THE NEXT BEST THING TO A MASSAGE

Tension in your body is usually caused by stress, and can leave you suffering with sore shoulders, an achy neck, a bad back, headaches and even migraines.

Aside from tackling the stress as the source of the tension, booking a massage will work wonders for your body and mind (my details are here). But if you're stuck for time or between treatments, there are still some great options to get some quick physical relief and loosen you up: 

Take a bath - a soak can be so relaxing mentally and physically. This Seaweed & Arnica Foaming Bath by Neal's Yard Remedies in my opinion is the next best thing to a massage. It smells a bit earthy at first but it works a treat and I'm never without it in my bathroom.

Another effective addition is Epsom Salts. Epsom salt is different from traditional salt in that it’s actually a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It’s composed of tiny, white crystals that look like table salt, but it’s actually a completely different thing! Magnesium is a mineral that most of us are lacking in. The Epsom salts get absorbed through the skin and works to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints. Tired and sore feet will also benefit!

While I'm on the subject of Magnesium, you could try a Magnesium Oil Spray. I use this one. It can feel a bit stingy at first but that will go after a few minutes and you'll notice the difference within hours. 

For targeted relief of a sore spot, such as across your shoulders or neck, you can't beat this Arnica Salve by Neal's Yard Remedies. I use it on my massage clients and dab a bit on my own neck before bed when I remember. 

Finally, if you want the A-lister luxury of a DAILY massage, this Naipo Back Massager is AMAZING. Pop it on for a few minutes a day and you'll feel like you've been at the day spa. 

You can book a massage with me at The Rehab Room Thelwall, via my Rehab Room Facebook page, more details here or email hello@rehabformums.com

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Dawn Jackson

Dawn Jackson is Editor of Rehab for Mums Magazine and Holistic Therapist based in Thelwall, South Warrington. My mission is to bring together women to support other women to feel their best in body AND mind.