Five Benefits of hot stone massage therapy

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 feetOccasionally, cold stones can be used on the face or after the hot stones have been applied. The 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

    Several studies, including on fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis, have linked moderate massage techniques with lessening pain, and improving range of motion.

    2. Stress relief

    Massage is an effective method for stress relief. Several studies have shown that massage reduces stress and anxiety and improves cardiovascular health.

    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.