What is Garshana / Dry Brushing?
Garshana, a Sanskrit word meaning rubbing or friction, is a traditional Ayurvedic dry massage that has been around for centuries and is designed to create skin friction and static electricity. Static electricity is believed to enhance healthy lymphatic movement and alkalise the blood beneath the skin, according to Ayurveda. This massage helps remove toxins from the lymphatic system, rejuvenate your skin and improve blood circulation.
The dry brushing method involves rubbing a coarse, natural fibre bristle over the body in a particular pattern to exfoliate the skin. By using coarse fibres, the skin can remove dead skin and rid itself of toxins more efficiently.
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When to do Garshana?
Springtime: It is a kapha season, and our body is more congested due to accumulated kapha during winter, melting now with the sun’s rays. Congestion of the skin can lead to excess sebum (oil) production and even breakouts. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are feeling foggy in your mind or stagnant in the body, it may be time to detoxify gently.
Kapha Dosha: Because Garshana is stimulating, people who are predominantly Kapha in their constitution will benefit from practising Garshana daily. Pitta also can dry brush moderately.
In the case of dry skin or Vata imbalances, it is important to massage the skin with warm oil after dry brushing. It helps to calm the nervous system, thereby balancing Vata dosha.
Ama (toxins): If you are experiencing lethargy, sluggishness, feeling physical or mental dullness, constipation, or a weakened immune system, a dry brush could be a promising therapy.
How to do:
The main objective is to create some movement and stimulation throughout your body. Although it’s hard to go wrong, there are a few basic guidelines to keep in mind.
Brushing your skin in the morning before bathing with dry, oil-free skin is best. A comfortable and warm room is essential to relax and enjoy your massage fully.
It would be best if you began brushing lightly when you started dry brushing. Eventually, you can increase the pressure as you get used to it. Skin that is broken or sensitive should be avoided. Infections, rashes, wounds, and cuts fall into this category.
- Massage from the feet upward, continuing to the torso and onto the neck. Massage vigorously to stimulate the skin and lymph.
- Keep the direction of the stroke always toward the heart, as this helps drain the lymph back to your heart.
- Use circular strokes on the joints (shoulders, elbows, knees, wrists, hips, and ankles) and long sweeping strokes on the arms and legs (toward the heart).
- Massage from the hands to the shoulders.
- Massage the stomach and buttocks in circular, clockwise motions.
- Apply light pressure where the skin is thin or sensitive, and firm pressure on thicker areas like the bottoms of the feet.
After Garshana, you may use black sesame oil for abhyanga massage.
Make sure you enjoy yourself! You’ll feel the love and attention when you receive it (and eventually, your whole body, mind, and spirit will be grateful).
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