Aerial Self Care: Hot Water Immersion

Aerial Self Care: Hot Water Immersion

Aerialist bodies know all kinds of aches. No apparatus lets us off easy. Whether you train aerial silks, lyra, pole, trapeze, rope, chains, or anything else that lets you fly, you know what it’s like to step delicately out of bed the morning after a good training session.
Outer hips? Sigh.
Upper back? Eek.
Glutes? Yup.

We can actually get so used to being sore that we stop paying attention and keep training when we really need rest. This was definitely happening to me–between teaching and training I was starting to rack up some recovery debt. I wanted to reset my body so I promised myself four days in a row of hot water immersion. For me that meant epsom salt baths and visiting a local hot spring (I know, I’m the luckiest!)

It worked like MAGIC.

The heat helps muscles relax and promotes blood flow throughout the body. It lets us feel far more at ease in a body that has worked really really hard. Four days in a row is a special treat that I’d recommend every month or two or when you become injured or sick. Otherwise once a week goes a long way! 

Your bath doesn’t have to look as luxurious as the photo above to do good work on your body. Add some epsom salt, essential oils if you have some, and turn on some music to take yourself a little deeper. 

Don’t have a bathtub? A hot shower is still an amazing resource for your body. I love taking a hot shower right after a hard training session. You might also have local hot tubbing options at gyms or spas. 

Taking time out to soak in hot water is an easy way to say thanks to your body. I think you will enjoy yourself!

Next Sunday I’ll be sharing a post about when to strategize your rest! Be sure to check back in or drop your email in the form below to make sure you don’t miss it!