So I'm over a year out of ankle surgery, yet I still suffer from stiffness, pain, and fatigue that radiates up the whole right side of my body. Besides that, physical activity of any kind means an ongoing cycle of breaking down and rebuilding of tissue, and that can be painful! Here are my favorite recovery tools for when my body has taken a beating:
- Biggs & Featherbelle Muscle Soak. My massage therapist is always talking about how awesome epsom salt baths are. Last time I saw him he asked me if I took baths, and for how long. My answer is "as often as possible and as long as possible." haha! This does the trick for relaxing muscles and relieving soreness and stiffness, also it has a wonderful herbal scent.
- Mio Workout Wonder - The aforementioned massage therapist used this on my sore leg and sold me on it. It has a blend of essential oils in it, and I'm not sure what else but it's is as wonderful as the name implies. I can smell and feel the peppermint oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties. I would say it is like a yogi's version of Ben Gay. Do they even make that stuff anymore?
- Badger Sore Muscle Rub - This stuff has saved myself from many belly dance workshops when I've been a little overzealous with the level changes. It has cayenne and ginger, which stimulates circulation to aid in muscle repair. As opposed to the workout wonder, it feels warming rather than cooling. Rub on quads after too many level changes, floor work, or squats, and your legs will be able to see you up and down stairs another day.
- Cherapy pillow - My best friend in winter. It's a little pillow, sewn in three sections, filled with cherry pits. Toss it in the microwave for a minute or two and it holds warm, moist heat for hours. I use this on my ankle, which still gets stiff and achy a year after surgery, but it's shape makes it perfect to drape around neck and shoulders or pretty much anywhere.
- Therapy Ball - I have a pair of these from Yoga Tune-up, as well as The Roll Model by Jill Miller. Have I told you about how much I love fascia? These little guys bust up scar tissue and are essential for myofascial release for regular body maintenance.