Whether you are looking to take a break and relax or are in need of healing your tired and sore muscles adding hot stones to your next massage will bring added relaxation and rejuvenation to your mind and body.
Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client’s body of to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels.
Contrary to popular belief, the stones do not prevent the massage therapist from being able to do specific therapeutic massage work during the session. The stones can be used to warm up the body’s soft tissue in preparation for deeper massage work or they can function as an extension of the therapist’s hands during the entire massage. This serves as a tool for trigger point therapy and other pain relief techniques.
The deep penetrating heat of the stones relaxes and unwinds soft tissue right down to the bones allowing for easy release of tension and bound up muscles. The heat of the stones is great for joint pain,achy feet, stiffness and sore muscles.
Hot Stone Massage Benefits
- increased circulation
- supports effective deep tissue therapy
- relief from joint pain and stiffness
- great for soothing achy feet, back ache and neck aches
- improves flexibility and range of motion
- great for cold hands and feet
- supports stretching during and after massage by warming up the muscles
- helps with restless leg syndrome
- provides deep relaxation
- good for insomnia
- very grounding and comforting
Hot Stone Massage offers all of the benefits of therapeutic massage combined with the healing benefits of heat applied to the body. The combination of the two is truly relaxing and nurturing.
A cold week like this one might be the perfect opportunity for you to change up your massage routine and try out a hot stone massage with Sheri. Click here to book yours!
As wonderful as hot stone massages are for most clients, there are a few times we don’t advise them including for clients who are pregnant, clients who have burns, skin conditions or are undergoing radiation. People with fragile thin skin or who are diabetic, paralyzed or otherwise unable to sense heat are also not good candidates for a hot stone massage and would benefit more from a traditional session.
Written By: Cayla Zahn