Cheer Salon: A Bath to Soothe Aching Muscles

April 12, 2010

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By Laura Schell-Baker

Soak in this bath to calm your muscles when you get home from camp, or before camp to wake you up and give you a chance to shave.

What you’ll need:
– 2 cups of Epsom salt
– 3/4 cup of sugar
– 1/2 cup of olive oil
– Cup of tea with cinnamon
– Orange slices

Run a warm bath and add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water. When Magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling and relaxes muscles. Epsom Salt is also a great exfoliant, because it’s a natural emollient and softens the skin.

Before getting into the tub, mix 3/4 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of olive oil in a small bowl. While in the tub, gently rub small amounts of mixture over wet face and body to exfoliate dead skin cells, and rinse well, avoiding the eye area. This will leave your face with a warm glow and moisturize your body without leaving it oily. (If you plan on stunting after the bath, avoid applying any lotions or you’re just asking for an accident to happen!)

While soaking in the tub, sip on some warm tea with a dash of cinnamon (cinnamon can be used as a stimulant to treat fatigue, clear the mind and help you concentrate). Nibble on some orange wedges; Oranges are bright and cheerful, and they help calm and soothe the nerves.

Before getting out of the tub, rinse well to remove any residue and oil.

Laura Schell-Baker is the owner of Ooh La La Designs, a spa and cheer shop in Milford. Ooh La La sells cosmetics just for cheerleaders, as well as bags, jewelry, spirit wear and more, and hosts spa parties that emphasize proper skin cleansing techniques and teach makeup application tips. Laura’s motto is “True beauty comes from within, it can not be applied” — a value she emphasizes to everyone she works with.

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