This practice relieves pressure, calms the mind, softens and strengthens the skin, boosts the immune system and gives the kidneys, lungs, intestines and liver a much needed rest.
- Put a stopper in your bathroom sink and fill the sink with hot water. Take a soft, cotton hand towel, dip it into hot water and wring it out.
- Fold the cloth into quarters and using only the weight of your hand scrub your skin. Dip the towel back into the hot water when it cools.
- I start with my face and neck, move to the hands and arms, then my back, front of my body, the buttocks and finally legs and feet. Pay special attention to the fingers, toes, palms, bottom of the feet, groin and underarms and when you can't do the complete body, make sure to at least scrub these areas. The whole treatment takes about 15 minutes.
- At first the skin will turn pink in patches. Eventually, as your body breaks down accumulated fats and toxins and circulation improves, the skin will turn an even pink.
- In the beginning, you might be surprised by the colour of the water in the sink by the time you finish your whole body. Over time, as your condition becomes cleaner, the bath tub ring in your sink will diminish.
- Do not drain the water until you have scrubbed your whole body. This is important.
- It should be done every day in the morning and/or at night and separate from a bath or shower. It is considered a spiritual practice.
The skin is a large, hard working organ. One of the skin's most important functions is to discharge toxins from our bodies. Certain foods, even in a vegan diet, clog our skin--tropical fruit, sugar, alcohol, baked flour products, processed foods, hydrogenated oils, old animal and dairy food which takes a long time to discharge. Clogged skin means that moisture and oil cannot pass through the pores. When that happens the skin becomes dry. Applying moisturizer will temporarily remedy dry skin but moisturizer is absorbed into the fat layer of the skin, further clogging it.
The skin is also a pressure valve. The pores open and close to maintain pressure balance between the internal and external environments. When the skin is clogged, it cannot assist the body in releasing pressure smoothly and evenly. The body scrub daily helps to release pressure by unclogging the skin.
Our skin renews itself every 28 days. So we are always walking around with skin that is, at most, if we have a good metabolism, a month old. We can renew our skin in a healthy or unhealthy way. One of the benefits of eating well and in an orderly fashion is that fresh blood is drawn continuously to the surface areas of the body, stimulating the skin. If we eat healthy food and do the body scrub we nourish our skin, and the rest of our body, daily.
When we do the body scrub we are also stimulating our acupuncture meridians so we are giving ourselves a self massage and unclogging and recharging our meridians.
Christina Pirello, in her book, Glow, says:
- This remedy activates circulation, promoting clear, soft skin, by helping the skin eliminate toxins from the body. I mean it when I say that if you take nothing else from this book--if you don't ever cook a vegetable--scrub your body. It will change your life--and you'll really GLOW. One month of faithful scrubbing and you'll notice a new softness to your skin--and you'll be addicted. In about two months, you'll find that you no longer need moisturizer, that you don't have flaky shins or crusty heels. For the best results, scrub every day.
Denny Waxman, in his book, The Great Life, says doing the body rub results in:
- An increase in the ciirculation of blood, lymph and energy that will improve the nutrition, oxygen glow, stimulation and health of all your organs.
- Better energy all day after a morning rub and deeper sleep after an evening rub.
- More effective release of stored toxins.
- Improved immunity to disease.
- Clearer thinking, keener memory and more optimistic outlook.
- Improved self-image.
- Increased sensual awareness.
I have been doing the body scrub daily for many years. I usually do it in the morning before my yoga practice. It evens out my energy and makes me feel calm throughout the day. If I don't feel like doing the body scrub because I am rushed or aggravated, I have learned that this is a signal to slow down and check on what else is going on in my life. Am I working too much? Not getting enough sleep? Eating too much salt or baked flour? The best remedy when you think you don't feel like doing the body scrub is to slow down and take a rest!
Please try it out and let me know how it goes for you!