Easing Muscle Soreness for Pilates

I have two GREAT tips to ease soreness from your previous pilates workout, early evening jog, workout in the gym, etc. I keep these contents in labeled and recycled glass jars in my bathroom for easy access.

The key to easing soreness is to rest, hydrate, and replenish your body with healthy nutrients.

Post Pilates Workout Bath Soaks

Ginger Soak

  1. Two parts baking soda
  2. One part ground ginger
  3. Stir the parts into the water
  4. Soak for at least 12 minutes
  • Baking soda helps pull out toxins
  • Ginger warms and relaxes the muscles
  • Start out, with a smaller amount of ginger and add as you like
  • Too much ginger makes the water seem too hot
  • Rinse tub when finished - ginger will leave orange tint if you don’t rinse crystals away

You can find baking soda at any drug store or grocery store and it is quite inexpensive.

Ginger can get pricey. Usually it is found in health food stores and is cheapest when purchased in bulk. Make sure you get ground ginger (it will look like a yellow/orange powder.)

Lavender Soak

  1. Add anywhere from 1/2 cup to 1 and 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt
  2. Add 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil
  3. Add the contents to the bath and stir the bath so that the Epsom Salt crystals dissolve
  4. Soak for at least 12 minutes
  • Lavender helps relax the muscles
  • Epsom Salts alleviates soreness
  • Amount of lavender and salts you add depends on how much water you put into the bath and how much you like lavender

Epsom Salt is found at local drug and grocery stores and is inexpensive. It is not the same type of salt on the dinner table, so make sure to ask for Epsom salt.

Lavender essential oil can be found at a health food store or online.  I am particularly fond of the Aura Cacia and Now brands.



Still finding that you get painful muscle cramps during or after workouts? Check out these tips on alleviating muscle cramps.

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