A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that uses smooth, heated stones combined with traditional massage techniques—such as the Swedish massage. The massage therapist places hot stones on specific parts of your body and uses them to give you the massage. The stones’ weight and heat warm and relax muscles, helping the massage therapist apply deeper pressure without causing too much pain.
Basalt river stones are often used in hot stone massage therapy because of their smoothness, non-porosity, and ability to maintain heat longer than any other kind of stone. Furthermore, these stones are available in several sizes. The hot stones can be placed on several parts of your body like your back, chest, stomach, face, hands, and feet.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massages are commonly characterized as calming and stimulating. The warmth soothes and relaxes muscles, allowing the massage therapist to work deeper, using less pressure. Muscle spasms, discomfort, and stress are relieved, and muscle relaxation is improved. Other benefits include the stimulation of blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
Massages relieve stress and anxiety, promote better sleep, and provide you with a sense of overall well being. Heat is known to ease muscle tension and promote blood flow to the area you apply it. The combination of the heat, the stones’ weight, and the massage is an incredibly relaxing experience.
What to Expect
Depending on your areas of interest and health history, the massage therapists target those areas by placing the stones. The stones are usually placed on the hand’s palms, the sides of the spine, the legs, feet, and the abdomen. Smaller stones are placed on the forehead and fingers. It takes a little while for the heat to penetrate your muscles, so you’ll feel the soothing warmth for some time.
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