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  • #16
    If I did, I wouldn't admit it. So me saying that I don't brush my body could mean that I don't brush my body, but it could also hide the fact that I do brush my body.

    Seriously though, I do a form of this I guess. I "bathe" at my gym as much as possible, and that takes the place of doing it at home. I get in the sauna, sit for 5-10 minutes, wipe all the dead cells off my sweat-drenched body (which are soft now and easy to remove) with my hand, and then get under an ice cold shower for at least a few minutes. Awesome skin, awesome feeling when I'm done. It's inspired by Native American 'sweat lodges', Finnish saunas, and research done on the benefits of cold water therapy. I think I get it all, including the benefits of this 'body brushing' that I was previously unaware of.

    PS- I'm Finnish and Native American so... fuck ya! My ancestors did it right.
    Last edited by wiltondeportes; 03-29-2013, 01:33 AM.

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    • #17
      What type of brush are you using, all I can find when I look for "skin brush" is those naff plastic bristle things. I was actually thinking a boars bristle brush would be better?
      Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

      http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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      • #18
        Originally posted by little vase View Post
        yb, yep, I bought the CRT package. It's 7 dvds (t-tapp is a lot harder than it looks.....!), a nice skin brush, detox capsules, and alfalfa. I don't take the detox capsules but I do take the alfalfa The thing is, I'm doing so many things that I honestly don't know what's doing what anymore. I kind of dove right into CRT and primal and exercise at the same exact time so...you know? I honestly can't pinpoint what is causing any progress I make. Yet

        I think Gladmorning, you said that the alfalfa was a diuretic? And to me too, if I take more than six a day. I have at least one overnight visit to the bathroom. So I limit to six a day. The alfalfa sold at t-tapp is some sort of special blend, the particulars escape me at the moment. Supposedly, alfalfa encourages your body to make its own collagen. So instead of taking collagen, you help your body produce its own.

        Ok, so......T-tapp skin brushing method! First you get naked You start with either palm, and stroke upwards towards your heart, a minimum of 4 strokes. Then stroke the back of that hand. Then work your way up the forearm, always stroking towards the heart. Stroke up your arm and into your armpit, and from your armpit to your chest, and your shoulder to your chest, towards your heart. Then repeat with the other hand/arm. After your arms and shoulders and chest are done, do your feet...the bottom first, and then the top. Then the ankle, and so on, up the leg, repeating the strokes and areas like you did with your arms. Try to just bend over and do it as opposed to putting your foot up on a chair - this keep the lymph pumping and moving unobstructed. When you're done your inner thighs, do your stomach and hips, stroking upward towards your heart. Then your butt, and then your back as well as you can. I end with the breast brushing that I linked to above.

        Basic methodology -
        1 - hands/arms
        2 - shoulders/chest
        3 - feet/legs
        4 - torso

        I try to do it twice a day now. I really enjoy it. And I do my face as well, although that's all upward brushing. Neck, chin, face, all up strokes. It feels great and I hope it's encouraging blood flow and circulation and making the new skin that much better than the skin being replaced. I keep getting told that my skin looks amazing lately so something is working!
        Thanks so much for sharing that LV! I've been starting at the feet, will try this methodology. Brilliant that people have been noticing your skin looks great!

        I was thinking of just buying the CD "Tips to turn back time". (I think it's the same as the one "The Truth about cellulite"..?) The blurb claims that it'll explain what "really" causes cellulite. I'm really interested because CW just gives you a generic theory, but I read once that cellulite is actually inflammation of the fat cells, which is the result of a clogged lymphatic system. This seems more plausible... Anyway, does the CD shed some light on it?!

        Re. the alfalfa - I noticed the diuretic effect too, and I also felt it was making me a bit hyper (apparently it stimulates thyroid function). I've stopped taking it for now til things have stabilised a bit with my diet.
        "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

        In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

        - Ray Peat

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        • #19
          Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
          What type of brush are you using, all I can find when I look for "skin brush" is those naff plastic bristle things. I was actually thinking a boars bristle brush would be better?
          I use a cactus brush for my body, and a boar bristle brush for my face I happened to have both of them lying around, unused. Got the boar bristle brush online, but my cactus body brush comes from the The Body Shop, and I'm pretty sure you can still get them there But there might be better ones online.
          "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

          In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

          - Ray Peat

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          • #20
            thanks, off to search for cactus brushes now
            Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

            http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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            • #21
              I have a big body brush I got when I was living in Germany, and I like what it does for me, I just haven't gotten into a steady habit with it. It warms me up, actually, as in my skin feels noticeably warmer to me. Great thread, btw! I should use mine this morning...
              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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              • #22
                I do t-tapp and was sent some of the anti-aging/cellulite CDs for free when ordered my first set, which I quickly gave away as not hugely useful.

                As far as I remember, the advice was don't eat crap food (industrial seed oils and sugar), skin brush and stimulate your lymph system, by walking and doing exercise which stimulates the lymphatic drainage.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                  It was actually the thread you started ages ago on loose skin that turned me on to the dry brushing There's tons of amazing reports about the benefits. Also, just learning about the nature of skin, and how it can be conditioned through massage and brushing to be stronger is really inspiring. I thought we were all stuck with the skin we have but there's actually lots of stuff that can be done.
                  I still need to get a body brush.
                  The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.

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                  • #24
                    TK Maxx.. 2.99
                    Have started brushing the last couple days.. weird thing is, after using it the first time, I noticed My back where I had surgery a few weeks ago felt sore/kinda bruised the next day.. wonder if its related? (gone now)
                    Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                    http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
                      TK Maxx.. 2.99
                      Have started brushing the last couple days.. weird thing is, after using it the first time, I noticed My back where I had surgery a few weeks ago felt sore/kinda bruised the next day.. wonder if its related? (gone now)
                      I actually had some bruising when I first started as well... Doesn't happen anymore. Maybe the brushing is encouraging blood flow (and thus healing) in damaged areas...
                      "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                      In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                      - Ray Peat

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                      • #26
                        Wait, is this a rip-off of the Korean thing where you soak in a hot tub for 20min, lie down naked on a table, and some guy scrubs the hell out of your whole body? If you're ever in Seoul try it, newborn baby skin.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                          I actually had some bruising when I first started as well... Doesn't happen anymore. Maybe the brushing is encouraging blood flow (and thus healing) in damaged areas...
                          I doubt I brushed hard enough to cause bruising but im wondering if, because of the surgery the lymph glands were blocked up & this kinda forced things to sort out. oddly enough the Bruised feeling was pretty much the same feeling as the day after surgery feeling..
                          Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                          http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
                            I doubt I brushed hard enough to cause bruising but im wondering if, because of the surgery the lymph glands were blocked up & this kinda forced things to sort out. oddly enough the Bruised feeling was pretty much the same feeling as the day after surgery feeling..
                            That would be my instinct as well...
                            "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                            In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                            - Ray Peat

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                            • #29
                              Over thirty years ago I worked for an acupuncturist/herbalist who told everyone to dry brush for DETOX. I gradually stopped but since going primal started again. The improved circulation is great!

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