6 Tips for Relaxing and Healing with Warmth this Winter
Hot Foot Bath- During a time when it's nearly impossible to keep your toes warm throughout the day, the simplicity of filling a large bowl with hot water and submerging your feet for 15 minutes can be sublime. Large copper or stainless steel basins work well for this. If you're looking for a little something extra, you can find electric foot spa basins with jacuzzi jets. Other simple , yet luxurious options; add epsom salts or essential aromatherapy oils to the foot bath, and use your favorite lotion or body butter to massage your feet afterwards.
Therapeutic Whole Body Bath (or shower)- Take it one step farther and treat your entire body to the healing properties of a warm bath. For the benefit of your muscles and your circulation, the water should be as hot as you can bear. A loofah scrub after soaking for at least 20 minutes will uncover the freshest layer of your skin and leave you feeling lighter and softer all over.
Stay Hydrated with Hot Herbal Tea- Just holding a warm mug of tea in your hands can be enough to soothe your senses with your hands absorbing the heat and the aroma of your herbal infusion swirling through your nostrils. A simple warming tea can be made by adding slices of fresh ginger to 2 cups of water and bringing to a boil. Then let it simmer for 15-20 minutes and enjoy, adding honey and lemon if you like.
Keep your Skin Warm- it's your first layer of protection against the cold, dry weather. A lovely way to help your skin and body stay healthy is to apply your favorite oil, or body butter every day, especially to feet, hands, arms and legs. Sesame oil is used often in Ayurvedic medicine for it's warming qualities, and does wonders for cold feet before going to sleep at night, having even been known to help eliminate bad dreams!
Hot Stone Massage- A lovely way to add more penetrating warmth to a massage session. Find a therapist who specializes in this special treat. My hot basalt stones live at my Burlington office, so hot stone sessions are limited to that location.
Moist Heat Hot Packs- Can be applied therapeutically to stiff, tight, sore muscles. My hydrocollator with hot packs lives at my Jericho Center studio, and they can be added to sessions at that location.