Dry Brushing? Anyone know how to do it?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jane32, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. jane32

    jane32 New Member

    So I bought the brush and I know you are suppose to go towards your heart but do you do the back of your legs as well. Are you suppose to wet the brush. I did it lighlty and I felt like I was scratching my skin. Do you do your neck and face??? Thanks for any suggestions.
    [This Message was Edited on 03/02/2006]
  2. jane32

    jane32 New Member

    I figured I was way off and thought if I spent the money for the brush I might as well learn the correct way to use it.

    I have one final question. I do have a natural long brush but it does hurt even lightly. Is is suppose to feel this way?

    Maybe my skin is just so dry that it makes it feel much worse then it really is suppose to be!
  3. jane32

    jane32 New Member

    for explaining everything:)
  4. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    My massage therapist explained to me how to do this but I had forgotten what she said. I have had breast cancer and have had lots of lymph nodes removed and I have swelling. This will help so much.
  5. leomonkey

    leomonkey Member

    I like mouse's version

    I had directions I made for a friend a while ago... they are lengthy but may still be useful.

    Dry Skin Brushing

    Dry skin brushing tones the immune and circulatory systems. It may reduce the duration of infection and accelerate the clearing of toxins. It will reduce cellulite, help support the immune system during cancer and other chronic illness treatment. Best of all, it feels really good!

    1. Using your right hand, gently slide the brush along your right jaw line starting from your earlobe to the underside of your chin 7 times.

    2. Place the brush at the hairline on your neck and gently pull around the right side of your neck to the Adam's apple 7 times.

    3. Hold the brush with your right hand at the bottom of your neck (where it joins the top of your back) and bring it around your neck to the right and down along your right collar bone and end up between your collar bones.

    4. Stroke your breastbone in a circular fashion to stimulate the thymus gland. Carefully brush the breast in a circular motion. To stimulate the pituitary gland, hold the brush on the back of your head near the base of your neck and rock the brush up and down, then side to side, both 14 times.

    5. Hold the brush in your left armpit with your right hand and rotate it counter clockwise 7 items, then clockwise 7 times. Repeat on your right armpit with your left hand.

    6. Brush upward 7 times from your upper right thigh to your right armpit. Repeat process on your left side. Women may need to hold their breast out of the way with their free hand.

    7. Brush back and forth over your belly button and around your waistline 14 times (like passing a basketball behind your back).

    8. Brush in a circular motion over your belly-button, counter-clockwise 7 times then clockwise 7 times. Finish brushing the front of your body in any direction starting at the bottom and brushing all the way up 14 times. Very little pressure needs to be applied to the genitals and women's breasts because the skin is sensitive and will redden if irritated.

    9. Brush up and down your spine from the base of your neck and down as far as you can 14 times Finish your upper back by stroking it around toward your 11 sides.

    10. Brush your spine from tailbone up as high as you can reach 14 times, holding the brush with two hands or with the detachable wooden handle. Finish your lower back by stroking it around toward your sides).

    11. Brush up from right ankle to right knee and work all the way around your leg, brushing up towards your heart This improves blood circulation, firms skin and gets rid of cellulite.

    12. Hold the brush in the right groin with both hands and rotate it 7 times counter-clockwise, then 7 times clockwise. Repeat with the left groin.

    13. Brush from right knee to right hip 7 times. Work all the way around your leg continuing to brush upwards (towards the heart).

    14. Brush up from right ankle to right knee and work all the way around your leg, brushing up towards your heart (Figure 11). This improves blood circulation, firms skin and gets rid of cellulite.

    15. Brush around your right ankle 7 times.

    16. Brush back and forth over the top of your right foot from toes to ankle.

    17. Brush across your right toes on top and underneath 7 times.

    18. Brush the bottom of your right foot heel to toe 7 times.

    19. Repeat numbers 11-12 for your left thigh, left leg and foot.

    20. Brushing upward from right elbow to your armpit and shoulder, cover that entire area 7 times.

    21. Brush from your right wrist to the elbow in the same manner 7 times.

    22. Repeat number 14 for your left arm.

    23. Lightly brush the webbing (or junction) between your left thumb and index or pointer finger on the palmside 14 times, then on the non-palmside 14 times.

    24. Brush your left palm from wrist to fingertips and back 7 times. Brush the back of your left hand the same way 7 times.

    25. Brush each left hand finger individually back and forth 7 times on the areas that have not been brushed yet.

    26. Repeat steps 16-17 for your right hand.
  6. Dee50

    Dee50 New Member

    I do this in the morning and before I go to bed. I brush toward my heart. I love it, feels so good. My dog and cat wait for they're turn.lol They really do.
    Dee50
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  7. jane32

    jane32 New Member

    I think I must need a softer brush b/c mine does nto feel good. My skin has white and red scratch marks on it afterwards.

    Does anyone know of a good place to get a brush-store or online?
  8. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    When I was doing this I had a wonderful brush. It had a removable long handle and a strap over the back of the brush so it was easier to hold. The bristles were natural and extremely soft.

    It felt wonderful when I did it, but within a couple of days I had extremely tender skin everywhere I brushed. I asked my GP about it and he said some people just can't handle it no matter what kind of brush they use or how gently they brush.

    I still use the brush on my back (praise the Lord for that long handle) because it gets so itchy in the cold weather, but I have to be really careful.

    If you can do it, and do it consistantly, I understand it is wonderful for your lymph system. How it works is beyond my little brain to understand, but if I could do it I would be!!

    Hugzz
    Greenbean

    Stop and smell the puppies!
  9. berrytired

    berrytired New Member

    This is all new to me. Thanks for the info.
  10. Dee50

    Dee50 New Member

    My brush is a natural boar (black hairs) with a wooden handle. I don't my face but I do my whole neck front and back and the soles of my feet too.lol
    Take care,
    Dee50
  11. berrytired

    berrytired New Member

    Has anyone seen any results from this i.e. cellulite?
  12. hopeful4

    hopeful4 New Member

    I bought a natural bristle brush at the health food store and was all excited to try the dry brushing. I have to say that it was torture. I ended up in tears on what turned out to be a not so great day.

    It did not hurt on the palms of my hands or the bottoms of my feet. On the rest of me, it was painful. I brushed as lightly as I could. Now I'm not so big on trying it again.

    Why didn't the health store give me a hint that the brushing could hurt? They only had one kind of natural bristle available, not a selection of softer bristles. What to do?
  13. Tantallon

    Tantallon New Member

    but anything that helps with cellulite AND tightens skin, never mind the benefits to circulation and lymph glands, has got to be worth a try.

    Cheers for the info
    Sue
  14. jane32

    jane32 New Member

    my health food store on;y carries one brand too. I think I will go to Bed, Bath and Beyond today. I am having a good day so might as well get some errands done!