Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone therapy, also known as hot stone massage, is a specialized type of massage that uses smooth, flat, heated stones.
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The most commonly used are basalt stones from river beds because they are smooth due to the river’s current. They are also rich in iron, which retains heat better. Additionally, cold marble stones are used during treatment that helps in the detoxification and healing of the body.

A massage therapist positions the hot stones using anatomy as guide while others consider some points that are through to energetically balance the mind and body. Stones are placed on the specific points on your body, such as along the spine, in the palm of your hands, along your legs, and even between your toes as well as hold the stones while massage is done. Muscles get warmed and relaxed with the stones’ localized heat and weight. This allows the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure in the areas while the patient doesn’t feel any discomfort.

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During the hot stone therapy, stones are warmed in water to achieve a certain degree of temperature. Never ever use microwaves, ovens, hot plates or slow cookers to avoid burns. Swedish massage is used to prepare the muscles. The technique uses long strokes, kneading and rolling to help relax the muscles and release stress. People often found the technique to be comforting and deeply relaxing.

Your massage therapist will then place the warmed basalt stones on your body, especially on the key acupressure areas. The muscles in your body will become warmed and relaxed so deeper pressure can be applied during the massage. The massage therapy specialist will then massage your neck, back, arms and legs. The procedure can be done with or without the stone. Make sure to tell your massage therapist if the stone is too warm or the pressure is too strong.

Oftentimes, people describe hot stone therapy as comforting and relaxing. Those who feel chilly will experience soothing warmth during and after the massage. Although there is a lack of research pertaining to the treatment, preliminary studies have suggested that, in general, massage may provide numerous benefits to people, especially those with certain health conditions. The hot stone massage is often used by people for conditions, such as anxiety, back pain, depression, stress, poor circulation and insomnia. Among the many benefits of massage using hot stones include relaxing tense muscles, aiding pain relief, alleviating depression, promoting sleep, and improving circulation.

Although this type of massage is safe, there are instances when the treatment is not always for everyone. Hot stone therapy is not recommended for various conditions. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, varicose veins, heart disease, tumors, radiation therapy, recent chemotherapy, or surgery. If you suspect that you are pregnant, you should also inform your therapist ahead of the massage process.

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It is safe to perform hot stone therapy but it is not always right for everyone. Consult your doctor first if you have any medical conditions or are taking some medications. You may already want to have the massage but there are instances that you will be prohibited because it will keep you safe and avoid any complications later on. Better avoid it as early as possible than regret later on because you did not follow the advice.

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