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Soaking for Chronic Pain Relief

Soaking for Pain Relief Feature

When getting through a chronic pain flare up (or really, after a tough day at the gym… hello leg day!) It is really important to include various activities into your routine, such as stretching, avoiding inflammatory foods, and making sure to use every pain relief/management tool at your disposal to help keep your irritation at a minimum and allow your body to slowly get back on top of things. In addition to using some of my favorite pain management tools (Part 1 and Part 2), I have recently fallen in love with soaking, for both pain and stress relief!

First of all – Comfort!

Before committing to soaking for a long period of time, you may want to invest in a bath pillow. I was able to get mine for just $10 at Walmart, and it gets the job done, but you can use a folded up towel behind your head as well. The benefits to the pillows are that you can easily wring them out and they dry quickly, or there are versions that are waterproof. Keep in mind, not all tubs have a nice ledge at the back of the tub, mine is pretty much straight up from the lip, which puts my neck at an awkward angle. The pillow helps a bit but I have had my eye on this Luxurious Bath Pillow on Amazon, which had a roll on the back and might improve things… we’ll see!

Epsom Salts

I was initially not a huge fan of the idea of using epsom salts in my bath… I didn’t see how it was really any different than a regular soak, but have really started to appreciate their benefits! Epsom salts are full of magnesium, a natural muscle relaxer, which you gently absorb during the bath. The epsom salts also assist in using essential oils in your baths. Typically, although it still smells nice, adding essential oils right to water results in just having the oils float on the surface. By using both epsom salt AND essential oils, it helps the oils to distribute more evenly through the water and thus be better absorbed during your bath.

Epsom salt “recipes”

I use the word recipe loosely here, but there are a lot of types of epsom salt! Many of these have already been infused with oils, which is how they get their lovely smells, and it also can have different aromatherapy and physical results. My local grocer has a “epsom salt bar” from Zum & Go where you can actually scoop your own salts and buy them by weight, which I love! Some of my favorite combos are:

Aches & Pains

  • 1 part menthol
  • 1 part eucalyptus
  • 1 part peppermint
  • 1 part rosemary

Deep Sleep

  • 1 part frankincense
  • 1 part jasmine
  • 1 part geranium
  • 1 part sandalwood

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Essential Oil Aromatherapy

If creating your own blend of epsom salts is getting a little too fancy for you, Bath and Bodyworks has made it extremely easy to enjoy your soaks! I am obsessed with their new line of lotions and body wash, each oriented for the type of experience you want. You can add normal epsom salt and this foam bath and still experience the benefit from the salt and the aromatherapy of the oils with minimal effort (and get all of the fun bubbles too!). Then, slather yourself with the lotion once you are done with your soak!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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