Hot stone massage uses soothing oils, hot marble stones to relax your muscles, allowing for a deeper and more intense all-over massage.
In hot stone therapy, your therapist applies smooth, heated stones to key points on your body. This direct heat relaxes your muscles, which means that the massage itself is more effective and intense than it would be otherwise. The size of the stones varies, according to which part of the body your therapist is treating.
What is hot stone massage good for?
It is generally accepted that alternating treatments of warmth and cold are beneficial, and help to soothe an aching body.There’s a method behind the apparent madness of leaping from a toasty sauna into an icy pool: hot stone therapy uses the same principle. Heat expands the blood vessels, cold constricts them.
The combination of relaxing warmth and refreshing coolness is thought to encourage the body to detox and heal, increasing lymph flow and helping to flush out waste. With the addition of heat, your body becomes relaxed in a much shorter space of time, and your therapist can focus on a deep working of the tissues using both the stones and her hand strokes.
The stones are coated in fragrant oil to increase your sense of relaxation and calm. Oil is smoothed gently onto your body, and each stone in turn is worked by your therapist’s hands.
Hot stone massage can:
- boost your circulation
- release stored tension
- recharge your energy levels
- relax you.
Hot stone massage is said to have health benefits for people with:
- muscular pain
- poor circulation
- rheumatic and arthritic conditions
- back pain
Don’t be afraid to tell your therapist if the stones are too warm for you. You’ll relax much more quickly and start enjoying that delicious feeling of total well-being if you’re comfortable.