Dry body brushing to reduce Kapha!
Are you feeling heavy, sluggish, congested?
Are you carrying some extra weight or retaining fluid? These are some signs of a Kapha imbalance and dry body brushing can be a part of the solution!
If you are experiencing a Kapha imbalance skip the oil massage or abyanga part of your morning routine and introduce dry body brushing instead.
Smooths the texture and improves complexion of the skin
Detoxification through increased circulation and lymphatic drainage
Weight loss and fat reduction through increased metabolic rate
Eliminates body odour
Tones the skin and muscles
Makes the body feel light and the mind alert
In the morning prior to your shower take a coarse bristle brush or exfoliation glove and apply to the body in long upward strokes towards the heart and against the growth of the hair
This only takes a few mins and then you are ready to hit the shower.
Traditionally a treatment called 'Udwartanam' is recommended for these conditions but not as easy to perform at home so in-between your Udwartanam treatments you can maintain your results by adding dry body brushing to your daily routine.
Udwartanam involves the application of warm, dry herbal powders to the body with long, firm and vigorous strokes that create friction. These movements are generally carried out in upward movements towards the heart against the hair growth.
The massage is stimulating and invigorating and leaves you feeling, light, energetic and alert! Now it makes sense that it is the perfect antidote for the slow, heavy, oily, solid and cold nature of Kapha.
Some stimulating, uplifting oils I like to use at this time of year are;
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