Everything you need to know about a hot stones massage
Massage is a wonderful way to relax and ease tension in your body. It can also help to heal damaged muscles and tissue while being an excellent way to take care of yourself.
But with so many forms of massage out there, it can be hard to know which might be best for you. A hot stones massage is one of the most popular techniques around, but if you have not heard of it, we are here to introduce you to this incredible massage technique.
What is a hot stones massage?
A hot stones massage is a form of massage therapy in which a massage therapist uses smooth and flat basalt stones that have been heated and places them on various parts of your body. The volcanic rock is especially good at retaining heat and the stones will be heated to up to 145 degrees. Your massage therapist may discuss your problem areas ahead of time and the stones might be placed on your stomach, chest, spine, face, palms, or feet.
During the massage, your therapist will use Swedish techniques as they massage you, with long strokes, circular motions, kneading and more to help to relieve your tension and ensure you get the most from your massage.
Benefits of hot stones massage
There are many known benefits of having a hot stones massage. This technique is especially good at helping to relieve tension in your body and can reduce the level of stress you are holding in your tissue. In turn, this can also help to relieve any feelings of anxiety you are carrying, as your massage will be carried out in a calm, relaxing environment. Aside from environmental factors, the physical process of a massage has been shown to relieve anxiety.
It can also help you to sleep better, and can also promote alertness during your waking hours.
A hot stones massage is also known to help you with blood flow. When your blood flow is improved, this can help you to feel more healthy overall, easing pain and tension carried in your muscles and deep tissue. In some cases, hot and cold stones may be used in an alternating pattern to reduce inflammation, further easing physical pain.
While a hot stones massage may be suitable for most people, there are some precautions you should take to make sure that this massage is safe and healthy for you. You should consult a doctor before seeking out a hot stones massage, and discuss the process with a qualified and experienced massage therapist if you have any of the following conditions:
- You have open wounds or burns on the skin surface
- You are pregnant
- You have had blood clots in the past
- You have recently had any kind of surgery
- You have fragile bones (osteoporosis)
- You have diabetes
- You are taking blood thinners or suffer from a blood-thinning disorder
A massage therapist will always be open to discussing whether a hot stones massage (or any other form of massage) is right for you, and will be happy to explain the process to you so that you can enjoy a safe experience.
A hot stones massage is a good way to promote a sense of wellbeing and improve relaxation. The method used is effective in easing muscle aches and pains. While you may feel sore in the day following your hot stones massage, this is simply an indication of the positive effects that this form of massage provides when your deep tissue is worked on.
When carried out by a qualified and experienced massage therapist, a hot stones massage can be extremely beneficial and enjoyable.
To learn more about this unique form of massage, contact our team today.