THE 3 things to do to stay young
Several years ago, I stepped into a health food/vitamin shop over in East Austin, and the normally hermit-like, very quiet clerk was unusually chatty. He’s a guy, probably in his 60’s, with a long grey pony tail, a straight spine, and twinkling green eyes. He just up and asked me if I’d like to know… of all the health remedies, elixirs and such that he has tried over the years, the three things that have made the biggest difference in how he feels. I’d have been beyond a complete idiot to say no.
He proceeded to tell me the 3.
- Drink plenty of water. Well, that was a yawner.
- The back bend. It was hard picturing him doing a back bend, but all right. Yoga would make us all spry, happy old people. Aaaaaand…
- Dry brushing.
Now he had me. I’d heard about it in massage school, but had never looked into it.
A dry brush basically looks like a bristly dog brush, usually with a wooden handle. You brush your entire body vigorously toward your heart. You can also go in circles. Typically, dry brushing is done before your bath or shower. It really is amazing how it makes your body tingle and sweat.
By dry brushing, you are stimulating all of your tiniest blood vessels to get their job done. Same thing with your lymphatic system. You are also sloughing off your deadest skin cells, revealing newer ones to the world. You can actually find little tiny, softer dry brushes for your face at your local natural grocer.
As for Mr. Picture of Health’s top 3, I never would have guessed dry brushing in a million years. But there you go – water, back bends, and dry brushing. I’m in!