Epsom salts. Hot Water. 20 minutes.
Seriously. You’ll feel like a new person.
My job is to teach Martial Arts to kids and families. It’s also my job to pay my bills on time, market my business, and make sure that the people who walk into our doors feel welcome, at home, and are successful in our program. Those two roles involve vastly different levels of physical activity, and when you go from one to the other without properly warming up, you can find yourself very sore. To be honest, you can find yourself very sore when you do properly warm up.
You can also find yourself sore and run down from parenting, sitting in a desk all day, walking your dog, teaching school, or any number of other things you do in this life.
Enter the wonderful massage therapist who enrolled her kids in my program with this most helpful of helpful tips.
Take an epsom salt bath. Get the water as hot as you can stand and soak in it for about 20 minutes.
If your body hurts for any reason. Take an epsom salt bath.
If you want to call it self-care add some lavender essential oil to the water, light a candle, and play some nice music or a guided meditation.
Do you know why I love this?
- Epsom salts are very inexpensive, so you can do this a lot without paying a lot of money.
- It makes scientific sense. Magnesium (epsom salts are composed of magnesium sulfate, so you probably shouldn’t add it to your food) is a natural muscle relaxer and has anti-inflammatory properties in you body. When you soak in it, your body absorbs it transdermally (fancy word for: through your skin) and it goes right to those sore, bruised or sprained bits and helps you feel much better.
- Epsom salt baths are generally safe for everyone (even if you’re pregnant, but you should always ask your doctor if you want to be sure.)
- It feels like a spa experience if you add the lavender essential oil, candle and music.
- Increasing your magnesium may help you sleep better
- It will also help relieve constipation if that’s an issue for you (another nice benefit for those pregnant ladies out there. The muscle relaxing qualities of magnesium help with all the muscles)
- Finally, if you find that you don’t love epsom salts for making you feel more relaxed, less sore, and generally better you can just use them in your garden to make your aspirational tomato plants grow stronger, tastier tomatoes.
There’s actually a whole “epsom salt council” that has a website devoted to all the ways that epsom salts are good for you.