I do a lot of chair massage. Summer clothing is easier on the elbows and forearms. It's that darn wool in the winter--all the sweaters... I try to avoid doing too much gliding on rough fabric with my skin. Some fabrics seem to just suck the moisture right out of the skin.
If I do glide, I use the skin surfaces that are not as easily irritated.
I agree with maestra regarding smoothing the rough skin--exfoliate. I often use one of the foot tools that looks like sandpaper on a stick (I think it's intended for use on the heels), then rinse with warm water and apply a cream.
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