Therapeutic Bodywork & Massage.

Exfoliation is essential! Our Lapis & Oak estheticians will remind you of this often, and for good reason. Whether you’re getting a treatment with us or you’re working on your skin in the shower with a loofah and some soap, perhaps some micro scrubbing beads or particles mixed in, it’s an important habit to adopt. As with other exfoliation methods, dry brushing scrubs away dead skin cells and reveals the smoother, youthful skin already existing beneath.

The benefits of dry brushing – outside the shower or bath – are numerous. First, you can improve circulation while eliminating the hot water use that can strip away moisture. Dry brushing will also unclog your pores and stimulate lymphatic movement. Anecdotally, many people have also experienced reduction in cellulite appearance. In addition, moisturizers and other beauty products applied after treatment will be more readily absorbed, possibly increasing their overall effectiveness.

Dry brushing as a way to achieve the youthful, ruddy glow of clean, freshly stimulated skin has a long history. Across Ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, various methods of dry or semi-dry skin cleansing were quite popular. In fact, to begin their multi-step bath ritual, an Ancient Roman’s skin would be cleaned head to toe with a strigil – a curved metal instrument usually made of bronze – and a bit of olive oil.

In Ayurvedic practice, “garshana” is performed with a dry bristle brush or with silk gloves and is intended to stimulate cleansing and movement of the lymphatic system. Traditional Chinese Medicine includes using dried silk squash fibers – what is often today called loofah – to purify the lymphatic system and drain toxins into the colon.


Several of our Lapis & Oak Therapeutic Bodywork & Massage services incorporate dry brushing. Ask your therapist whether you can add it as an option or choose a specific body treatment that already includes it, such as the Liberate Ritual, one of our most popular treatments. This treatment begins with full body dry brushing, followed by our Liberate body scrub blended with 100% pure essential oils and herbal infusions. We then lock in moisture with warm organic oil, leaving you with soft, hydrated skin.