We've all heard of body brushing – how slender celebrities such as Elizabeth Hurley and Elle Macpherson dry their skin to help detox, and keep their circulation moving and keep the thighs dimpled.
That is probably why so many of us languish one of those scratching skin buffers that languish unloved in our bathroom. Faced with the prospect of scrubbing the skin with bushy sisal cactus fibers, it is not hard to understand why many of us live with cellulite.
But now we don't have to do that, because there is a new beauty tool on the block – the body comb.
This blunt tooth of jade is said to improve skin conditions such as cellulite, fluid retention, dryness and the bumps of chicken skin that appear on the upper arms.
Victoria Woodhall (photo right) explores the trend for combing the body to improve skin condition and reduce weight loss
As a brush of the body, it promotes lymphatic drainage and sweeps toxins from the body. But it feels more like a wonderful background than a hair shirt. Used on the head it is said to release stress, soothe headache and improve hair growth. And perhaps most specifically, it claims to help shift those diet-defying extra centimeters, too.
The woman responsible for bringing the body comb to the UK is Chinese medicine specialist Katie Brindle, founder of the welfare company The Hayo & Method.
Katie, 47, teaches Chinese well-being techniques, mainly gua sha, a type of therapeutic self-massage where you press the skin, usually the face, & # 39; with a flat-edged tool – the basic principle behind combing the body.
The movement gives a natural anti-aging glow by increasing the microcirculation to the face. Beyonce and the Duchess of Sussex are fans. You can also do it on the body with a metal scraper, but the jadenkam is softer and more pleasant.
Katie met the body comb in Shanghai 18 months ago when she received a massage. & # 39; The therapist used a jade comb all over my body, focusing on my abdomen and thighs, & # 39; she says.
& # 39; Since I had my twin, who was then seven, I had been overweight and could not shift the pounds & # 39; s; I felt exhausted and had such heavy legs. But after that the heaviness went away and I felt strengthened. & # 39;
Digging deeper, she discovered that combing body or meridian comb, as it is known in the Far East, is gaining ground in spas in Asia because of its benefits for stimulating and losing weight.
& # 39; In Chinese medicine, the channels through which energy or qi flow are called meridians. They travel along the front of the body and along the back, & Katie explains. & # 39; The comb works to unblock energy channels and remove Qi stagnation. When you stimulate your blood supply or move your lymph fluid, your qi is also stimulated. & # 39;
Katie Brindle, the founder of the Hayo & # 39; u method, claims that she has lost an inch of fat and cellulite from each thigh due to & # 39; in the morning and & # 39; comb with jade at night
& # 39; Acupuncture and acupressure also work on the meridians.
& # 39; If your body is combing, follow the meridian lines to stimulate the smooth flow of energy. Chinese doctors provide gua sha recipes and body combing that you can do at home, just like Physio in the West, & she says.
Katie claims that body combing with jade & # 39; in the morning and & # 39; has sucked an inch of fat and cellulite from each thigh at night.
The body comb not only works to make Qi and lymphatic fluid flow, but also works at a deeper level, Katie says. & # 39; It draws blood to the surface of the skin. & # 39;
The result is a temporary but harmless rash-like redness – a good thing, apparently.
Waar Where normal cellulite massage pushes the liquid and toxins in, gua sha pulls it out. You release the circulatory movement for toxins to be eliminated as heat, using the normal secretion function of the skin. The results are smooth, slender-looking limbs. & # 39;
But what do Western medical experts think?
Dr. Sophie Shotter, a cosmetic doctor with a background in A & E, says that manual lymphatic drainage massage has proven benefits and is often recommended after surgery to speed up healing.
& # 39; When used properly, a jade body comb can help improve body lymph movement and promote detoxification by causing faster removal of cellular waste products from the tissues, & # 39; she says.
Katie gave Victoria a piece of jade and explained that a basic body comb routine only takes five minutes (file image)
The basic body comb routine lasts five minutes and can be used on bare, unbroken skin, as long as you use a body oil, says Katie who sends me home with a piece of jade.
First the scalp. I start at the hairline and press the comb down and shake it a bit after a meridian over my crown to the neck of my neck. I repeat this from my temples to my neck, and if certain areas seem particularly stimulated, I stay there – as Katie says, it's my body that tells me what I need.
The meridians connect with the head and scalp, so I treat my whole body, instead of reflexology, Katie explains.
I pull the comb of eight ears to my shoulder and from the center of the chest to the armpit eight times on each side.
I then comb along the belt line or & # 39; dai meridian & # 39; from my lower back to my ribs and then 20 to 30 times along the front of my stomach. & # 39; Fat accumulation in these areas is often due to blockages in this belt channel & # 39 ;, says Katie.
On the rest of my body I simply follow the meridian lines that run down the outside of the legs and on the inside, and the opposite of the arms.
After that I am covered with red stripes, but they disappear quickly. I consider this a good sign that heat stress and toxins are released. It has also given my thin hair more volume, as if I had used dry shampoo.
Who knows if we can all achieve dramatic results with body combing. But if nothing else, it's a back-scratcher that looks great in your bathroom.
Five of the best body combs
Cut from individual stones, it comes in two shapes – rectangle or with a handle.
Use for a deep massage of the head to release muscle tension.
Made from 100% rose quartz, it helps detangle the hair and stimulate blood circulation in the scalp.
Handmade jade comb designed for use on the face, neck, back, hands and feet.
A multifunctional tool to support lymphatic drainage, so that you feel relaxed.
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