Ayurvedic Skin Brushing (Gharshan)
- Dry brushing is a traditional ayurvedic practice called gharshan.
- Dry brushing is a massage technique where you apply a dry brush to your skin and create friction by rubbing.
- As per classical texts of Ayurveda, Udvartana (dry powder massage) is a similar and more practiced therapy than Gharshana.
- It's another one of the Dinacharya (daily routine) practices recommended within Ayurveda.
- Dry brushing is a simpler version of Udvartana,
- For those who find Udvartana too elaborate, Gharshana, or dry brushing, is a simpler and less time-consuming alternative to incorporate a similar technique to detoxify into your daily routine.
Benefits of dry brushing (The friction caused by dry brushing)
- Stimulates lymphatic system.
- Help to remove ama (toxin) from the body.
- Removes dead cells from skin.
- Stimulate Kapha in the body and encourage movement and drainage of excess mucus.
- It promotes weight loss.
- Beautifying and reducing scars and lines if practiced after Abhyanga.
- Begin brushing before a shower or bath, preferably in the morning.
- Start from feet and go towards your heart. Swift and fast movements.
- Go for natural brush made of natural materials with organic mark
- Be gentle, especially in sensitive areas and areas with thinner skin.
- After brushing, follow with a warm shower to wash away the loosened skin cells and toxins.
Dosha consideration (who should do dry brushing)
- Kapha people: Because Gharshana is stimulating, people who are predominantly Kapha in their constitution will benefit from practicing Gharshana daily.
- Pitta People: Those who are predominantly pitta can do this practice 4–5 times per week.
- Vata People: Those with more Vata would best benefit from doing this practice 2–4 times per week.
When to Avoid dry brushing
- A skin condition, such as psoriasis or eczema
- An open wound (skip the area)
- Irritated skin, including sunburn
- Acute illness
- It's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or an Ayurvedic practitioner before incorporating new practices into your routine