Garshana – ayurvedic skin brushing

Garshana is a traditional Ayurvedic dry massage that stimulates and refreshes the skin and lymphatic system. This process enhances blood circulation and the release of accumulated toxins. To perform 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.

The ideal time for garshana (dry brush) is in the morning before you shower. This allows you to rinse off the impurities loosened by the massage.

natural brush

here are a couple different types of natural brushes

or you can use Silk Gloves …

I prefer these … you can choose from the Lymph Kit options here – choosing the silk gloves and lymph massage oil for abyangha ….

Silk Gloves

Silk Gloves

Follow these steps to perform the garshana – traditional Ayurvedic dry massage:

  1. Brush your entire body, excluding your face. Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken or inflamed.
  2. Use circular strokes on the stomach and joints (shoulders, elbows, knees, wrists, hips, and ankles), and long sweeping strokes along the long bones (the arms and legs).
  3. Apply light pressure where the skin is thin, such as the underarms, and firmer pressure where the skin is thicker, such as the soles of the feet.
  4. The direction of the stroke should always be toward your heart as this helps drain lymph back to your heart. Brush from your feet upward, continuing up to your torso and on to your neck. Also massage from the hands to the shoulders. Continue for at least five minutes.
  5. Complete your Garshana with a shower.
  6. 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.

This can be followed by abyhanga – self-massage.


The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health regime.

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