Relieve your Stress Away with a Hot Stone Massage
Hot stones massage is a type of massage therapy that uses heated stones to help relax muscles for a more thorough and therapeutic massage experience. The stones used are usually smooth-surfaced basalt stones that are dark grey in color. Basalt is rich in iron which helps to absorb heat during a massage.
The heated basalt stones are placed on the strategic points of the body (like the spine), complemented with massage oils to allow therapists to easily apply pressure on the muscles. Hot stones may also be exchanged with cold stones to soothe tired muscles. In some cases, both hot and cold stones are combined with a deep tissue massage to create an invigorating massage treatment. The warms stones creates a soothing sensation to the nervous system while the cold stones wakes it up again.
Hot Stone Massage Benefits
- Relaxes tense muscles
- Soothes stiff joints
- Relieves mental stress and tension
- Increases circulation
- Alleviates menstrual cramps
- Recommended for those with fibromyalgia
Check with your Doctor
If you’re pregnant or have injuries, you need to consult first with your doctor to ensure that a hot stone massage is good for you.
Before starting with the treatment, inform your therapist about any medical conditions that you may have. Your therapist will take into account your medical history when choosing the appropriate stones and technique for you. Also, tell your therapist if you think that the stones are too warm. You’ll enjoy it even more if you feel comfortable.