back of the ankles move up the back of the legs stop at the tail bone.
8. Brush from the sacrum out towards the right and the left of the side body.
9. Move to the back of the hands and up the arms. stop at the shoulders.
10. Brush the back of the neck with downward strokes. Brush out from the spine towards the side of the body as you move down the back. Stop at the sacrum.
11. Good! Now you are done! Shower!
This takes about 5 minutes and is so easy to incorporate in your routine. Try it out and let me know how you like it!