Hot Stone Therapy
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, but they can be other types. The heat is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release.
What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?
* Before you arrive, the massage therapist sanitizes the stones (very important!) and heats them in 120 to 150 degree water.
* During the massage, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage, then massages you while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another.
* The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.
* If you have inflammation or muscle injury, cold stones are sometimes used.
Cold stone massage provides stress relief and helps the body to relax. It also helps the mind let go of anxiety and trauma. A cold stone massage is helpful for sporting injuries, swelling and inflammation. It will help to calm the body with the cool stones coupled with the soothing impact of human touch.
Stone massage is an ancient art that is now in vogue again. Certain patients should avoid this type of massage, however, including anyone with a heart ailment, skin that is easily inflamed or sensitivity to cold temperatures. These potential massage clients should check with their doctor before undergoing a cold stone massage.
Smooth marble stones are often used for this therapy. A cold stone massage may help to alleviate anxiety, and when placed on the body, the marble stones help the mind focus on the body rather than dwell on mental stress.
Soothe Sinus Problems
Sinus problems may be soothed with cold stone massage. The stones are placed on top of a cloth placed over the face to protect the skin. The cold temperature of the stones may work to alleviate nasal swelling and reduce sinus congestion.
Ease Menstrual Symptoms
Menstrual pain and bloating may be calmed with a cold stone massage. Cold stones placed in the abdominal area will help draw swelling away from the uterus and thus may help lessen menstrual discomfort.
A cold stone massage may help to improve circulation. Cold marble stones placed at strategic locations on the body may work to improve the overall circulation of the body. A cold stone massage may also work to reduce high blood pressure as well.
Treat Sports Injuries
Sports injuries, such as tendinitis, may benefit from treatment with cold stone massage. Cryotherapy (cold therapy) soothes inflammation of muscles and joints by radiating through the pained area and reducing swelling.
Revitalize Energy Levels
Energy levels may be revitalized after a cold stone massage. The cool stones, which hold and radiate temperature well, help contract the muscles, alleviate bloating and boost energy levels throughout the body.