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DRY SKIN BRUSHING


Dry skin brushing improves circulation, increasing oxygen delivery and removal of toxins.  It warms the body, smoothes your skin, lifts your mood and gives your vitality a boost.  It is best done in the morning, before breakfast, or before taking a bath or shower.   

The right brush is very important.  It should be purpose-made, with rather stiff and prickly natural bristles.  Bathroom brushes are usually too soft to use for this purpose.  When you first start brushing it may feel a bit too strong, but the skin quickly gets used to it and you will soon be enjoying it.  If the brush feels unbearably prickly in the beginning, moisten it slightly with water to soften it.  When the bristles change their shape the brush needs to be replaced.

Brushing is done in long vertical sweeping strokes over your naked body, avoiding face, neck, nipples, and any other tender parts.  The direction of the strokes must be always towards the heart, starting from the feet and hands.  The strokes should be rather vigorous, quick and continuous.  Avoid rubbing any one area too much but move in continuous strokes over your body.  Start from the toes and work upwards to the ankles, calves, thighs and buttocks.  Gently circle over the belly in a clockwise direction.  It has to be clockwise on this spot.  Do the lower back, moving upwards, towards the heart.  Then brush the arms - from the palms of your hands to the shoulders, finishing with circles around the shoulders.  After that, brush the back of the neck and the upper back downwards and then do the upper part of the chest from the neck down in vertical strokes.  Finally, gently make a few circles around your breasts.  Imagine as if you were sweeping water with a broom from the extremities towards your heart.


It takes only 5 minutes to do diligently the whole body.   As in any other massage, any moles, sites of infection, wounds, or varicose veins should be carefully worked around.  Dry skin brushing should be avoided if you are feeling unwell or have been sunbathing.



HOT FOOT BATH


This bath is very effective in the early stages of a cold, when developing a headache, or for sinus problems.
The effect of heat (hot water) on the body here is combined with stimulating reflexology points on the feet and the warming action of mustard or aspirin.

Add 100g of powdered mustard per 10 litres of hot water in a bowl large enough for both feet to rest in.  Water should be as hot as you can bear.  Soak your feet for about twenty minutes, then rinse and dry them.  You may want to rest after the treatment.

If mustard is not available, just hot water might also work well.  Another variation of this treatment calls for dissolving a few tablets of aspirin in the water (without mustard).

 

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