We’ve Always Been Drawn to Hot Stone Massage
Hot stones have a rich history around the world. Our relationship to stones as a source of comfort and healing dates back thousands of years. It’s believed that the crystals in hot stones have healing properties which balance the Chi, Prana or energy flow of the body.
The Practical Benefits of Hot Stones
Today we know that hot stone massage enhances lymphatic drainage, increasing the rate at which toxins and waste products are removed from the body and enhancing immune function. Heat also acts as a vital ingredient to promote relaxation, melting away tightness in muscles, soothing the nervous system and opening the blood vessels. Through these effects, hot stone massage causes nutrients to be more readily transported around the body. The reason this massage is reputed to be so rejuvenating is because it literally speeds the cleansing and nourishing of your cells.
What Can I Expect from a Hot Stone Massage ?
During a typical hot stone massage, the recipient is transported into a very deep state of relaxation – one of the major benefits we all seek from a massage or body treatment. Your therapist will use the heat of the stones to melt away muscle tension using various massage and placement techniques. The stones are incorporated into a relaxing massage sequence. Very little pressure is used with the hot stones, as it’s their heat which does all the work.
Hot Stones help Maintain your Health
Through the every-day stresses of modern life, we can become tense, feel sluggish and ‘frazzled’. Hot stone massage combats stress by relaxing muscles and opening blood vessels, helping you to look younger and function at your best.
Please avoid this massage if you suffer from any of the following :
- Heart conditions
- Vascular disorders
- Acute inflammation
- Acute infection
- Acne, inflammatory skin conditions and broken skin
- Infectious diseases
- Those who’ve had heat stroke or who don’t regulate body temperature well. This will generally include the elderly, young children and women in late pregnancy.
*If you are in any doubt about whether hot stone massage is right for you, be sure to consult your doctor.