With the gymnastics competition season in full swing, we asked Tisserand Aromatherapy sponsored Gymnast, Sophie Scott, how she looks after her wellbeing and stays at the top of her game.
Hi, I’m Sophie Scott and at 17 years old I’m currently studying for my A-levels, and I’m also a high-level gymnast training 25 hours a week. I’m focused on working hard to do well in my A-levels, as well as training for the British gymnastic championships next March. Combining both is tricky so I’m trying to prepare ahead and make sure I’m in tip-top condition, both physically and mentally, otherwise I know I could burn out and struggle to reach my goals.
As I’ve grown older I’ve come to realise how important sleep is to maintain my lifestyle and keep myself in good condition. After a strenuous training session my body has precious time to recover and repair itself especially while I am asleep – so I try to maintain a relaxing evening routine to make sure I get a good night’s sleep. I often study late at night after my training sessions, so my mind can still be whirring when I finally get into bed. Thankfully, this is where Tisserand Aromatherapy helps with my self-care, relaxation and sleep routine.
After training, I take a bath with Muscle Ease bath oil, which helps to reduce muscle fatigue. A quick massage (usually by my mum) using Muscle Ease Massage & Body Oil helps to target any areas of tension and knots. Afterwards, I have a quick reboot with a high protein meal and then I’m ready to start my school work. To keep focused on my studies, I use the Aroma Spa Diffuser with different combinations of essential oils depending on my mood. One of my favourites is the citrus combination of Lemon, Orange and May Chang.
The stress of my lifestyle often causes my skin to breakout with spots, so I use Tea Tree & Aloe Foaming face wash and the Skin Rescue Stick to nip them in the bud. I also moisture every day with Neroli & Sandalwood Body Lotion, which helps to hydrate my skin after a day spent in the gym where I end up covered in chalk.
Nutrition is also important, and I try to get a balance of protein and vegetables, along with complex carbohydrates. Of course, every teenager needs friends and a social life, which I take equally as seriously – I enjoy meeting my friends, going for meals and just hanging out.
The competition season starts now with the club championships, followed by the regional championships and then the British team Championships; all three of which I’m hoping to compete in and look forward to telling you about my journey.
Love, Sophie x