Epsom Salts Bath
An Epsom Salts bath is a great way to reduce and relieve post massage soreness.
The salts are readily available at your local pharmacy. Look in the first aid section usually on the bottom shelf. Use 2 to 3 cups in a regular sized tub and 3 to 4 cups in a large tub and swirl it around to help it dissolve. The temperature should be hot as you can comfortably tolerate. You must soak in the bath for a minimum of 20 minutes. Don't add any bathing solutions, oils or soap, as these substances will interfere with the therapeutic effect of the salts. After soaking for 20 minutes, you may wash or rinse off as you wish.
During the bath, keep a glass of water, juice or cool herbal tea beside you and sip it during your soak. This will help replace the fluids you will lose to perspiration. If you like, you may also wring a towel in cold water and wrap it around your neck. As with any hot bath, make sure you get out of the tub slowly and carefully.
If you are over 50 or have diagnosed heart trouble, you should moderate the water temperature and avoid submerging your body above heart level. You should definitely use a cold towel around your neck, keeping a bucket of cold water available beside the tub for wringing. If you have any concerns about whether a hot tub will affect you adversely, please consult with your doctor before using an Epsom Salts bath.