RA Spa Day!


I think it’s so important for us to unwind and unstress. For me, stress plays a huge part in flares or the absence thereof.

If finances were not an issue, I would get a massage everyday. I would get a facial every week. And I would sleep in a hammock on a tropical beach whilst being fanned by Channing Tatum in one of his Magic Mike get ups. Too explicit? Well, I didn’t specify which get up, did I? Because that’s between me and Channing.

At least once a week, I set aside time for an at home spa day. It’s quite simple, it’s FREE, and I can put on a movie so that Channing, Brad Pitt and James Franco can join me. Alas, never simultaneously. They’ve never done an ensemble piece.

Step one: take a long hot bath with Epsom salts. Great for the joints and for the psyche!

Step two: helloooo fluffy bath robe!

Step three: wash my face with my regular face wash.

Step four: Do a facial exfoliant. I prefer Clinique’s Seven Day Scrub cream that I usually steal from my mom’s Clinique bonus samples.

Step five: Make a piping hot cup of chamomile tea. Soak a clean washcloth in the tea, wring it out, and hold washcloth on my face to open my pores.

Step six: apply a deep cleaning mud mask. I use a $5 generic one I got at Target.

Step seven: sip the tea from step five while enjoying lounge time in fluffy robe from step two. (Variation of the five second rule…in theory, you used a clean washcloth earlier!)

Step eight: soak ankles or wrists in a bucket or pot of hot water with Epsom salts. This may be my favorite part- feels SO good on my joints.

Step nine: wipe off the mud mask

Step ten: crawl into bed, warm, peaceful and much comfier than you started.

Step eleven; fantastic dreams of Channing Tatum.

Give it a try: it’s very cheap and while it may sound silly, it is amazing!

12 responses »

  1. It’s too bad we all can’t have a personal masseuse (sp?) on staff. The last time I went for a massage, my friends even remarked on how much more easily I was moving afterward. The differences are that noticeable.

    I used to do a weekly self-spa like you describe, but I can no longer climb in and out of the bathtub. I’m remodeling my bathroom soon, though, and putting in a whirlpool tub and getting one of those bath lifts so I can get in and out with a bit of assistance. I can’t wait until I can resume my hot soaks, which do great things for the achy joints and sore muscles.

  2. Hi, I am a high school student doing research on arthritis and your blog is very nice! I love it! I was wondering what would happen if you didn’t have treatment for arthritis, what would happen?

    • I can’t even imagine what it would be like without meds. Even with the ones I’m on, I still have days where I have problems with joint pain, nausea and fatigue. I’m happy you’re doing research for your project: are you focusing on osteoarthritis or autoimmune arthritises?

      • Yeah, I have a friend who was diagnosed in fifth grade and I couldn’t imagine if the arthritis was untreated. Although, some facts I have found doing some research is that if arthritis goes untreated it can lead to people being work disabled two to three years after diagnosed. Also, it could lead to complete join loss. People like you guys are amazing! And I am focusing more on autoimmune arthritis!

      • That is correct. Without medication, many of us would be much more disabled. It is also systemic and affects organs. Downright scary to think about without meds! Good luck!

    • It always surprises me that people resist getting treatment. I know of two people who have arthritis symptoms, yet refuse to go to the doctor. I try to warn them that the earlier they start treatment, the more joint damage they’ll be able to prevent. I don’t think a lot of people realize just how bad it can get. They still think of arthritis as what they see on TV commercials, where Grandma takes a couple Tylenol, then goes to play football with the grandkids. They don’t know that there’s a lot more to it than that for many of us and that it can be completely debilitating.

      Good luck with your project!

      • Yeah, just keep reminding them that treatment will help and they will be thankful down the road if they start their treatment today! Some treatments are just as easy as taking medicine or getting a shot once a week! There are many websites that explain why treatment will help you! This website talks about 5 Potential Complications of Untreated Rheumatoid Arthritis, http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=153944 . Thank you so much!

  3. What a worthwhile project, AR. Amanda’s blog is an enjoyable read. Her journal entries help me with reinforcing that a sense of humor is key for RA (or any other hard-hitting bump in the road). As noted in her previous entry, it’s way too easy to slip into that “dark place” while facing an illness that will alter your life forever. AR, your family and friends must be very proud of you for learning and sharing more about your friend’s disease. You must be a very wise and loyal friend.

    • I’m learning more and more about arthritis as I research! Amanda’s blog has helped a lot as well, like you said! Thank you so much!

  4. Hi my name’s Kiran and I was diagnosed with RA when I was 11. I recently started a blog to help people understand RA better. I’m not a doctor so I won’t be able to tell you what medications are good or bad, but I will be discussing exercises, diets, and my experience with different treatments. No one should feel alone in this, especially a child.


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