Stretching after a hot bath to ease muscles

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There are so many benefits to stretching: It reduces the risk of injury, encourages blood flow throughout your limbs – delivering oxygen to tired muscles to help them repair properly. I think stretching, when done properly, can feel so satisfying. It also helps you relax, keeps you feeling good and helps to improve your posture, so no more slouching! Normally you would stretch after exercising, when your muscles are warm and the blood flow to limbs and muscles is optimal. You shouldn’t try to stretch out cold muscles as it can heighten risk of pulling or straining one, and heighten the risk of injury. Therefore stretching after a hot bath is ideal if you haven’t warmed up your muscles already with a workout.

What You'll Need

  • A bath
  • Calm relaxed mind
  • Essential oils
  • Epaom salts

What You'll Do

  • Take a long, hot bath - I like to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to help calm and relax me
  • After the bath, hold a variety of stretches for 20-30 seconds. Do stretches that target the main muscle groups: arms, legs, core, back and chest.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember to breathe into the stretch Again, N.B. do not stretch cold.
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