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Tired legs: make time for massage

Summer heat affects our whole body, but often it's our legs that suffer most.

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12 JULY 2010

There's nothing like taking long walks on the beach, either wading the shallow salt-water or on the sand, to relax and tone your legs. But when the heat rises and you aren't by the sea, you'll probably notice that your legs start to suffer. As well as putting your legs up when you get home, another good way to help relax the muscles and alleviate tiredness is to try a leg massage at the end of the day. Take note of these two options:

Skin softening.
Sometimes the summer heat dries the skin, making it so rough that ordinary moisturising creams are not enough: not only are your legs tired, but they feel dry and itchy. In such cases, a massage with essential oils can help to leave your skin feeling like silk. If this is the problem, we rcommend jojoba, rosemary, eucalyptus and pine oils. The massage should be carried out exerting light pressure with the palms, and with small, circular movements along the entire leg.

Farewell heaviness.
By the end of the day, your legs are the part of the body most affected by poor circulation. Putting your feet up will help, but so will a pampering massage. To give your legs a sense of well-being, using cypress, parsley, lemon or  rose oils, massage from ankle to thigh very lightly, without applying pressure.

When using essential oils, you might also want to explore the benefits of aromatherapy, which is another excellent relaxation technique.

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