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Old 07-07-07, 11:42 PM   #1
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Bath Methods!

Some of you fellow old sorebones may have realized by now that a good bath is an essential means of keeping the limbs moving. Particularly if you're commuting and have a little extra around the middle, as I do. I thought I'd see other people's methods to get tips. Here's my own sore bones bath:

--Prepartory clean-off shower with pine tar soap
--Extremely hot soak with lavender oil or if I'm really sore Singah's Mustard Bath
--In-tub yoga
--Five minute blast with intensely cold bottom-of-the-pipes water

If I had my druthers, I'd have a nice sauna and some birch branches to smack my skin with but no such luck. This is as close as I can get. The mustard bath really is amazing stuff.
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Old 07-08-07, 11:24 AM   #2
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Metrosexual much? (kidding!)

Do a search for contrast showers. One of the finest recovery tools known to man.
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Old 07-08-07, 11:50 AM   #3
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Hasn't lavender oil been linked to estrogen production in men and the production of b*tch tits? BE A MAN!!! Use epsom salts or oatmeal.....that's what both Paul Bunyan and Chuck Norris use.

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no pre shower and no hot water. when needed i blast the tub with only cold water. all the way cold water. so cold i scream like a little girl when i sit down in it. put on the ipod. for or five songs later i am out drying off. it greatly reduces swelling and pain. the legs always respond well to this and feel completely refreshed the next day. later.
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Epsom salts.
Epsom salts.
Epsom salts.

Seriously, they're great. 1/2 a package, hot water, 30 minutes. When the bitter taste hits your mouth, you've absorbed enough of it through your skin. Magnesium and sulfur are great minerals. Much more effective than "just" a hot bath or "just" a cold bath, any day of the week.
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I'll try that contrast shower method. I usually don't switch back to warm after the cold blast. Instead I just keep making it colder. Works wonders for the skin.

I've found mustard bath salts are the fine wine to epsom salt's "chillable red". I haven't gone back to epsom since using the mustard bath powder.

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Hasn't lavender oil been linked to estrogen production in men and the production of b*tch tits?
Yeah, like bicycles make you impotent ;-) If you search the internet enough you can find one quack or another making some claims to rake in the $$.
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Dont forget to Exfoliate with a good body scrub and loofa!!!

+1 for metrosexual hahaha
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