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By Carrie Doyle and the Union Yoga + Wellness massage team

For most of us, the new year starts off with new goals, activities, and routines. By this time we’ve either settled into new habits and adjusted, or abandoned them all. Better selfcare is a common goal when starting a new year. Life can get so busy and before you know it, it’s April. It can be difficult to make a massage appointment, so we wanted to share some of our favourite selfcare tools.

Peppermint Halo

This headache remedy from Saje Wellness contains peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus. It can be used to help with neck or shoulder tension, or just because it feels good. Quick and easy to apply, the Peppermint Halo will quickly become your new favourite wellness tool.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts contain magnesium and sulfate, which, when used properly, can be absorbed by the body to help reduce inflammation, flush toxins, and improve circulation. How to use : Mix 2 cups (500ml) of Epsom Salts into bath water. Enjoy! Other uses : Mix ¼ cup coconut oil with 2 tbsp Epsom salts and enjoy this body scrub!

Acuball

Easy to use and super portable, the acuball comes in two sizes. The regular is best for larger muscle groups while the mini is great for smaller muscle groups like the hands, feet and upper back. This tool helps to relieve tension, relax muscles and stimulate blood flow and anyone can use it. We love rolling our feet after a long day and keep one in the car! Alternatives : A tennis or lacrosse ball will work well too.

The Hook Also known as the Backnobber, Body Back Buddy, or Thera Cane hook style massage tools are a favourite. The Body Back Buddy combines the Backnobber and Thera Cane into one tool with handles on opposite ends. Place the ‘knob’ on sore and tight muscles or a trigger point and apply a firm, comfortable amount of pressure. Hold until you feel the muscle release 30 seconds to several minutes. These tools are best used on neck, shoulder and upper back muscles.

Foam Roller  and Tiger Tail 

The foam roller and tiger tail can hurt, but they REALLY work! The foam roller is a versatile tool that is great for selfmassage but can also be used to help stretch and strengthen the body. Use it all over the body from rolling feet to massaging IT bands to working out knots in the upper back. You won’t be disappointed with this one! The tiger tail is a handheld tool that works wonders on the legs. Use it yourself or have a friend help out. It’s portable and can fit comfortably in a carry on. Can you tell we’re obsessed? While we swear by both of these options, a rolling pin or bottle of wine also do the trick!

Remember, be good to yourself! You’ve only got one body.

Click here to book your next massage, or give us a call at 416-516-0909 and let us give you a helping hand. Members and full time students get 15% off.

Carrie Doyle, RMT.

Carrie Doyle, RMT.

Philip Tith, RMT

Philip Tith, RMT

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Jamie Crosby, RMT

Amanda Stokes, Thai Massage and Reiki

Amanda Stokes, Thai Massage and Reiki