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Soothing affected areas Even after your cool down, you may still feel tired from your workout. By topically massaging essential oils with warming or cooling properties to areas like the legs, feet, arms, shoulders, back, and neck, you can provide soothing comfort to muscles after physical activity. Not only will these types of oils provide a soothing sensation on the surface, but their benefits can continue for several hours after application. Massage In addition to simple topical application of essential oils and stretching, using essential oils for massage can help the body feel calm and soothed during the recovery process. Sometimes topical application of oils will be enough to soothe your tired muscles. Oftentimes you will need to massage certain areas of the body, especially after a particularly tough workout. For many athletes, massage is a regular and vital part of post-workout recovery. Essential oils have been used in massage therapy for centuries and can enhance your massage experience, especially when you use massage for post-workout recovery. In addition to making a massage more smooth and comfortable, essential oils also allow the user to enjoy a lovely aroma during their massage that can help promote feelings of relaxation and comfort, and balance the emotions. We have established that some essential oils have chemical components that make them useful for soothing and calming the muscles when applied topically. Likewise, some essential oils have soothing and calming aromas that can put the mind and body at ease. This adds an extra layer of relaxation to your massage—further helping your brain and body calm down after a vigorous workout.