Add Epsom Salt Baths to Your Healthy Lifestyle

Add Epsom Salt Baths to Your Healthy Lifestyle

By: Jennifer H. Smorodin, LMT

Bath timeOccasionally your Massage Therapist may recommend that you take an Epsom salt bath to complement the effects of your massage.  Do you know why we do that?

Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate, which, when dissolved in your bath water, easily penetrate your skin and go to work.  Once the magnesium sulfate is in your body, it relieves stress by promoting the production of serotonin, and by reducing the effects of adrenalin – the hormone that is secreted by your adrenal glands when you are under stress.  The absorption of magnesium sulfate through your skin allows this compound to quickly go to work relaxing your muscles, and relieving pain and inflammation in your joints.  Magnesium is also used by your cells to produce energy, resulting in a more naturally energized and invigorated you.

While the magnesium is working chemically to help you relax and rejuvenate, the warmth from the water also helps by loosening muscle tension and joint stiffness.  The warm water also increases circulation, which helps your body remove toxins and restore a healthier balance to your tissues.  Another benefit comes from simply immersing yourself in a tub of water, as the hydrostatic pressure of the water against your skin also encourages circulation of blood and lymph fluid through your extremities.  The hydrostatic pressure also reduces the force of gravity that’s been pushing on and compressing your joints, providing even more relief.

The Arthritis Foundation recommends that a pain-relieving bath should last at least 20 minutes, and that the water should be between 92 and 100 degrees for maximum benefit and safety.  An Epsom salt bath can be taken whenever you’ve had a very stressful day, on a day when your body is feeling particularly tired and sore, or after you have received a massage.  In the evening before bed is a wonderful time to take one, as the relaxation from the bath will help you sleep better through the night while your body continues to enjoy the benefits of the bath.

If you’re interested in adding Epsom salt baths to your wellness regimen, please ask your Massage Therapist or a Front Desk Associate about the Epsom salts we have in our store.  They come in three fragrant essential oil blends that are exclusive to Vitality Unlimited Spa: a super-relaxing and refreshing Lavender-Eucalyptus, a Circulation Blend of geranium, ylang-ylang, and lemongrass, and a Calming Refuge Blend with notes of mellow floral, luscious citrus, and inviting vanilla.

About the Author:

Jennifer Smorodin

License: Massage Therapist
Studied: The Healing Arts Center
Specialty: Deep Touch and Swedish, mixed with Myofascial Release, Reflexology, and a variety of energy modalities.

I enjoy being a massage therapist because I enjoy working in a relaxing atmosphere and helping people be more relaxed and at ease in their bodies. I tailor each session to give the client what they need that day, paying close attention to both their words and their body. When I’m not working, I’m a mom to a teenaged son, active with our extended family, and I enjoy reading, writing, yoga, walks with our dog, knitting, and staying informed about current events

Sources:

naturallivingideas.com/20-epsom-salt-uses

arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/tips/warm-water-therapy.php

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