If you are looking for an incredibly relaxing treatment, it’s worth looking into a hot stone massage. Hot stone massages use flat, smooth basalt stones. These are heated and positioned along your spine, along your legs, between the toes, and on the palms of your hands. These are sometimes used with cold marble stones, which can help to detox the body.
How Does a Hot Stone Massage Work?
The stones will be heated until they reach the perfect temperature while you will enjoy a traditional massage to relax you and prepare your muscles. Then, the spa therapist will place warm stones on the key areas we mentioned above. This helps to further relax your muscles.
You will then receive a deep massage on your neck, back, arms, and legs, with and without the stones, using massage oil. You will come away feeling deeply relaxed.
What Are the Benefits?
There are several benefits to hot stone massage. The cold and hot stones encourage detoxification, helping you to feel healthier.
Hot stone massage can also:
- Aid pain relief, especially if you suffer from achy muscles
- Aid muscle relaxation
- Encourage better sleep
- Improve joint flexibility
- Calm the nervous system
- Improve back pain and pain from fibromyalgia
There are mental health benefits, too. Not only does a hot stone massage give you the opportunity to truly switch off from your responsibilities and help you to relax, but massage can relieve some symptoms of depression and promote feelings of connection too. It can help you feel connected to your body, which is essential, especially if you spend a lot of time on screens or working virtually.
Who Can Get a Hot Stone Massage?
Many people can enjoy the benefits of a hot-stone massage, but there are a few people who should avoid it, including those with high blood pressure or diabetes. There are also certain health conditions that may cause you to be unsuitable for hot stone massages. You should also avoid it if you take blood-thinning medication or if you are pregnant.
Your therapist will talk you through all this before you start, so feel free to ask questions if you’re not sure.
Is There Anything I Need to Do Afterwards?
There’s not much that you need to do afterwards. Ideally, you should avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours following your massage to give your muscles a chance to relax and recover fully. You should also drink lots of water as it can help your body with detoxification.
How Often Can I Get a Hot Stone Massage?
If you suffer from a particular type of pain, a weekly hot stone massage could be of great benefit. If not, a monthly massage will make a great treat and will give you a bit of ‘me time’ to look forward to!