Five benefits of hot stone massage therapy
Some people may turn to a hot stone massage as a way of relaxing after a stressful or tense time.
A massage therapist uses different techniques to relax the long, skeletal muscles of the body. There are many movements that the therapist can use, such as long strokes , circular motions, tapping, and kneading.
In this article we look at a type of massage called a hot stone massage. We see how hot stone massage therapy is carried out, and what the possible benefits and risks are.
The stones used for a hot stone massage are placed in hot water to warm up before being applied. They are then placed onto specific areas of the body, such as:
- the back
- the stomach
- the face
- the hands
- the feet
Occasionally, cold stones can be used on the face or after the hot stones have been applied. Cold temperature helps to calm swollen blood vessels and soothe hot skin.In addition to deep relaxation, there are many benefits to having a hot stone massage. They include:
1. Pain relief
3. Increased joint flexibility
People with certain joint disorders may benefit particularly from hot stone massage.
4. Decreased muscle spasms and tension
Muscles that are tense and in spasm can cause a lot of pain and interfere with daily life. Reducing the inflammation and tension in the skeletal muscles eases both muscle spasms and pain.
5. Better sleep
Many people do not sleep well. Factors such as stress, insomnia, and busy schedules mean they get much less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
To get the best out of a hot stone massage, it is important for people to be open with their massage therapist.