What’s Hot Stone Massage?
It’s one of the many massage styles where the therapist places smooth, flat heated stones on critical points in your body including the face, stomach, back, hands and feet. The therapist heats volcanic rock types called basalt chosen for the ability to retain heat in the water to between 110°F and 130°F.
Origin of Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage therapy traces its descent from China where they had already started practicing more than 2000 years ago. It would later spread to other regions such as Egypt, America, and Africa.
What to expect in a hot stone massage
A hot stone massage is not different from other styles except that this time your therapist will be using stones. The therapist will first apply oil on your body and then place hot stones at strategic points on your body. He/she will hold the stone in the palms and start gliding them over in Swedish massage circular movements, long strokes, kneading, tapping and vibration while applying some pressure that reaches down your muscles.
Getting the most out of your hot stone massage
• Eat lightly before the session
• Stay hydrated before and after
• Notify your therapist when the stones are too hot, or the pressure is intense
• Visit a professional licensed massage therapist
Health benefits of hot stone massage
Muscle tension and pain reliever – the heat from the hot stones penetrate down to the muscles easing your tensed and painful muscles. Studies have proven that it provides relief for the pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia.
Relieves stress and anxiety – any style of massage hot stone included is stress and anxiety reliever. That result is improved cardiovascular health.
Increases joint flexibility – muscle tension impacts the joint movement negatively. A hot stone massage can help your muscles relax, remove the inflammation and tension in the skeletal muscles.
Helps you sleep better – work pressure may exact lots of pressure on you and sleep may be eluding you. Hot stone massage will get you relaxed and fight off that insomnia.
Who Shouldn’t Have a Hot Stone Massage?
Despite the benefits, this type of massage is not suitable for everyone. Avoid a hot stone massage if you;
• Battling a heart disease
• Have an infection or an illness
• Suffering from diabetes
• Under the influence of alcohol or substance
• Are pregnant
You’re a missing out on a lot if you haven’t tried a hot stone massage. If you’re healthy, book a session and relieve your muscle pain, stress and improve the movement of your joints.