Naturopathica Serves Up An Ace
In the spirit of Wimbledon, I’ve been playing more tennis on the courts near my apartment. While I won’t be breaking records like Serena Williams anytime soon (13 Grand Slam singles titles!), I have been dealing with some pro-muscle soreness. To soothe the aches and pains, I’ve been taking lots of steamy showers and liberally applying Naturopathica’s Arnica Muscle Gel, a minty wonder from the Eco-certified holistic skin and body care range created by natural beauty pioneer Barbara Close (cousin of Glenn). The gel contains an organic blend of arnica, cooling menthol, and body-repairing magnesium to help dissolve stiffness in overworked muscles. It functions a bit like Bengay, but unlike that thick sports cream, this has a lightweight texture that absorbs easily without leaving a sticky residue or toothpaste-like aroma on your skin. I like to rub it into my quads, calves, and forearms, and then beg my fiancé to do my back and shoulders. If you don’t have an S.O. or personal trainer to take on those duties, treat yourself to the Body Melt Back Therapy service at Naturopathica’s Holistic Health Spa in East Hampton. An aesthetician works generous amounts of Arnica Muscle Gel into sore spots, using various massage techniques and warm towels to release tension and undo knots before finishing up with an added bonus scalp massage.