BACK RUBS

With a focus still on the spine and all of its attachments
what can we do when our back is hurting? or
when we would just like to enjoy something soothing?

Here are some hints for caring for sore back muscles as well as some aromatherapy recipes for sore muscles and for soothing, relaxing back rubs.

The past few posts have been focussed on the spine, the muscles attached to it and maintaining healthy alignments. But what steps should you take after you’ve been a weekend warrior, lifted something too heavy or just slept in an awkward position and YOU are SORE!  Here’s a few tips…

Doing the work that I do, my first recommendation is “get thee in for a good massage”! Before you start walking funny or moving differently to protect the injured part get it cared for so that you aren’t creating more of a problem. (See the link to the “Fuzz Speech” at the bottom of the post….it tells you why.)

But it’s Sunday evening, all the clinics are closed, you’ve taken arnica and still need some relief…

RESTING the sore back is first on the list! If you’ve pulled or injured a muscle it needs a break…give it one.

ICE or HEAT…right after an injury Ice will reduce any swelling (keep a bag of frozen peas in the freezer for just such occasions!). If there is bruising as well then slice up some fresh lemons and place them under the icepack – it draws the bruise to the surface, which looks terrible, but it doesn’t settle in (yes, I was a hockey mom!).
Afterwards..HEAT…increases circulation of blood which nourishes the injured tissues. Hot moist heat is the best for sore muscles as it soaks into them. A soak in the tub with epsom or sea salts, putting some salts on a moist towel in the microwave to heat up and apply…
I tell my clients to use what feels best, heat or ice, in giving them pain relief from sore muscles.

ESSENTIAL OILS

There are some great oils for muscular pain…Eucalyptus, Black Pepper, Juniper, Peppermint. Following are some recipes to create massage blends for muscle pain and some for soothing, relaxing back rubs.
Be sure to test for allergies and read up on contraindications (especially for children, those who are pregnant and those with specific dis-eases) for any of the oils in the blends. There are some excellent websites and books with this information.

PAIN AWAY MUSCLE BLEND
I use this for clients quite often!
2 oz of carrier oil, 10 drops Rosemary, 8 drops Eucalyptus, 6 drops Cypress, 6 drops Marjoram, 4 drops Peppermint and 3 drops Thyme

DEEP HEAT
This is a great blend to soak deeply into muscles and joints, quite effective for relief from arthritic pain as well.
2 oz carrier oil or unscented lotion, 4 drops Chamomile, 4 drops Helichrysum, 4 drops Lemon, 3 drops Fennel, 3 drops Juniper, 3 drops Marjoram, 2 drops Ginger

RELAXATION
A soothing blend for any back rub…a perfect combination of woodsy and sweet
50 mL of base oil, 4 drops Clary Sage, 4 drops Lavender, 6 drops Ylang Ylang, 6 drops Cedarwood

SPICED UP
Into 4 oz of base oil add 4 drops Cinnamon, 2 drops Lavender and 3 drops Juniper

Creating your own Aromatherapy Massage blends can be a lot of fun! Work with what feels best for your muscles

OK, so here is the link to “THE FUZZ SPEECH”…a great explanation of why caring for, stretching and massage are essential for your muscles!

Yoga, Stretching, Strengthening muscles, Massage, Spinal Touch….all good things for your back! What are YOU doing for YOURS? Would love to hear….

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