Not bothering to move your lymphatic system is like not sweeping your house and letting the dust just build up. Dry brushing is such a simple thing you can do for your body, and it even feels good, just a few minutes spent brushing can get your whole body tingling. The exciting new news I want to share is to include the head, brushing from the top of the scalp towards the heart. I use a regular hair brush, and switch to a gentle body brush at the neck line. Scientist just recently published finding a lymphatic system in the brain that had eluded everyone else, please read the entire article because it is very exciting. http://neurosciencenews.com/lymphatic-system-brain-neurobiology-2080/ “Kevin Lee, PhD, chairman of the UVA Department of Neuroscience, described his reaction to the discovery by Kipnis’ lab: “The first time these guys showed me the basic result, I just said one sentence: ‘They’ll have to change the textbooks.’”
There are other ways to move the lymphatic system, to move lymph through the body do simple movement of any kind. Walking, bending, stretching–any and all movement will assist with lymphatic movement. To really get it moving, bounce. Bouncing on a trampoline can jumpstart the flow, also turning upside down. I learned in yoga class that people should invert their body for 3 minutes everyday. If you can’t do a headstand, you can do down dog. I like dry brushing in addition to moving, because it is something easy to do for yourself every day. I simply make it a part of my morning routine, just as important as brushing my teeth – which I do a couple times a day to remain cavity-free. I have lived a half a century and not had a cavity to date.
Six Simple Brushing Tips
“Skincare experts recommend using a brush with firm vegetable bristles and a long handle for hard-to-reach places. The lymphatic system is made of one-way valves, and you want to follow its flow in order to encourage elimination. Be methodical with your brushing technique.”
1. Start with the dry(not wet skin) and begin brushing at the fingertips. Work your way up the arm from your fingertips to your shoulders.
2. Use a bristle hair brush and start at the top of the skull using short brush strokes heading towards the top of your spine.
3. Switch back to your dry brush and brush down the neck to the left shoulder blade.
4. Start at your lower back and brush up towards the left shoulder.
Now let’s move on to the bottom half…
5. Start at the bottoms of your feet, and then work up each leg to you arrive at the belly button.
6. You are almost finished, go slow on the front of your body. Be gentle around the belly button, brush your liver and stomach – dry brushing can help the digestive process. Brush around each breast, and massage the area in between the breasts, this area acts like a pump. Brush up to each armpit, and finish with a sweep from the right armpit to the left.
We know why it is important to sweep our home, but why is it important to sweep our body?
The lymphatic system needs a little help, because it has no internal pump. “Our lymphatic system is basically our body’s sewer system. Although it has millions of vessels just like the blood system, it has no strong heart to keep lymph moving. Instead, lymph is moved by breathing, walking, intestinal activity, and muscle action.”
Give your cells a helping hand, and send them extra oxygen and lemon water to do an even better job for you. It will be like putting the wax shine on the swept floor.