Skin Brushing, Friction, and Energy

by Dr. Bridgett Simon, ND LAc

We often hear that our skin is our largest organ and it is true. It protects us physically from the elements as well as bacteria and microorganisms. Energetically and metaphorically skin also acts as a boundary.  During energy work, I am often creating protective boundaries for people’s energetic system. These keep our energies separate from that of others around us who may be anxious or angry for example. When energetic boundaries are crossed, there may be rashes on the skin as well. Reiki and advanced energy work can help with this. Skin brushing is a way to clear out waste in our bodies using the energy of the friction of the brush moving over the skin. I would also argue it strengthens our energetic boundary as well because of the mental benefits. In the following paragraphs you will find a description of skin brushing, how to apply the technique and some of the major benefits that can occur.

dry brushing            To start this healthy regimen, get a brush made of natural materials. They are everywhere now and look like a shower brush. Long or short handled is fine. Start at the feet and rub the skin enough to get the color and warmth going until it is pink, not red and painful. This is often done on dry skin for good effects, but I do it in the shower as well if time is a factor. Work up toward the legs, brushing in strokes toward the heart to increase circulation.  Move on to the chest, arms, and the back of your body.  Avoid the face unless you want to get a softer brush which is nice too. Use firm pressure, enough to stimulate the vessels underneath without hurting or harming the skin. This can take about 20 minutes but it feels good and your skin looks great after.

A major benefit of skin brushing is increased circulation. When you stroke over the skin toward the heart, it wakes up the circulation and also moves it toward an area like the heart which is a pump station where the blood can eventually go to be cleaned out in the liver and kidneys. This way you get rid of waste materials in the body. The lymph vessels are stimulated as well as the blood vessels and this gets rid of additional potentially toxic materials in the body.

dry brushing 2           Skin beauty is another benefit of skin brushing. Exfoliating the skin makes the skin glow, revealing healthy skin underneath. I find the skin looks younger like this as well because the fine lines are smoothed away. The Korean spa I go to does a really good job of this because you soak in hot tubs and steam rooms before you get a skin scrub. For the youthful benefits, I recommend heat like sauna or steam first.  The friction of the brush may also reduce cellulite as it breaks up molecules causing the adhesions that create the curled cellulite look.

The last couple of benefits I wanted to mention were improved digestion and stress reduction. Interestingly, stress reduction often goes along with improved digestion.  IBS improves with less stress often for example. Rest and digest is a famous saying for a reason in medical school. Skin brushing is relaxing and invigorating. You feel less anxiety and get recharged at the same time, try it for yourself. One also gets the added benefits of increased circulation leading to blood flow to the liver and kidneys which improves digestive performance, especially when the brushing is applied over the stomach area.

 

Enjoy skin brushing, an affordable way to take care of our health, our energy and our good looks.

 

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Skin. Deep.

Do’s and Don’ts of Skin Care

By Dr. Mohammad Shegeft

 

zit popOur skin is a reflection of our overall health.  When we are at balance chemically, emotionally, and functionally, our skin glows and looks as healthy as it can be.  However when we are stressed, have hormonal imbalance or are overburdened with toxins from our environment and/or what we eat, our skin breaks out.  Here are some do’s and don’ts on how to keep your skin looking its best. Continue reading

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Allergies and Energetic Medicine: Get Your Feet on the Ground

By Dr. Bridgett B. Simon

woman spring allergy                As spring moves in, the season can bring environmental allergies that make you want to hide indoors. In energetic medicine, I take a little different approach.  The practice of Earthing has become a term coined for having contact with the earth against your skin, such as the feet when walking barefoot, or when sitting on the ground. Other methods are used such as Earthing mats, but I am referring here to getting outside in direct contact with the earth.

Allergies are related to an imbalance in the immune system.  They can bring itching, airway narrowing and mucous production among other not so fun symptoms. The inflammation involved in allergies often has a positive charge to it like free radicals do in our body, unstable cells that cause damage like immune imbalance, heart disease and the like. The surface of the earth has a negative charge. It is theorized that connecting to the earth via the skin might help to stabilize the free radicals and inflammatory cells when the positive and less stable charge meets the negative charge of the earth’s surface and is neutralized.  Continue reading

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Manipulate your Allergies

By Dr. Mohammad Shegeft

allergy docWe know that chiropractic adjustments and natural manipulations can help with muscle and joint pains.  But did you know that they can help your immune system and help alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies as well?

Seasonal or not, all allergies are the result of an exaggerated response by the immune system to substances that are recognized as foreign by our bodies.  The immune system produces a specific antibody known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) in response to allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust.  This produces the symptoms of an allergic reaction.  In addition to treating the symptoms with allergy medication and supplements, there are other steps which you can take to boost the immune system and ameliorate allergic reactions.

The strength of both the respiratory and immune systems depends on proper Continue reading

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Allergy Easy; Sublingual Drops; Allergy Testing at AIM

by Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz

pollen springSpring is here, and along with it comes some very familiar sounds….birds chirping, bees buzzing, frogs croaking… and people sneezing!  Pollen, the lifeblood of nature that brings renewal every year but plays havoc on the immune system in 10-30% of the worldwide population, is back!  And this year it’s looking like it may be a bad one due to warmer weather and higher CO2 causing more leaves and plants to grow and produce a higher pollen count.  This means those that have allergies will have more allergy days and those of us without allergies may start to feel the effects of the high pollen count. Continue reading

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“I’m not crying, it’s just allergies!”

Herbal Allergy Treatment, by Dr. Rhea Abbott

allergyIf you suffer from seasonal allergies, you probably have a love/hate relationship with plants (or maybe just a hate/hate?). Grasses, trees, weeds…they’re the cause of our most miserable symptoms, from watery itchy eyes to that constantly dripping nose.  But before you write off all pollen-bearing lifeforms as your enemy, consider the many plants out there that actually prevent and treat allergies!

 

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica). Now, I know this one seems very counterintuitive, but nettle down and bear with me. Medicinal nettle preparations do not have the stinging hairs in them. Not only is nettle full of nutritious goodies, it has high amounts of quercitin to block the release of histamine (the chemical responsible for your hot itchy inflammation).  Early research suggests that quercitin is more useful as prevention of allergies than as an acute treatment. Continue reading

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Sleep and the Energy of Crystals

by  Dr. Bridgett B. Simon

 

yin yang sleepSleep is the time of the yin, the calming, cooling and gentle time to restore our energy and our blood. If the heart is unhappy, Chinese medicine teaches us that it will be hard to sleep comfortably. The heart can mean the physical heart in this case and also the emotional heart. If we are wracked with worry, anger, fear or similar emotions, this will affect our sleep in a negative manner after time passes. You may see increased restlessness in people, and heat symptoms like anxiety and seating at night, and elevated blood pressure after enough time goes by.

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