I continue to look for ways to maintain some easy self-care. I’m looking for self care for myself that is inexpensive with a small time commitment and has great results! In one of my continuing education classes we talked about dry brushing. Although I haven’t implemented it in my massage practice, I have added it to my self-care routine.
Dry body brushing, this is something quick and easy you can do for your skin, circulation and lymph system. Dry brushing should always be done toward the heart and you can vary the pressure but it doesn’t need to be hard or rough to be effective.
You can dry brush any time of day, but the morning is good because it really wakes you up. It’s great to dry brush before a shower, bath or applying a natural moisturizer.
More benefits of body brushing:
- Exfoliates dry, rough skin, enabling moisturizing products to absorb into the skin and opens pores to help with eliminating toxins from the skin.
- Assists with stimulation of sweat and oil glands, contributing to the restoration of moist, supple skin.
- Gentle stretching of connective tissues from brushing helps to regenerate production of collagen and elastin fibers.
- Alleviates vein and lymph congestion to reduce the appearance or cellulite.
Here’s a video to help you get started! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoTBP_WJy9E
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Great Ways to Start Your Day!
Today we are talking about starting the day. How you start the day can set the tone for the whole day and leave you feeling frazzled or calm and ready to tackle your day.
Morning routine ideas:
- Wake up 20-30 minutes early to fit in some “me time” with a good book, journal, or meditation (and coffee!!).
- Start your day with no news or internet for 30 minutes (exception: your morning meditation).
- Write three things you are grateful for in a gratitude journal each morning. For a challenge try to write three different things each day, and by the end of one year you will have over 1000 things to be grateful for!
- Drink some water to hydrate your cells and brain.
- Visualize your day and how you would like it to go to start a positive intention for the day.
- Listen to uplifting music as you get ready.
- Stretch even if just for a minute.
- Have a green smoothie!
- Have your clothes picked out the night before, to make getting ready easy.
- Put a list of these on your bedside table, with a pen, journal and water bottle.
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