Ladies, why not pamper yourselves – put it on your wish-list – with a hot stone massage, as all massages generally fall under the alternative medicine umbrella, but the hot stone massage, which has become a popular complementary therapy, is something different to experience.
Hot Stone Massage
I am going to re-introduce this – free of charge – not as a stand-alone therapy – into my 2 hour massage sessions to get the benefit of both worlds,, as a massage is really a gift for women .
There are many ways to perform a hot stone massage, and I will employ every one of them – just close your eyes and enjoy.
There are many health benefits of a hot stone massage,
and I will explain some of them.
Heat has been used to ease muscle tension and pain. It helps increase blood flow to the affected area.
It also reduces muscle spasms and increases flexibility and range of motion.
Cold therapy helps relive inflammation, and depending on your symptoms, alternating hot and cold stones during your massage will be helpful.
It reduces stress and anxiety, and a 10 minute massage improves cardiovascular response.
People who underwent abdominal colorectal surgery will have less pain, tension, and anxiety after receiving post-operative massage.
A back massage helps promote relaxation and sleep.
Infants with sleep problems who were given a 15 minute massage by their parents went to sleep faster.
They will also be more alert, active, and positive upon awakening.
Massage helps you to enjoy more restorative sleep.
Hot stone massage will relieve painful condition such as fibromyalgia, a condition that causes widespread, chronic pain.
May help decrease cancer symptoms, and a 3 year study examined how massage affected pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression in people with cancer.
The study showed massage, especially Swedish massage, improved cancer symptoms – the comforting use of human touch played a vital role.
Massage gives your immune system a boost, and we certainly need this in our current times.
Massage therapy, especially the hot stone one, can be an amazing experience.
Whether you are looking for a way to relax at the end of a long week, hoping to help an injury recover a little more quickly or trying to find spiritual balance in your bust life, taking time to treat yourself to a massage can be very beneficial.
Unlike traditional massages that utilize a massage therapist’s hands and tools, hot stone massages utilize Basalt river rocks to apply heat to specific areas of tissue and act as an extension of the therapist’s hands.
Basalt rocks are preferred for their smoothness and their ability to retain heat.
Although the benefits from hot stone massages can be excellent and numerous, you should first consult your healthcare provider before booking an appointment.
If you have a history of medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, epilepsy and more, a discussion with your doctor before getting a hot stone massage would be in your best interests.
Some information about the history of hot stone massage.
Although some massage therapists and clients may consider hot stone massage to be simply fashionable, the use of stones for healing purposes dates back thousands of years.
Chinese used heated stones more than 2000 years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs .
Stones were also used for healing work in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India.
The healing practices of healers and other female caregivers often included dealing with disease as well as pregnancy and childbirth.
These healers used heated stones to diminish the discomfort of menstruation, plus the application of cold stones to slow bleeding after labor.
Ancient Greek and Roman cultures have a long recorded history of hot and cold stones.
The Roman Empire, which dates from 37 B.C. to 476 A.D. is noted for its creation of the Roman baths.
This ancient tradition is still with us today in the form of modern hydrotherapy practices.
The Romans also used stones in saunas and combined the effects of hot immersion baths with the cooling effect of marble stone and cool pools.
The use of heated stones in massage was reborn with the introduction of LaStone Therapy, and has blossomed since into a multimillion dollar industry.
Stone massage, done correctly, is one of the most relaxing forms of massage a person can receive.
The full-body, hot stone massage, has evolved to include deep-tissue-specific work, hot stone facials, and hot stone meridian therapy.
Because of their incredible energy, stones are used in reiki, polarity therapy, and cranial sacral work.
There are many therapists who use their own variations of stone massage, from just placing stones on the body, to a deep-tissue massage.
Two important safety factors, however, apply to all users of hot stones in massage therapy.
1. Never place a hot stone on bare skin without moving it.
Always use a barrier, such as a specific textile product designed for stone placement, or at least a sheet or towel to protect the skin.
2. Always use a professional heating appliance manufactured specifically for spas, chiropractor’s offices and massage-therapy treatment rooms, and not kitchen appliances, which may make the stones too hot.