Our skin does not just protect everything that is underneath it – like our muscles, organs, joints, bones, and blood vessels. It also works as one of our largest detoxification systems. Our bodies have a surface area of between 1.5 and 2 square meters. Our skin consists of several different layers that are made of different types of cells. The very top layer, called epidermis, works like a waterproof barrier that protects the other layers beneath where vessels, sweat glands, and nerve endings are located. The other two main layers are called the dermis and hypodermis. The dermis is where we can find both blood and lymphatic vessels.
#1. Dry Brushing can Activate the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal and healthy lymph flow within the body and assist the body in detoxifying itself naturally.
#2- Balance Hormones
Because the lymphatic system helps to circulate hormones throughout the body, it follows that stagnant lymph may not get hormones where they need to be as efficient as they should be. Another technique that supports lymph flow – manual lymphatic drainage – which is focused on the massage therapist using light short stroking of their hands to move lymphatic fluid.
#3 – Detoxification and Waste Removal
The lymphatic system is one of two circulation systems in the body – the other is the cardiovascular (heart and blood) system. While the cardiovascular system pumps blood, the lymphatic system collects blood that leaks out of vessels and returns it to its place. One of its primary jobs is carrying away metabolic waste and toxins.
#4 – Soft, Smooth Skin
Dry brushing removes dead skin cells and encourages the production of new cells. This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. You’ll notice softer skin even after just your first treatment. Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin. You'll love this benefit of skin brushing and how soft your skin feels when its done this regularly! There are claims that it can help soften cellulite.
#5 – Mind Body Connection
Dry brushing is also an excellent way to improve our mind-body connection. Often we spend all day go-go-going, juggling to-do lists and schedules – sometimes this mental load can keep us “in our head” and feeling disconnected from our physical selves. Having dry brushing at the beginning of a massage you can re-establish that connection and help you feel more connected to your body. If that sounds a little too simple for you, here’s how it works, dry brushing’s gentle and soothing strokes to the nervous system, which supports adrenal functions by reducing stress.