Once you understand how the lymphatic system causes cellulite, it’s easy to see how brushing the skin could have an effect on the appearance of cellulite.
Often referred to as the third kidney, the skin is one of the largest eliminative organs in the body. In fact, healthy skin can excrete a pound of waste a day! Clogged pores impair the skin’s ability to get rid of waste products, adding to the load that must be carried out through the lymphatic vessels.
Dry brushing is not a complicated technique. All it requires is a stiff, natural bristle brush. It must be performed when the skin is dry, otherwise it won’t effectively clear the pores. Brushing should be firm, causing the skin to achieve a slight glow (a good indicator that circulation is increased), but not so much that it becomes red or irritated.
Instructions vary as to the most efficient method for dry brushing but most lymphatic specialists suggest it is best to start with areas that have a high concentration of lymph nodes. A good routine is to start with several brisk strokes over the inner thigh, and then go over the upper leg –always moving towards the heart. Continue with the lymph nodes behind the knee before covering the lower leg and feet. Since you are trying to follow the direction of lymphatic flow, then continue up over the abdomen and lower back.
For the upper body, first target the dense lymph concentrations in the neck and collarbone region before brushing the upper arms, the inner elbows, and then the forearms and hands -still moving in the direction of the heart at all times. Finally, brush along the sides of the torso as well as the upper back. Dry brushing takes only a few minutes and can be done once or twice a day if desired.
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