I’m sure you enjoy a day at the spa. Who doesn’t? From the steam rooms to the aromas to the herbal tea and berry-infused water served to you in little triangular paper cups. And, not forgetting the fabulous treatments like massage or reflexology.
When you’re at the spa do you find yourself thinking?
🌺 Why don’t I do this more?
🌺 I wish I could do this every day
🌺 I feel great after that facial
🌺 I’m really going to sleep well tonight
The one thing about using complementary therapies such as massage, aromatherapy, and reflexology that you might not realise is that you must be consistent if you are to continue to reap the benefits from them. This is why I’m a huge advocate for learning to use complementary therapies for rheumatoid arthritis at home.
In this blog, I’m sharing five complementary therapies that you should try at home if you have rheumatoid arthritis. These will give you a quick and lovely little mid-morning pick-me-up to add to your tea break or help you get ready for a sound night’s sleep. I use at least two of these a day! It all depends on how I feel and how much time I have. They have given me back a sense of control over my rheumatoid arthritis and as a result, I’m happier in myself. Which has had a positive impact on my role as a wife and a mother.
Let’s get into it, shall we?
The heady scents of essential oils can transform how you feel. They can be used in joint rubs, to help clear congestion if you are prone to more infections because of your medication and can give you a little pep in your step when fatigue is at its worst! All of this makes aromatherapy a valuable support tool for rheumatoid arthritis. For ideas on how to use aromatherapy at home have a look at this blog
During a sound healing treatment singing bowls are placed on the chakra points and struck with a mallet. The vibration from the singing bowls is a very specific vibrational frequency that reverberates through your entire body. This vibration helps to restore balance to the chakras and the meridians as well as moving energy blocks. It is also deeply relaxing and restorative. To reap the benefit of sound healing at home try listening to a sound mediation. If you find your flare-ups can be triggered by stress then this is for you.
Reflexology works on the belief that the whole body is connected from head to toe. The body is split into 10 zones from head to toe and front to back (Imagine the body is cut into 10 slices!)
These zones start or end in the toes, fingers, and head. Reflexologists believe that all of the organs and systems of the body are mapped out on the feet, hands, or face depending on the type of reflexology being performed. By following these maps and applying pressure to a specific area of the hands, feet, or face any energy blocks in the corresponding organ/system.
One of the biggest advantages of hand reflexology is that it is discreet. It can be used at any time without anyone being aware so if fatigue or nausea strikes suddenly you can continue with your important work meeting while using reflexology to get you through it. Have a look at this blog post for ideas on how to use it at home
EFT is also known as tapping. It is similar to acupuncture but without needles! Acupressure points on the face and upper body are gently tapped on while focusing on a problem. This can be used to help soothe and calm pain intensity. To see how this can be used for pain check out this blog.
Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese treatment where a tool is used to scrape the skin. It can be used as an all-over body treatment or as a facial treatment. The facial scraping is significantly more gentle than that used on the body. As a self-treatment, facial gua sha increases blood flow to the skin, helps reduce puffiness, and can be used as a facial massage. But, what does this mean for you? Well, medication for rheumatoid arthritis can be harsh on the skin, leaving it looking grey and lifeless. Using facial gua sha will help to restore a healthy glow to your skin. Why not include it in your nightly skincare routine?
Complementary therapies are a magnificent support tool for you with rheumatoid arthritis. They can help you cope with symptoms and feel in control of your life. Why should you have to wait for a spa day to experience the benefits of these wonderful treatments? In fact, I would argue that regular use of these at home will enhance the spa treatment and extend the benefits.