Hot stone therapy is ideal for people that are cold in nature or are still hesitant towards receiving a normal bodywork massage.
What to Expect from Hot Stone Therapy
When you go for a hot stone massage, you will undress and lay on a massage table as you would for a Swedish massage.
Special smooth river stones are normally used in hot stone therapy, which are made of basalt containing iron that allows them to retain heat for longer periods. These stones are placed in a container of water and heated to a predetermined temperature using an electric heater.
Once the stones reach the desired temperature, the licensed practitioner places them on specific areas which can be the back, arms, hands, legs, feet, etc. depending on what issues are being addressed.
Massage oils are applied to the skin and the heated stones are directed over the muscles by the licensed practitioner. As the heated stones warm and relax surrounding muscle tissue, the therapist applies more pressure for a deeper massage.
Hot Stone Massage Benefits
The initial benefit of hot stone massage is that the warmth of the hot stones improves the circulation of blood and soothes the nerves.
However, there are other health benefits attributed to hot stone therapy. These include relief from aches and pains, depression, anxiety, stress, osteoarthritis and arthritis. Typically, a hot stone massage lasts from an hour to an hour and a half.
Hot Stone Therapy Precautions
There are certain conditions under which people should avoid hot stone massage.
Those who have skin problems (rashes, open sores or wounds, disease, etc.), have recently undergone surgery or received radiation or chemotherapy treatment, are prone to forming blood clots, have rheumatoid arthritis, are pregnant, or have underlying tumors, fractures, bruises, or hernias should not receive hot stone therapy.
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