The benefits of a hot stone massage

If you are on the lookout for new spa treatments then a hot stone massage is certainly something that you should consider adding to your list. This is a fantastic way of relaxing, and it can be very beneficial for a range of different conditions. 

If you would like to learn more about this massage therapy technique and just some of its benefits, then read on as we explore this increasingly popular spa treatment. 

How does a hot stone massage work?

A type of massage therapy,  a hot stone massage involves heated stones that are smooth and flat being placed on specific parts of the body. These stones are usually basalt which is a type of volcanic rock that is known for its ability to retain heat. These stones are heated to somewhere between 130 and 145 degrees. The stones can be placed on the following body points:

  • Along the spine
  • On the stomach 
  • On the chest
  • On the face 
  • On the palms
  • On the feet

Sometimes, the massage therapist might hold the heated stones whilst they use Swedish massage techniques on the body. 

The benefits 

There are many ways in which a hot stone massage can benefit someone. Some examples include:

Relieving muscle tension and pain 

For a long time, heat has been used as a means of easing muscle pain and tension. It can help by increasing blood flow to affected areas. It can also reduce muscle spasms whilst increasing flexibility and range of motion. It can often be alternated with cold therapy in order to help relieve inflammation as well, although this will depend on symptoms. 

Reducing anxiety and stress

It is a long held belief that all types of massage therapy can be an effective form of stress relief. Whether this is that the person having the hot stone massage is forced to relax by way of staying still or as a result of the massage itself, when stress is reduced, so is anxiety. 

Promoting better sleep 

Massage has been shown to be a suitable alternative to sleeping pills for adults with insomnia. Back massage can help promote sleep and relaxation and can assist in helping to fall asleep faster. Whilst the exact reasoning isn’t known, it is thought that massage helps a person enjoy more restorative sleep. 

Assisting in the relief of autoimmune disease symptoms

Hot stone massage can assist with painful medical conditions such as Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic, widespread pain. Studies carried out on the subject found that individuals with Fibromyalgia who had a 30-minute massage not only slept longer but also had fewer trigger points and exhibited decreased levels of pain than those with the condition who received other forms of therapy. Hot stone massage has also been shown to be very beneficial for those with a range of other conditions that affect movement.  It helps to reduce pain, improve grip strength and also help with a greater range of motion, even in a shorter time period. 

May boost immunity

Studies have also indicated that massage, including hot stone massage, can help to boost the immune system.

Who might benefit?

Those individuals who struggle with pain and muscle tension, insomnia or even stress and anxiety may find that hot stone massage is incredibly beneficial. The combination of the hot stones, relaxation, and the gentle, calming atmosphere of the massage room can all add to the feeling of well-being and help improve the efficacy of the treatment.

There are, as we have mentioned, a number of chronic conditions where hot stone massage has been shown to be beneficial, but it is always best to discuss this with your GP before booking a session. 

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