Everything You Need To Know Before Booking A Hot Stone Massage
Have you been looking around, wondering which type of massage is right for you?
Perchance, have you heard of hot stone massage and been curious about what it can do for your mind and body?
The good news is that in this guide, we’ll explain exactly that!
Even better, is that you can skip the reading part and just book yourself right in by clicking here and choosing your nearest location.
What Is A Hot Stone Massage?
Hot stone massage involves the use of smooth, flat stones, usually made from basalt, on the body during a massage treatment.
Basalt is a type of volcanic rock known for being great at keeping heat, and the stones are usually heated to between 48 degrees Celsius and 54 degrees celsius, or they may also be used chilled during the process to soothe the skin.
Throughout your treatment, the stones are placed on various parts of the body, such as:
- Feet and toes
- Along the spine
- Palms of the hands
The stones are also used as a tool by your massage therapist to work away the tension in your body. Therapists can use the stones as well as their hands and arms to knead and massage the body and help you feel better.
Additionally, this treatment is extremely effective in relieving muscle pain and tension, stress, and insomnia.
What Makes Hot Stone Massage Different?
A lot of the massage strokes used in Hot Stone Massage are actually the same as those used in Swedish Massage, but the sensation of the warm stones makes a big difference!
The extra heat means that this type of massage might feel a little more restorative, and it is definitely a good choice if you are experiencing aches and pains as the heat will increase blood flow to those problem areas, encouraging tissue to repair itself that bit faster.
The heat also makes this type of massage a particularly good option if you’re feeling a bit frazzled or stressed out - it will help those stubbornly tense muscles to relax with more ease.
Is It Safe?
Yes. It’s an ancient practice, used to heal and restore tired bodies throughout the centuries.
There is written evidence to suggest that the Chinese were using heated stones more than 2000 years ago, and this form of massage also has ties with ancient beliefs about the healing properties of certain stones.
Whether you are sensitive to these kinds of beliefs or not, hot stone massage has an impressive historical precedent. It has to be special to have survived in human culture for so long, and the only way to discover it for yourself is to try a hot stone massage.
Hot stone massage is recommended for aches and pains that may specifically be caused by stress.
It’s also particularly good at helping you get a night of better sleep.