HOW TO PERFORM GARSHANA AT HOME
Garshana is a Sanskrit word which means “friction by rubbing”. It is an ancient ayurvedic practice which has great medicinal benefits when practiced regularly. It translates to a dry rubbing process of the entire body. This practice has been used in Ayurveda for centuries and has produced proven results in terms of overall health and well-being.
WHAT IS GARSHANA?
Garshana, simply put, is an exfoliating treatment, which helps stimulate the lymphatic flow within the human body. It is performed using a raw silk glove which is rubbed all over the body. This process is now catching on to the western world, and is commonly known as dry brushing, wherein a body brush with soft bristles is used over the skin. However, using the silk glove has a better effect as it is gentle on the skin, and allows for more control in the direction of rubbing. This practice is particularly recommended for those with a Kaphaimbalance. It allows the body to purge itself of toxins or “ama”, and promotes faster detoxification. It has similar effects as Abhyangam, however, Garshanahas a more invigorating impact, whereas Abhyangam is more calming. They both complement each other well, and Abhyangam can be incorporated after Garshanain your daily morning regimen to wake your body and mind up, and stimulate better circulation.
HOW TO PERFORM GARSHANA?
Garshana is best performed before your morning shower, without application of any lotion or cream. There are two important ways to do Garshana:  rigorous circular movements over the joints and  long, deep strokes over the longer bones.
- Start by donning the special silk gloves which are particularly made for this ayurvedic treatment.
- First rub your elbows and wrists in circular motions.
- Make long rubbing motions from your fingertips to the under arm directing lymph to the lymph nodes.
- Rub your ankles and knees in circular motions, followed by your feet.
- Then rub your legs upwards directing lymph towards the groin.
- Spend some time rubbing your posterior and your stomach in circular motions.
- Use a different glove to do gentle rubbing of your face and direct lymph towards the nodes on the sides of your neck.
Follow this with a shower, or Abhyangam massage.
*Do not rub your chest region while performing Garshana.
BENEFITS OF GARSHANA
- Helps remove ama from the body.
- Promotes detoxification.
- Reduces the load on the liver.
- Removes any blockages in the lymphatic system.
- Exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells and leaving it soft and supple.
- Helps boost circulation in the muscles, improving muscle tone.
- Stimulates the nervous system.
- Promotes alertness.
Garshana is a deeply detoxifying ayurvedic treatment and can be added to your Dinacharya. Based on your predominant dosha, it can be performed daily, or a few times a week as required. Combine it with Abhyangam to experience the best results.