What Is Ayurvedic Dry Massage and Why You Should Try It……

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Ready to try dry brushing? This traditional Ayurvedic practice, also called garshana (pronounced gar-shun-uh), promotes lymphatic cleansing and is a powerful way to support the natural process of detoxification in the body.

Garshana is traditionally done using raw silk or linen gloves, though many prefer to use a natural bristle body brush. This technique is recommended especially for people who have signs of ama, which may include lethargy, sluggishness, feeling physical or mental dullness, constipation, and a taxed immune system. Dry brushing is also an excellent practice during winter when kapha can begin to accumulate in the lymph or the sinuses and create stagnation throughout the body.

Because garshana is stimulating, people who are predominantly kapha in their constitution will benefit from practicing garshana daily. Those who are predominantly pitta can do this practice 4–5 times per week. And those with more vata would best benefit from doing this practice 2–4 times per week.

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