The moment you hear the term “hot stone massage”, few questions immediately come to mind. How do stones and massage go together? How is it possible to use stones for a massage? Well, though it sounds surprising, it is possible to impart massage using smooth heated stones, and this is exactly the way a hot stone massage works. Usually, a hot stone massage combines massage using heated stones and oil that melts away tension and stress from the body. It warms up tight muscles and eases muscle tension, stiffness and improves circulation.
Hot stone massage is a speciality massage that can only be provided by expert massage therapists. When muscles are extremely tense, hot stone massage provides better results compared to other forms of massage. In this massage, heat from stones directly penetrates into the muscles thus allowing them to loosen up. A licensed massage therapist usually uses smooth river rocks or basalt rocks to provide this massage. These rocks are heated in a water bath to a uniform temperature and placed on specific points of the body. These heated stones create soothing pressure on tense points of the body. Sometimes, heated stones are also used to massage the body by applying steady pressure. The points where stones are placed will depend on your health history and areas of body facing muscle tension.
Hot stone massage therapy has been around for more than 2000 years. Stones are usually placed on sides of spine, on legs, hands and abdomen as well as in palms. Smaller size stones are used for face, forehead and toes. During hot stone therapy, the stone will never be uncomfortably hot. So, if you feel that the stone is too hot, you should let your therapist know immediately. The heat of stones is used to directly work on the deeper body tissues.There are several benefits of hot stone massage therapy including –
- Relief from back pain
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Relief from muscle tension
- Curing insomnia and depression
- Relieving muscle tension and pain
- Promotes sleep and relaxation
- Helps relieve symptoms of auto-immune diseases
- Boosts immunity of body
Hot stone massage is a perfect way to relax your mind and body.
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