Written by Mélanie Doiron


What do you do when you’re not feeling a 100%? There are so many different things we can do to be proactive and take care of our own body before our aches and pains get out of control. Everybody has their own homemade remedies and tricks that they love to share with others. Here are a few of the things I enjoy doing for self care:




Feeling tired or stressed? If moisturizing your body is something you already do, why not take it a step further and learn how to give yourself a soothing massage with warm oil? The Ayurvedic abhyanga self massage is a luxurious treat considered a must for health and longevity. Learn how to do it and the great benefits to your entire body and mind in this step-by-step instructional video:




Yoga Therapy:


Yoga therapy is a great way to prevent our regular aches from coming back. Do it when you feel the first signs of that old sciatica, or when your lower back is acting up...


As Judith Hanson Lasater says, yoga therapy is “the use of the techniques of yoga to create, stimulate, and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.


Here are two beginner videos from David Procyshyn, one of my favorite yoga teachers online:


Yoga for sciatica relief:



Hatha yoga therapy for the lower back:



Restorative yoga:


You feel like you might be catching something? You feel stressed, congested or stuffy? Exercise is probably the last thing on your mind right now, but you know there must be something you can do to help...Why don’t you try restorative yoga? The only effort needed is to set up your props comfortably. And then all you have to do is relax...and let the poses do the work for you! The following restorative yoga session with Dr. Melissa West is truly great. It is my go-to class when I feel the first signs of a cold. Try it!



Detoxifying bath:


Your muscles are hurting? You need a massage but you just can’t find the time or the budget to fit it in your schedule? Allow yourself a treat with a detoxifying bath! Epsom salts, baking soda, sea salts and apple cider vinegar will work together to help pull toxins from your skin and to relax your sore muscles.