During our discussion of Dr. Berkowsky’s Vital Chi Skin-Brushing System last week, I was unable to clearly explain the proper technique for dry brushing a particularly cellulite-prone area: da bootay. After multiple failed attempts, I hope these diagrams will help explain it better.
As I mentioned in last week’s post, the traditional instructions for dry skin brushing advise starting with the feet and brushing towards the heart. My lymph drainage therapist told me it is better to start with the major concentrations of lymph nodes (in the groin, armpit region, etc. ) and then move toward the heart. Generally speaking, this is good advice. But we are serious cellulite-investigators here. We need the specifics!
Dr. Berkowsky explains that the lymphatic vessels in the gluteal region don’t flow up towards the heart, but around the hip and down towards the lymph glands in the groin. Therefore it’s best to brush the skin in this direction if you are trying to optimize lymphatic flow.
To illustrate this technique, I searched through all the lymphatic diagrams in Gray’s Anatomy, a classic anatomy text first published in the mid-nineteenth century. Gray confirms that the lymphatic vessels in the buttocks drain into the superficial inguinal glands and the superficial subinguinal glands (see the second figure below).
So please let me know if this explanation is better. When dry brushing your butt, start near the center (at the edge of the glute) and brush in an arc up and around the side of your leg.
Then arc down toward the lymph vessels in the groin (shown in blue in the image below).
In the Gray’s Anatomy text, the lymphatic vessels are described as “exceedingly delicate, and their coats are so transparent that the fluid they contain is readily seen through them.”1 That is why a gentle technique such as dry skin brushing (or manual lymphatic drainage) is effective at increasing the flow of lymph through the superficial lymphatic vessels.
I hope this explanation makes more sense. Did the diagrams help get the point across?
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