Body Brushing : A Daily Habit For Health

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Body Brushing: A Daily Habit for Health
Dry skin brushing is one of the healthiest, self-help methods available to us today. The best part? It takes seconds to do, can be done in the comfort of your own home, is painless and free!
Variations of skin brushing have been practiced for thousands of years. For many centuries, the Japanese employed vigorous skin brushing with loofah sponges as a prelude to their traditional hot bath. Prior to bathing, usually following a hard training session or physical competition, ancient Greek athletes used strigilēs –specialized, spoon-like skin scrapers to remove the grime of exertion, and to encourage circulation. Among the American Indians, skin brushing with dried corn cobs to enhance skin beauty and durability was once a traditional practice. Others scrubbed their skin using sand from river bottoms. Presently, Gua Sha is a variation of skin brushing and is practiced in Chinese acupuncture.
So why is this technique so enduring? Because it works!

The skin is as major an organ as the heart, lungs and kidneys. Its primary functions include respiration, excretion, blood circulation, lymph circulation, immunity and the conduction of Chi (life force energy). However, unlike other vital organs, the skin can be easily accessed and can mediate systemic rejuvenation by a variety of therapeutic techniques, including proper skin brushing.
Brushing of the skin sets in motion natural healing pathways within your body by stimulating nerve beds within…
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