What are the Benefits of Epsom Salts,
and Why do we give them away after every treatment?
What Is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate, and is a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. For hundreds of years this salt has been used to treat ailments such as muscular aches, insomnia and fibromyalgia. There will always be more research that can be done, but it is widely accepted that the benefits of Epsom salt are attributed to its magnesium content, which is a mineral that a lot of people do not get enough of.
How Does It Work?
When you dissolve Epsom salt into your bath water it dissolves and releases magnesium and sulfate ions, which are then absorbed through your skin, providing the body with magnesium and sulfates. These are minerals that have important functions in the body, and are involved in more than 325 biochemical reactions that benefit the heart and nervous system.
- Exercise Performance and Recovery - Taking Epsom salt baths can reduce muscle soreness and relieve cramps — both important factors for exercise performance and recovery. It is well known that adequate magnesium levels are helpful for exercise because magnesium helps the body use glucose and lactic acid.
- Reduced Pain and Swelling - Epsom salt also helps reduce pain and swelling, as well as improving the symptoms of fibromyalgia and arthritis. It is believed that many people with fibromyalgia and arthritis are deficient in magnesium.
- Promotes Sleep and Stress Reduction - Adequate magnesium levels are essential for sleep and stress management, likely because magnesium helps the brain produce neurotransmitters that induce sleep and reduce stress. Magnesium may also help the body produce melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.
The information above was sourced from www.healthline.com
The advice below is from all of us here in Clinic ...
How do WE want YOU to use your Free bag of Epsom Salts?
Simply increase your water intake for a few hours after your massage (1 glass extra per hour - on top of what you would usually drink - for a couple of hours ... ) and then take the time to relax into a nice, hot Epsom Salts bath.
- The extra water you drink will elevate your circulatory volume (give you a little more blood in your veins) …
- The hot bath will stimulate your general circulation … allowing
- The magnesium content of the salts to absorb more easily through your skin and help the metabolic waste that was liberated by your massage to evacuate your body so you feel more relaxed for longer.
The last part of this Post-Massage Self-Care Regime is to gently but thoroughly stretch all the areas you feel (or felt) tension in your body. This will again promote circulation in your ‘trouble areas’ and assist the evacuation of metabolic waste, but more importantly it will help regain flexibility in your muscles, which will in turn help reduce the recurrence of muscular tensions … Sounds simple, but it works!