There are so many massage techniques out there that you can get confused. Each has its own characteristics and indications, so it is important to choose the right option. Recently, dry brush massage has been especially popular. Find out how it is useful, as well as how to do it correctly.
Dry brush massage: the essence of the technique and directions of exposure
Dry brush massage, as the name implies, is carried out using the appropriate accessory – a dry brush. This is a popular and uncomplicated technique that can be used on its own, provided that a few rules are followed.
What are the benefits of dry brush massage? It works in several ways:
- Peeling effect. The bristles exfoliate the keratinized particles of the epidermis and thereby renew the skin, stimulate the regeneration of its cells and significantly improve the condition.
- Acceleration of blood circulation and improvement of blood supply to the skin and soft tissues. The local irritant effect of a dry brush stimulates blood flow to the affected areas and thereby saturates them with nutrients and oxygen.
- Ensuring timely outflow of lymph. The lymphatic fluid performs the functions of removing toxins and metabolic products, so its stagnation can lead to slagging of the body. Normalization of lymph drainage allows you to remove toxins and other unnecessary and harmful substances from tissues.
- Stimulates the synthesis of elastin and collagen. These substances, produced by the cells of the dermis, are responsible for its freshness, elasticity, firmness and youth.
- Normalization of metabolic processes. Massage speeds up metabolism and normalizes reactions in the body.
- The impact on the abdominal area helps to improve digestion, stimulate the peristalsis of the intestinal walls and normalize stool, relieving constipation.
- The procedures are useful for losing weight, since, firstly, they accelerate the metabolism and ensure the timely consumption of energy supplied in the form of calories and carbohydrates, and secondly, they stimulate the burning of fat cells.
- Increased muscle tone. Massage done correctly involves brushing and rubbing to nourish the muscles by toning and strengthening them. Gradually, the body becomes tighter and more prominent.
- Cheerfulness. After the massage, you will feel a surge of energy, as it improves blood circulation and increases the overall tone of the body.
Indications and contraindications
With the help of dry brush massage, you can improve the condition and color of the skin, make stretch marks and scars less noticeable, put the body in order, get rid of cellulite, speed up the process of weight loss, minimize the risks of hair ingrowth, increase the elasticity and elasticity of the skin, strengthen muscles, normalize stools and get rid of constipation, remove toxins and toxins, as well as get a boost of vivacity and increase efficiency.
Do not massage with a dry brush in case of varicose veins (especially in areas with vascular networks and “stars”), with skin lesions and exacerbations of dermatological diseases (in areas of rashes), as well as acute infections. During pregnancy, it is not recommended to treat the abdomen and chest areas: this can increase the tone of the uterus and provoke a miscarriage or premature birth.
Which brush should you use?
To make the massage as effective, safe and enjoyable as possible, you need to choose the right brush. The best option is natural with Australian cactus bristles, which has the necessary rigidity and allows you to achieve maximum effect.
When choosing a brush, several criteria should be considered:
- The form. A round or oval brush is most convenient. A square or rectangular one has corners, so it is not very convenient to make circular massage movements with it.
- The dimensions depend on the purpose of the accessory. So, to work out large areas, it is better to choose a large brush, to massage the arms and legs – a medium one, and to influence individual local areas – a miniature one.
- Ease of use. Take a brush and hold it in your hands to see how comfortable it will be to use. In order not to hold the accessory all the time, you can choose a model with a strap or a pocket for the palm. And it is more convenient to work out the back and other hard-to-reach areas with a brush with a handle.
- Rigidity. It depends on your goals and skin characteristics. If you need to achieve results quickly and work out the body as efficiently as possible, then choose a brush with stiff bristles. And if you have sensitive skin, then soft skin will do, which has a more gentle and gentle effect.
How is it done?
How to do dry brush massage correctly? There are several important rules and nuances:
- The massage is performed exclusively on dry skin, so the ideal time for such a procedure is in the morning or in the evening before showering. The brush must also be completely dry.
- All massage movements should be carried out from the periphery, that is, the limbs to the heart – the center of the body. This is how the lymph flows, so you will not disturb the natural processes in the body. Start with your feet, work your way up to your knees and hips, work your glutes, then your back, abdomen and chest. Next, pay attention to the arms: move from the fingers and palms to the forearms and shoulders. Then you can massage your head and neck very gently. It is not necessary to affect the lymph nodes and especially sensitive areas, so bypass the groin, inner thighs, armpits. Also, do not massage areas with damaged skin and foci of inflammation.
- Work every part of your body and pay special attention to problem areas: hips, abdomen, buttocks.
- The face can only be massaged with the softest small brush. And be careful not to damage the skin in particularly delicate areas.
- You can alternate circular and longitudinal massage movements. The latter are more suitable for narrow areas of the limbs, and the former are more suitable for working out large areas, such as the buttocks, back, hips, abdomen.
- It is better to work out the body evenly, making several movements on one arm or leg and several on the other.
- A positive result will be noticeable only if the procedures are carried out regularly. Massage should be done daily, or even better twice a day: in the morning and in the evening.
- Do not rub the skin too hard, especially if the brush is hard and you are performing the procedure for the first time. To accustom the body to such effects, you need to carefully and gradually. At first, the pressure should be minimal, then gradually increase it. Ideally, after a massage, the skin should redden a little, and slight burning and itching are also allowed. But severe discomfort and even more pronounced pain sensations should not arise.
- Take your time, do everything thoroughly, slowly and gradually. To do this, free up time, forget about business, relax and retire to plunge into the most calm and pleasant atmosphere.
- Another important point is the duration of the procedure. How long it should last – only your body knows. Start with the minimum duration, one or two minutes will be enough for the first time. Then increase the time and bring it to seven to ten minutes.
- After a dry brush massage, it is advisable to take a shower so that the skin is saturated with moisture. It will also be useful to use an anti-cellulite cream or apply a cosmetic or natural oil to the moist epidermis.
- After the procedure, drink a glass of ordinary purified or non-carbonated mineral water to restore the water-salt balance and speed up the process of removing toxins and toxins.
- If after the session you feel discomfort, then next time loosen the pressure on the brush or change it to another with softer bristles.
Try a dry brush body massage on yourself and appreciate the effect of such a procedure.