Brushing before or after workout?
Ok - this is a little nuts I know but I've had some thoughts lately about brushing and need to check them out with other people who brush. This is going to be long because I'm kind of thinking out loud here!!
I've been brushing every since I started to T-tapp but it was essentially kind of haphazard and if I missed a day I didn't really pay much attention. However three years ago (time flies) my appendix ruptured and I went in for emergency surgery. Following the surgery I was talking on the phone to Lauren at T-tapp Central in a panic because I was hugely swollen, from my toes to my face, and felt absolutely dreadful. I couldn't even make it to the bathroom without help. But I also knew that if I upped my alfalfa that would help and that any walking T-Tapp style I could do would help bet rid of the "crap" that they had pumped me full of. Lauren also told me to start brushing IMMEDIATELY and to drink as much water as I could managed.
So by the 4th day after my surgery I was lying in bed reaching wherever I could with my brush and doing circles and long strokes. If I could reach it I would brush it!!!! Lauren also suggested that once the bandages came off my abdomen I should start in that. Well being the anal person that I am I began doing the brushing around the edges of the bandages. I'd steady the bandage with my hand and brush the skin around as gently as I could manage. Once the bandages came off I brushed around the incisions; once they were healed completely I started brushing them too. I also started in with SATI although initially all I could manage was about three minutes.
This is when I became a convert to brushing. I can truly say I have not missed one day since then. Because when I went to the surgeon for my six week check up he had to check HIS records to verify the day he'd done my surgery. The marks from his surgery were so healthy looking that he had to check his dates. When he asked what I had done I told him. He just nodded and said "that was good".
After about 6 months to a year you could barely see the smaller scars. Now after three years only one the faintest mark from the biggest scar is left and I'm the only one who can find it.
So I am a major believer in skin brushing. However one of the things that has occurred to me in the last week or so is the best time to for ME to brush.
The problem is that I am a major sweater when I work out. I'm not even half way through PBS before I damp and by the time I finish the water is pouring off me. In the past I've been brushing immediately after my workout and then taking my shower. However over the weekend I was dragging my butt a bit and didn't do anything except brush in the morning before my shower. So it somehow registered in my brain that there is a huge difference in how my skin feels brushing when I'm still soaked in sweat vs brushing when my skin is nice and dry and warm.
Brushing after my workout seems to be more difficult. I have to really pay attention to being very very very light with the brush. It almost seems to drag (not sure if that's the best word??) through the sweat and the brush pulls. However when I brushed when I'm dry my skin felt so much more better and less stressed.
This morning I tried an experiment. I did my workout then hopped into the shower to rinse off the sweat. Then I dried off and brushed and had a second shower. Crazy nuts I know. But my skin feels better, somehow or another less stressed.
I don't know if this makes sense to anyone but I'd sure be interested in any comments you all might have. For the record I'm almost 61, my heritage is English/Irish so I'm very fair. I know my skin is getting older so I'm wondering if something else is kicking in here?
I mean I'd really rather not take two showers in the space of 5 minutes - it seems a bit nuts. Maybe I'll try brushing before I work out. Does anyone do that?
I mean the idea is to get the crap out through both brushing and sweating but what's the best sequence. Is it best to sweat and then brush, or is equally effective to brush and then sweat? Will one way get rid of more stuff then the other?
Anyone got any ideas here?
Last edited by banemach; 08-15-2011 at 02:03 PM.
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