Creams with essential oils
A yoga practice at home is a great way to tune up your body on a daily basis without having to hit the studio. You might expect your body to feel the pain of a good stretch, but there are some simple suggestions for a self-massage to make your practice more comfortable – and hence, more regular.
Set the Scene for Relaxation
Before a healing self-massage, make your surroundings comfortable to put you in a relaxed state. This doesn’t necessarily mean turning your bedroom into a spa, but it helps to dig out those aromatherapy candles and turn off that glaring overhead light. When you make the environment soothing and relaxing, you are sending the message to your body that now is the time to rest.
Products that Heal and Sooth Tired Muscles
A massage is indeed something to look forward to after a good practice. There are creams with essential oils that can help ease the tension that comes after a particularly challenging practice. More than any other balm or body product, creams with essential oils are great for a self-massage after your yoga practice and before going to bed because they have the right consistency and absorbency for optimum massage strokes.
A More Mindful Touch
Before bedtime, make it a point to spend some time rubbing the overworked muscles with creams with essential oils to relieve these areas and lessen the chances of it feeling worse in the morning. Remember to rub gently but deeply, in slow but deliberate strokes. Do not put so much pressure on the muscles that you start to feel pain, for it might feel all the more overworked (or you might even pull some muscles!). The essential oils that are infused into the creams must be worked into the skin to penetrate the body and help restore your muscles to a relaxed state through the massage.
There are many creams with essential oils to choose for your after-yoga self-massage, but the good ones to go with are those that are widely thought of to have a calming effect on the senses such as peppermint, lavender and the like. These essential oils infused into the creams are a safe and natural way to upgrade the massage experience without exposing your body to harmful chemicals or artificial ingredients found in other ranges of self-pampering products.
Dry Up, Dress Up and Tuck In
After your massage, rub a soft dry towel all over your body to absorb any leftover cream that may stain your sheets. The trick is to dab lightly, as you want to keep in as much moisture as possible. Fortunately, creams with essential oils are not loaded with additional ingredients such as colorings and artificial scents that might tend to just sit on the upper layer of your epidermis (or altogether harmful when absorbed by the skin). Dress comfortably and warmly if you retire in a chilly room, because you will want to keep your body as warm as possible to extend the healing and relaxing benefits of your self-massage. These easy-to-do tips can spell the difference between simply rubbing those aching muscles and indulging your body in a calming, restorative and well-deserved after-yoga routine.