How to skin brush

 

Have you always wanted to know how, exactly, you’re supposed to be skin brushing?  Brandi at Oasis knows the lymphatic system and explains that all to us. She’s a former E.R. nurse who now does lymphatic drainage therapy fulltime. Dr. Lodi raves about the benefits he sees from this.

Check out Brandi’s story about healing her devastating lupus condition with an 80% or better raw vegan diet, too!

Also watch our Skin Brushing 101 – full body video

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  1. This was a great post. Do you believe juicing has the same advantages as our green smoothies? I know you recently bought a juicer. What features should I look for in a juicer?

    Thanks,

    Pam

    1. Pam, juicing is very concentrated nutrition. Great against cancer. I don’t teach it to the masses because, put simply, the masses won’t do it. A green smoothie is MUCH faster to make, with no mess, and you don’t throw the fiber away. (It’s also much less expensive—a half gallon of vegetable juice comes from quite a few pounds of vegetables.) The best juicers are very expensive: two-stage juicers where first the pulp is ground, then pressed. It’s highly efficient and causes no heat damage. However, if $2500 for a Norwalk isn’t in your budget, a $400 Champion is still wonderful.

  2. Thanks for the video. This is very interesting. I can’t tell from the video what type of bristles are on the brush. Are they super stiff? soft? Does it matter? Also, is it just a light sweeping motion? Do you apply much pressure?

  3. Robyn,

    I’m excited to learn and begin another healthy habit that you and Brandi taught. Just wondering though, is this something you should try and do everyday or just a few times a week or what? Also how soon till the group wholesale buy on the saunas? (You are doing one right?) I’m just really excited about these things cause I have terrible skin (and this cold Utah weather doesn’t help at all) and I’m grateful to be learning new ways to help this amazing organ of my body. Thanks again for all you keep teaching and sharing with us.

  4. Thank you so much, Robyn and Brandi! Fascinating interview. I’ve never heard of brushing this way – I’ve been doing it very wrong. Woops! ha! So grateful for your sharing all of this info. xx

  5. Dear Robyn, Thanks for this very educational video on skin brushing. As most folks out there, it seems I have been doing it wrong way. It’s completely different to what most people teach us. I presume that the back shoulder’s part would be brushed up over the shoulder to collar bone? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  6. Wonderful info. Like the first commenter, Andrea, a diagram/information chart would be very beneficial–is there one Brandi has for consumer purchase? Thank you both for this video!

  7. This is Excellent!! More than I understood. May I incoporate this into a class I teach on the lymphatic system? We cover body brushing, but this is more detailed. Salute!

  8. Hi and a gigantic thank you…as you know giving folks healthy information is the way to help attain healing much easier for all. Agree a diagram of the water sheds with little arrows directing would be great to have to remind one of the “proper” flow ways.

    When you are speaking Robyn it was difficult for me to hear you asking the last question of when the best time to do LD brushing would be….before shower in the am is what I presume you said? or before bed …wouldn’t this activate the lymph system to be working during the night? would this interrupt one’s sleep patterns? Again a giant thank you Brandi…& Robyn (of course) 🙂

    1. Before shower or sauna session is a great time. But anytime the skin is dry. I am unaware of any reason it would disrupt sleep, although it seems in the MORNING or at least daytime when you want/need energy, getting lymph flowing is a great idea. I will see if Brandi has a chart, and ask her your question. Sorry about my mic everyone—Kels did not mic me in AZ, and I agree, it’s a problem. We need to take a mic. If i don’t have one I will try to speak up. We only have one mic and we put it on Brandi, which as you can see is a good idea since she is softspoken. I tend to speak softly around people who do!

  9. Robyn,

    Can you recommend any natural therapies for halting the progression/reversing neurodegenerative conditions such as ataxia?

  10. Thanks for this! I skin brush but totally different from this. Is it possible to get a diagram of how to do this? That would be so helpful.

    Thanks!

  11. As always, thank you Robin for bringing us super information for improved health. That was a great video, and I’m grateful to know proper technique for something I’ve been doing for a while now. You continue to rock my world.

  12. I would like a chart of the body with directional arrows showing the brush stroke direction.

    and the water shed locations etc.

  13. Robyn – thanks so much for publishing this. I have been experimenting with dry brushing. But I will be more diligent now, as you guys did such a nice job describing the real benefits and the rationale for the process! I really appreciate the specific instructions!!

  14. My question is: Does the brushing differ in the armpit area for a woman who has had her lymph nodes removed? A great reminder for us…my brush has been hanging on the wall for much too long. Thank you Robyn and Brandi.

  15. Robyn,

    This is just what I’ve been looking for. Over on another site I was just asking about dry brushing and didn’t really get much information. This is perfect. Thanks to both you and Brandi. And, like everyone else is saying…I’d love a diagram (I’m going to make my own right now , hopefully I can remember correctly).

  16. Really interesting and informative. I would also love some sort of diagram to follow or even a more thorough video demonstration. I’ve watched the video several times but it was a little unclear about the back and also the legs. Does the watershed divide the leg left/right or is it front/back? Thanks!

  17. Robyn,

    Do you have a number for Brandi, and does she do lymphatic treatments on people? Also, do you do this daily and where to you get the brush? I have a rare condition called lipodema, where my body stores adipose fat symetrically in both sides of the body from the ankles up (does not effect the feet) and goes up to the waist and hips. It is hard to keep weight off and a never ending battle. I would really like to work with you one on one and see if there is anything we can do to reduce or eliminate this. I am willing to stick to a program and be the test model for this. I have tried everything that I know of and medical doctors just seemt to say hhhmm? Meanwhille I do not wear dresses above the ankle and my knees, hips and thighs have extra weight and it all looks very abnormal. Like I have cankles and fatty knees. So I never wear shorts, swimsuits or anything that shows my leg from the ankle up. I really need your help and hope that you might work with me?

  18. Thank you, same as above, i seem to have had not so detailed info i was working/brushing with. This video was so concise and informative. I now feel empowered to do this rather than “well, I hope I do this right and don’t so more harm than good”. I had NO IDEA of the ‘watersheds’ Great Explination! Altough, the first time I body brushed (with limited info) I detoxed so hard I was in bed. Tapping into such a powerful system of our bodies is wonderful. Thank you, both.

  19. Hi Robyn,

    Two questions- I am super new to skin brushing and loved the video. Thank you! Would you be open to doing a video on what a whole brushing session would look like- it would help us visual learners 🙂 Also, as you are visiting these different centers what type of water are they encouraging- spring water, distilled, reverse osmosis purified? Thank you so much for all you do!

  20. Thank you for all your help. I am wondering if I need to do anything different near my breast area. I had breast cancer and a mastectomy with reconstructive surgery on my left breast 7 months ago. I wasn’t sure if I should be doing this near my armpit. I only had one lymph node removed for testing but did not need chemo or radiation. But I do have numbness in the left arm pit. I have had my skin brush for many years but have not been using it since my cancer diagnosis. Please explain if this whole process is safe after having breast cancer. I did hear you say something about b.c. but could not really hear what it was. thank you kindly!

  21. Thank you for sharing this. I’m a bc survivor & was taught lymphatic massage (not brushing though- I picked that up later). So there were similarities & differences. I was taught to brush down the armpit but also to clear the opposite side first & they seemed to think the lymph could be drained from one side to the other (finding new pathways I think they called it). So I have to relearn a few strokes but hopefully it’ll become second nature. I know what she’s talking about when she says lymphatic congestion – NOT comfortable. To Beverly above – yes it’s very important. I had 3 lymph nodes removed. We have a lifetime risk of lymph edema. So we really need to keep that lymph moving.

  22. Hello all, I want to apologize for the late responses here. I didn’t know these comments were here…

    Tara: If you go to the same video on youtube, I have left directions there for the brushing on the face in the comments section.

    Andrea and everyone else 🙂 : I have a simple diagram I am willing to share, email BrandiRN.CLT@gmail.com and I will email it to you. I am in the process of creating a more user friendly, laminated version and will let Robyn know when I have it.

    Tirza: The chart is useful, though it is a bit different than I am teaching you.

    Cherish: The brush brittles need to be a natural source and stiff, yet you don’t want to leave marks on your skin with it. The stiffer the brush the better the actual skin benefits are.

    Stani: You are correct 🙂 back of shoulder up over the shoulder to the collar bone.

    Kay: If you don’t yet have edema issues then you want to continue to brush the same, reinforcing the pathways you have remaining to keep up the hard work!

    Beverly: This process is more important now than ever before, you want to keep the lymphatics open and moving to help prevent a reoccurrence. With continued brushing and if you are able to find a therapist in your area, you can reverse the numbness in that arm. PLEASE brush your entire body, very important and be assured that you will only help your body by strengthening your immune system.

    Jessica: Will have to get with Robyn and see if another video can or will be done, and as for water, look for water that is pH neutral or alkaline, most easily accomplished with minerals in it to get the most out of hydrating your cells. Reverse osmosis, while extremely clean, it is stripped of minerals and therefore highly acidic.

    Skin Brushing 101 – Full Body Video

  23. Connie: Please email me, I will help you find someone in your area or if you are in the Phoenix area, I do have a private practice as well as the clinic. This therapy can help lipoedema, it will take time to break down the fat stores but in the interim it can help move the fluid that is accumulating around the fat stores and reduce the pain associated with it.

  24. Hello Brandi, thank you for that informative video,it was passed onto me today from a youung gentlemen I had met at a Health store who was helpful in sharing this bit of innformation. Watching the video was very valuable information. I am wanting to start dry brushing as I hear about all the benefits however, like others I have only known or heard about dry brushing from the bottom up and towards the heart. Seeing the clip gives you a different understanding but still not enough to really go by. I would like to feel confident in my techniques in dry brushing as I wish to incorporate it into my regular morning routine.
    Thanks to both you & Robyn !! 🙂

  25. Hello Brandi, thank you for that informative video,it was passed onto me today from a youung gentlemen I had met at a Health store who was helpful in sharing this bit of innformation. Watching the video was very valuable information. I am wanting to start dry brushing as I hear about all the benefits however, like others I have only known or heard about dry brushing from the bottom up and towards the heart. Seeing the clip gives you a different understanding but still not enough to really go by. I would like to feel confident in my techniques in dry brushing as I wish to incorporate it into my regular morning routine.
    Thanks to both you & Robyn !! 🙂

  26. This is the best information about brushing and the lymphatic system that I have come across. I have just begun skin brushing regularly, and I will make it a permanent part of my life. Too bad I had to get bc to remember about skin brushing – and to realize its importance. I am sending this site to my nutritionist/homeopathic doctor. Thank you SO much!

    1. Start on the left side but when do you switch to the right? Do you do all left then right, or do left arms then right arms, left leg then right leg, etc.

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