Springtime is an ideal time to incorporate garshana in ones daily routine so that you can support your body’s natural detoxification process.

Benefits of garshana:

  • supports Kapha dosha to release excess mucous from the body

  • release winter stagnation

  • slough away dry skin

  • promote cell renewal and blood flow

  • support lymphatic system to release toxins

  • feel invigorated, less sluggish

  • improve mental clarity

Doshic considerations:

Choose the material that is best for your dosha. Traditionally garshana is done using raw silk or linen gloves,but you can use a natural bristle body brush.

  • Vata dosha: If you are predominaantly Vata dosha and have sensitive skin, try using raw silk or linen glove, 2-4 times per week. Use light pressure when massaging.

  • Pitta dosha: If you are predominantly Pitta dosha, try using raw silk and natural bristle body brush, 4-5 times per week. Use medium pressure when massaging.

  • Kapha dosha: If you are predominantly Kapha dosha, try using a dry bristle body brush. Use medium to stronger pressure when massaging.

How to:

  • Practice in the morning before bathing, with dry skin -free from lotion or oil

  • Stand in the tub/shower or on a towel

  • Using gloves or a brush, massage vigorously keeping the strokes moving towards the heart

  • Use circular strokes on the stomach moving clock wise, and circular strokes on the joints; use long sweeping strokes on the arms and legs

  • Start massage from the feet moving upward, then to the torso and on to the neck

  • Next massage from the hands to the shoulders

  • Then massage the stomach and buttocks in circular clockwise motions

  • Use light pressuer on sensitve skin and thin areas, and apply stronger pressure on areas with thicker skin such as feet

  • Afterwards, apply doshic supportive oils: Vata (heavy and warming) -sesame, Pitta (cooling) -sunflower, Kapha (light and warming) -safflower (Kapha may not need oil)

When NOT to practice garshana:

  • If you have very fragile and very sensitive skin that bruises or tears easily

  • inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema

  • skin has an open wound, sunburnt, redde

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