Monday, December 3, 2012

Muscle Relief Tips

Well, today was my breaking point... the day I desperately had to go and get a massage for my awful headache (why did I let it get to this level?) I had allowed my stress and anxiety to burrow into my neck, shoulders and back - and get way too comfortable there. Anyway... I had an amazing massage at Spa Habitat from Kelli, who worked on all of my knots and gave me my aftercare instructions, which included all of the Clovertree products that I have created over the years. A humbling reminder that I have not been following my own advice! So.... down the hatch went several glasses of water, and into the Jacuzzi tub I submerged. 

(1 hour later...)

Based on following Kelli's instructions, my headache had subsided and I felt like a wet noodle! And, yes, I'm reminded I should get regular massages to prevent this from happening again... and go back two or three more times in the next couple of weeks for more massage because my knots are so large and so deep...  :-((( yay me!!

After my experience today, I thought that I should share my secrets with you all once again. Because I know there are many others out there, who just like me, are doing too much and not taking time for themselves. So, here goes:

My recommendations for high stress, anxiety, muscle tension, and/or headaches:

1. Schedule a massage at a local spa with someone who understands the musculature of the body and can recognize imbalances and where all those crazy knots are!! 
2. Request hot stones be used in your massage treatment, if possible, to help relax the deep muscle tissue. 
3. Relax! And don't be afraid to tell your massage therapist if the pressure is too deep or too light. 
4. After the massage, go home and take a warm bath for 20-30 minutes with the following Clovertree products: 

  • 1 cup of Muscle Relief Bath Salts
  • 2 droppers full of Arnica Therapy Oil
  • 2 droppers full of St. John's Wort Therapy Oil

Muscle Relief Salts

Arnica Therapy Oil

St. John's Wort Therapy Oil
5. While bathing, gently massage sore shoulder and neck muscles to loosen tight muscle tissue and release toxin build up - the purpose of the bath is DETOX and to help prevent soreness after a massage, so make sure that the bath water is warm, you've included bath salts, and you remain in the bath for 20-30 minutes. 
Muscle Relief Balm
6. After the bath, apply Muscle Relief Balm to sore muscle areas, and get dressed into light weight clothing. 
7. Apply a heat pack over your shoulders or over the affected sore muscle area for 20 minutes. You can repeat this step at bedtime as well and the next few days as needed. I recommend Sonoma Lavender for herbal neck wraps:

8. Drink some chamomile tea before bed for further relaxation. It works wonders! I personally love Choice Organic Teas: 

*Note: for extremely tense/knotted muscle tissue, repeat the bath, muscle balm and heat pack nightly. 

til next time,

Amy :-)