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What are the Benefits of Dry Brushing in Ayurveda?

Dry brushing - also known as gharshana, or skin brushing, is a technique that is recommended by Ayurveda practitioners around the world. Dry brushing in Ayurveda is generally done with silk or linen gloves. These materials help to prevent friction, making sure that the brushing will feel nice. Wearing these gloves, you will perform a number of quick, vigorous strokes on your skin to help eliminate toxins, dust, or dead skin.

The practice is quite simple, but can provide you with profound health benefits by helping to speed up the removal of toxins from the body. 

Key Benefits of Dry Brushing:

(1) Improved muscle tone Enhanced skin health, ‘glowing’ skin 

(2) Decreased physical effects of stress 

(3) Helps to enhance metabolism and thus helps to regulate weight 

(4) Encourages the removal of ama (toxins) 

(5) Improves circulation 

(6) Helps to fight and remove cellulite

Dry brushing also stimulates your nervous system leaving you feeling invigorated. Be sure not to brush too hard, you don't want to irritate or tear the skin.  Make sure to dry brush in the morning before you shower so you can rinse the dead skin and toxins away. And, you should replace your dry brush every six months.

TIP: Always brush in circular upward motions moving toward your heart.