The most pivotal information I gleaned from Dr. Berkowsky’s Vital Chi Skin-Brushing System is how to dry brush cellulite-prone areas. With all the dry brushing articles I’ve read throughout the course of our investigation, I’m still picking up new tidbits of information to tweak my dry brushing routine.
Many dry brushing instructions advise to start at the feet and brush towards the heart. My lymph drainage therapist informed me it’s better to start at areas with dense concentrations of lymph nodes such as the groin/armpits and then move on to the outer regions (still moving towards the heart).
Dr. Berkowsky takes that advice one step further. He advocates beginning with the axillary (armpit) nodes. These nodes drain a large section of the body and are located near where the lymph ducts empty into the blood circulatory system prior to reaching the heart. “Reducing lymphatic tension in the chest enhances tissue drainage of the entire body,” Dr. Berkowsky explains. Only after brushing the entire upper body does the Vital Chi method address cellulite-y regions.
Again, it’s best to start with the dense concentration of lymph nodes in the groin. After a quick technique on the abdomen, Cellulite Region Number One is finally addressed. And can you believe I’ve been doing it wrong all this time?
Following normal dry brushing instructions, I’ve always brushed my glutes up towards the heart. But as Dr. Berkowsky explains, “the superficial lymphatic vessels of the gluteal region turn horizontally around the outer side of the buttocks and join the superficial inguinal glands of the groin.” When it comes to the butt, it’s best not to brush towards the heart. Instead, start brushing from the center, go up and around the hip, and then down towards the groin.
After brushing the lower back and feet, the legs are the last to be brushed. Before I read Dr. Berkowsky’s book, I would brush them first. For our purposes, it makes more sense to brush the legs last, once the rest of the lymphatic system is already moving along. You learn something new everyday!
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