What is a Hot Stones Massage?
A therapeutic full body massage using aromatherapy oils and warm volcanic stones to relieve deep muscle tension. The warmth of the stones penetrates your muscles to soothe aches and pains; helping you to unwind and your body to feel rejuvenated. This experience will nurture and uplift you, literally melting away the tension. Cold stones can also be incorporated; the idea of combining warmth and refreshing coolness is that it encourages your body to detox and heal, increasing lymph flow helping to flush out waste.
The stones are used on specific acupressure points around the body to stimulate the body’s chakras as well as key physiological points around the body, aligning the mind and spirit through the massage. Heat relaxes your body in a short space of time, working 4 times deeper than a traditional massage.
Benefits to a Hot Stones Massage
A Hot Stone Massage doesn’t only reduce muscle tension and promote deep relaxation; it will also improve circulation, alleviate pain and help the body to get rid of toxins. In addition, it reduces stress and increases calmness, recharging your energy levels. This Hot Stone therapy is known to have health benefits for people suffering from, muscular pain, poor circulation, Rheumatic and Arthritic conditions, Fibromyalgia, back pain, stress, insomnia, depression, Osteoarthritis. The hot Stones can work your muscles the same as a deep tissue massage but by using lighter pressure, therefore suitable for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. Overall this massage is designed to help you feel pampered, nurtured and special, triggering a blissful meditative state.
What to expect from a Hot Stones Massage
A Hot Stone massage begins with classic massage techniques to prepare the body’s muscle tissue. I would then place a row of hot stones on the table and cover them with a towel. You would lie down on the table so that the stones are aligned with the muscles running alongside your spine. I then use a variety of classic massage strokes and techniques to the legs, arms, abdomen, back, neck and shoulders gliding oiled warm stones as an extension of my hands. You will be unlikely to feel the intensity, since your muscles will be relaxed by the heat of the stones. Warm stones will also be placed between your toes, in the palms of your hands, sole of your feet, your back and on your forehead. The length of a typical hot stone massage is between 60 and 90 minutes.
Who should not receive a Hot Stone Massage?
This treatment is not recommended for everyone. People with serious muscle injuries should ask their doctors before receiving a hot stone massage, as it might aggravate the existing injury. Other concerns include people with skin rashes or open wounds and if you are pregnant or have had recent chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Lastly, remember that the stones should be hot, but should not burn. If you find that you are feeling uncomfortable with the treatment, for any reason, please tell me immediately.
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