What is Hot Stone Massage?
An ancient technique relieves the stress of modern living.
A hot stone massage is a specialty massage technique in which the massage therapist utilizes warmed stones to enhance the traditional benefits of massage.
The therapist places the stones on the client’s back at key locations.
Some practitioners place the stones in a geometric pattern; others position them on the chakras; others choose to put them on areas of tension or discomfort.
After allowing the heat to penetrate, the therapist will utilize the stones as extensions of the hands. The practitioner works on the back in a technique similar to a Swedish of deep tissue massage. The heat expands the blood vessels and relaxes the muscles. The hot stones are held in the therapist’s palms and allow them to work the tissue deeper than traditional massage methods.
The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage offers a deeper sense of relaxation and well-being than other methods, and it’s all thanks to the heat. The application of high-temperature stones results in widened blood vessels and increased blood flow which provide the following benefits:
- Improved Circulation – Heat opens up blood vessels. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, muscle tension, and buildup of lactic acid
- Muscle Relaxation – increased blood flow helps muscles heal, increases suppleness, and range of motion.
- Pain Relief – heat application relieves muscle and joint pain deeper in your tissue than traditional massage
- Mental Benefits – Hot stone massage melts away tension and anxiety
Because hot stone massage has a physiological effect on blood flow, individuals with certain health conditions such as pregnant women or those with high blood pressure should consult their doctor before getting a hot stone massage.