The garshana is a traditional ayurvedic dry massage that refreshes and stimulates the skin and lymphatic system, enhancing blood circulation and the release of accumulated toxins. The ideal time to dry brush is in the morning for three to four minutes before you shower, so that you can rinse off the impurities loosened by the massage.
To perform a garshana, you will need natural silk gloves, a soft sponge, or a dry brush that gently removes dead skin layers leaving the skin supple and glowing.
- 1. You will want to massage your entire body, excluding your face, chest, and heart.
- 2. Begin by massaging the head, using brisk circular motions and expanding to long strokes as you reach the neck and shoulders.Alternate these two motions as you continue down the arms, using circular movements at the shoulder joints and long strokes down the upper arm, circular again at the elbows, long down the forearm, circular at the wrist, long down the hand, and circular strokes over the finger joints.
- 3. Now move to the chest, massaging horizontally with long strokes. Avoid massaging directly over the heart and breasts.
- 4. Massage horizontally on your stomach for two strokes, then use two diagonal strokes. Using this alternating pattern, move on to the lower abdomen, lower back, buttocks, and thighs.
- 5. Standing up, massage the hip joints with circular motions and move down the legs as you did with the arms. Use long strokes on the long leg bones and circular ones at the knees and ankles, finishing with long strokes over the feet.The direction of the stroke should always be towards your heart as this helps drain lymph back to your heart.
- 1. Apply light pressure where the skin is thin, such as the underarms, and harder pressure where the skin is thicker, such as the soles of the feet.Also avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken or inflamed.
- 2. Complete your garshana with a shower. To enhance the release of toxins, end with a few cycles of hot then cold water. First turn the water to as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then to as cold as you can tolerate, then back to hot, and so on. This will stimulate the blood circulation and further invigorate the skin.
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