After the Spartan championship race, I realized I needed to take care of my body better. Foam rolling and stretching are great, but I was missing another element. Epsom salt baths. My teammates on my high school basketball team talked about taking these baths. I tried it once, but never got into it religiously. After doing epsom salt baths for awhile, I can safely say they really help out with the intense training of Spartan Races.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt hails from the Epsom springs in Surrey, England. It is magnesium sulfate (MgSO4). You can go to your nearest drugstore to find it. I got mine off of amazon (here is the one I buy), where you can find it in bulk to get more bang or baths for your buck.
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What does Epsom Salt do?
After epsom salt dissolves in water it becomes Magnesium and Sulfate. In a warm bath your skin soaks in the magnesium and sulfate to help with a range of problems. These include arthritis, muscle soreness, stiffness, bruises etc.
How to take a Epsom Salt Bath?
First, get the water in your tub to be relatively warm. I usually take mine really hot, but depending on your heat tolerance do whatever is comfortable for you. Next, pour in the epsom salt. Your bath tub size will determine the amount of epsom salt you use. I have a pretty regular sized bath tub and use 2 cups per bath. You can add it while the tub is filling or after you have it filled. If you add it after just make sure to stir the water around to help it dissolve. Make sure to soak for at least 12 minutes. Also, if your tub does not have a great neck rest, roll up a towel to put behind your neck. After a few baths I found my neck to become pretty stiff because of the straight position my bath puts it in. Your issue will determine the frequency of your baths. I would recommend the most to take is one per day.
I hope the epsom salt bath will get you onto a speedy recovery. There should be nothing to worry about with these baths, however if you have any health conditions make sure to consult with your doctor beforehand. I hope you enjoy!