You’ve heard all about my passion for aromatherapy, but there’s something else that I absolutely love — Zumba™. I actually teach a Zumba™ class six times a week, and on top of that, I also make time for Barre classes and weight training. On average, I spend about 10 hours of every week exercising, and I love it!
But I couldn’t do it without my essential oils.
Most people don’t think to combine aromatherapy with exercise, but once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! Best of all, no matter what kind of exercise you love — running, lifting weights, competitive sports, dancing — aromatherapy can help you bring your “A game” every time.
How can the right essential oils boost your fitness routine?
My latest article in Les Nouvelle Esthetiques is all about “Scents of Success”.
In it, I have described how spa owners and therapists can prepare their clients for success by helping them stay more focused, alert and productive.
It is very often that clients ask me for aromatherapy solutions to relieve pain. Pain can have numerous origins and manifests itself in different ways. Several disorders such as rheumatism, arthritis, gout and tendinitis cause pain in the muscles or joints, which can be quite debilitating at times.
While some essential oils are very effective in providing localized relief, others work from deep within to eliminate toxins and reduce inflammation.
Hot compresses give considerable relief and several massage therapists have shared with me that alternate hot and ice cold compresses work the best.
Massage is an age-old and time-tested remedy for pain as it stimulates circulation and expels toxins.
If inflammation is the cause of pain, a warm aromatic bath can relieve the soreness and comfort the joints. It is also a great way to detoxify the system.
Always bear in mind that a painful muscle is often a manifestation of mental stress and anxiety. The wonderful thing about aromatherapy is that it always addresses physical, mental and emotional aspects and promotes holistic healing. Incorrect posture can cause chronic pain, especially in the shoulders and back.
According to Shirley and Len Price, authors of Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, “Most people with pain usually become anxious about the possible implications; this leads to muscle tension and muscle tension increases the pain that increases the emotional response and so on, each perpetuating the other into a vicious circle that can become a spiraling process.”
Muscle pain is usually caused due to the accumulation of toxins and uric acid within the muscle tissue. Essential oils penetrate deep to help eliminate toxic build up and also prevent further accumulation of uric acid. Here are some the oils that can be used safely at home: