In our previous blog we talked about the benefits of a good long soak with Wintergreen™ Hot Mustard Soak for aiding muscle recovery, improving circulation and detoxing. The Hot Mustard Soak works by causing intense heating in the body, with a distinctive and powerful fragrance of menthol and wintergreen oils, but some may find the experience a little too hot (and fragrant) to handle!
Introducing our fragrance-free Wintergreen™ Magnesium Soak – a blend of the purest pharmaceutical grade Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) and magnesium chloride (found in the Dead Sea). Magnesium is one of 7 key macro-minerals essential for muscle function, protecting the heart, stabilising blood pressure and blood sugar, supporting bone health, and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Our Sports Massage Therapist to the professionals, Daliah Hurwitz, says, “It can be hard initially to convince my rugby players and athletes who are more accustomed to showers, that a long, hot bath can help them recover from a tough match or training session, but once they have tried it and experienced the benefits, they are converts! Wintergreen™ Magnesium Soak is a regular part of my recovery protocol.”
Strenuous exercise causes a build-up of lactic acid in the muscles, which can result in joint aches and pains, inflammation, muscle fatigue and cramping. The detoxing effect of Wintergreen™ Magnesium Soak helps to alleviate these, replenishing any magnesium that the body loses through sweating, and relaxing the muscles, easing inflammation in aching joints and speeding up recovery.
Says Daliah, “With regular use together with frequent massage, there should be little to no muscle cramping during or after training or matches, and the effect of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Stiffness) will be much improved.”
Magnesium also has many mentally healing properties, reducing feelings of anxiety, depression, stress and mental exhaustion along with the physical effects of a tension headache. When used before bed, Wintergreen™ Magnesium Soak aids in more restful sleep by activating GABA, the neurotransmitter responsible for quieting down nerve activity.
“When my players are hyped up after a match, a soak will calm them right down, leave them feeling mentally and physically rejuvenated, and assist them to get a good night’s sleep. The only time I don’t recommend they use Wintergreen™ Magnesium Soak is the night before a match, because the detoxing effect can sometimes leave them feeling a bit sluggish the next day as the toxins and lactic are eliminated out of the body. Once this elimination process is complete though, my players feel better than ever.”