Parlour Muscle Soak

Though so many dancers make it look effortless, pole dancing is in fact a remarkably strenuous, exhaustive pursuit. There have been days when I’ve barely been able to lift my arms or walk without a limp after a particularly grueling class. In which case, muscle soaks can be exceptionally effective to help soothe pain, relieve inflammation, and ease muscle fatigue. And though basic epsom salt baths can be sufficient, I prefer the below combination for a more potent, sensory experience.

  • 1 –1/2 cups epsom salt
    relaxes the nervous system, soothes back pain and aching limbs, eases muscle strain, draws toxins from the body
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
    removes accumulated lactic acid in the body, reduce muscle pain and stiffness
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
    helps de-chlorinate the water, removes toxins, balances an overly-acidic system, soothes the skin
  • 10–15 drops essential oil
    they smell amazing, but more importantly, choose an essential oil that suits your intention

Here are some of my favorite essential oils, along with their respective healing properties:

  • Lavender: balancing, calming, healing
  • Chamomile: calming, relaxing, soothing
  • Eucalyptus: purifying, invigorating
  • Frankincense: calming, visualizing, meditative
  • Neroli: calming, soothing, sensual
  • Peppermint: vitalizing, refreshing, cooling
  • Sandalwood: relaxing, centering, sensual
  • Vanilla: calming, comforting, balancing

Mix the ingredients together, pour into a warm (or reasonably hot) bath, and soak for at least 15 minutes. Add some candles and put on some mellow music (or even a guided meditation) for the ultimate effect. Drain, drink some water, then get some rest!