Remedies for Physical Tension


November 17, 2020

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Do you suffer from physical tension & uncomfortable muscle pain?

I'm certain I would need a lot of hands to count the sheer volume of people I know that suffer from tension and muscle pain -- both the kind that is present in the day-to-day or the occasional pain that shows up in waves.

If this is all too familiar to you, you know that it can really dampen your overall experience of life in general. 

In this post, I've compiled a list of flower essence rituals & mindful awareness practices that have personally helped me! And it's my hope that they can help you too! ; )

1. Quiet Mind: Dissolve Tension with Flower Essences

Flower essences typically work on the mental, energetic & spiritual bodies -- but there are several flower essences that have physical benefits too! Our Quiet Mind collection has helped many people get better sleep, feel less tension in their bodies & experience a more profound sense of mental clarity.

In particular, Dandelion flower essence, which is found in this champion blend,is one of the most valuable elixirs for physical discomfort. The humble Dandelion helps clear static and accumulated stress from our muscles & actually helps us identify how we store stress and tension in the body and allows us to release it, so you feel less knotty and more mobile.

Check out this video here a bunch of our customers sharing their success stories!

If you suffer from chronic physical discomfort, take the Quiet Mind Elixirevery single day, 5 times a day. If you occasionally experience stress-induced tension in your neck & shoulders, keep a bottle of Quiet Mind Serum on hand. Massage the serum into these areas of tension and really concentrate on working it into those knotty areas.

2. Abhyanga: Self-Massage using Oils

Abhyanga is a massage that’s done with oil. The oil is applied on the entire body, from the scalp to the soles of your feet. The oil is the central component of this practice. When combined with massage strokes, it’s said to promote overall health & wellness. Our serums are great for this ancient Ayurvedic practice! It is always best to use high-quality & organic oils in abhyanga as they penetrate the skin easily without greasy residue. Our Quiet Mind & Inner Peace serums are particularly effective for soothing aching, tense and tired muscles. 

READ MORE ABOUT ABHYANGA HERE

3. TCM Acupressure: Pressure points to relieve pain

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of health and wellness that’s been used in China for thousands of years that looks at your entire well-being, and targets the root cause of imbalances. We've partnered with Erin Borbet, Acupuncturist & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, to strategically pair our flower essence-infused anointing oils with specific acupressure points to relieve pain & tension by harnessing the transformative effects of the flower essences.

Below is a diagram that illustrates the meridians in the body connected to pain & muscle tension. Grab whatever flower essence serum or anointing oil you have on hand & gently massage these points whenever you need relief!

WHERE TO APPLY OILS:
  1. GALLBLADDER 20-21: In general, the Gallbladder meridian relaxes all of the sinews and muscles, helping to dissolve tension anywhere in the body. GB20-21 is wonderful at relaxing muscles on the whole body. Location: at the base of the back of the skull, run down the neck to the top of the trapezius muscle on top of the shoulders.
  2. LARGE INTESTINE 4: One of the strongest points for moving Qi on the body, and renowned for it’s ability to relieve pain. Responds excellently to acupressure, and can be very tender. It extinguishes wind and helps facilitate strong movement through healthy release - letting go of that which no longer serves you. Helps with headaches, menstrual cramps, neck/shoulder tension – can even open congested sinuses, alleviate sneezing and induce labor! Location: on the outside of the hand, in the depression between the thumb and forefinger.
  3. LIVER 3: This point pairs with LARGE INTESTINE 4 to create the “4-Gates,” which open up qi flow for the entire body. Opening this gate is especially useful when liver-qi is constrained, resulting in a tight ribcage, difficulty taking a deep inhale, quick to be frustrated or irritated, PMS symptoms, tight neck/shoulders or general muscle pain. Location: between the first and second toes, about two-finger-widths from the webbing on the top of the foot.

4. Bathing Rituals: Relaxing Bath Salts

Bathing in sea salt infused water is one of the quickest ways to promote relief to an achy, tired body, and mind! There are so many other benefits that include: stimulating circulation, easing muscle cramps, relieving stiff joints and soothing overworked legs & feet.

Our single-use bath salts are infused with flower & gem elixirs with exquisite aromatherapy. Each bath ritual comes with its own soaking meditation that you can listen to while you bathe, too!

WAYS TO ENJOY THE BATH SALTS:
  • Draw a hot bath. Once you’ve settled in, pour the bath salts around you and immerse yourself.
  • Sprinkle the salts around your feet while you shower & breathe in the aroma!
  • Use the salts as an exfoliating scrub for your body + feet. Show extra love to those sore & tense areas to help soothe them away.

5. Body Scan Meditation: A full body awareness practice

Finally, one of the best practices to help us become more aware and attuned to our bodies & how it's feeling is meditation. This particular practice can be done at any time of the day, but it is especially wonderful before bedtime. I've recorded a Body Scan Meditation here to help you pinpoint any areas you need to pay attention.

Here's to less aches & living life with more presence!

Love + flower petals,
Katie