Everything You Need To Know Before Booking A Hot Stone Massage
What Is A Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone Massage involves using 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.
Hot stone massage is most effective as a treatment for muscle pain and tension, stress, and insomnia.
Read on to find out more about how hot stone massage might be the treatment you are looking for…
What Makes Hot Stone Massage Different?
A lot of the massage strokes used in Hot Stone Massage are 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 hot stone massage a particularly good option for those who are feeling a bit frazzled and stressed out - it will help those stubbornly tense muscles to relax with a little more ease.
Is Hot Stone Massage 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.
What Are the Benefits of Hot Stone Massage?
Hot stone massage is recommended for aches and pains that may specifically be caused by stress. It shares movements with Swedish massage, but the focus here is relaxation as much as muscle care.
Hot stone massage is also associated with promoting better sleep. A 2013 study found that massage was more effective than sedative hypnotic drugs (and with far less side effects) at helping elderly patients deal with insomnia.
If you are experiencing aches or tension, but you also feel as though you need help relaxing and finding a bit of peace during your session, then you might choose to have a hot stone massage.