Hot stone massage is an offering you see at most spas. Are you wondering if there is any reason to shell out the extra money for one? Or are you just curious how this massage is different from the Swedish and Deep Tissue massages also on offer?
Massage tends to be one of the most popular services from most spas. Hot stone massage is no exception. This simple massage may be just right for you. The stones should be sanitized between uses and heated in a regulated stone heater to ensure the proper temperature. If the stones are too hot on your skin or for you to be comfortable, speak up immediately! This should be a deeply relaxing experience, not at all painful.
There needs to be much research done on hot stone massage to verify its benefits scientifically. However, it is thought that the hot stones may help relax and soothe muscles. Then in combination with the Swedish style massage tactics of nice long relaxing strokes, you may get much better results than from massage alone. Possibly with even less applied pressure.
Many who enjoy hot stone massages state that they find the experience deeply relaxing. Many use it to relieve depression or anxiety. It is also commonly used to treat stress or relieve tenseness in muscles. Because it is often combined with Swedish massage techniques you can reap the benefits of both all at once!
The most common stones used in hot stone massage are a type of volcanic rock, basalt. The most sought after stones are those that have been in the river for a long time and have lost all of their rough edges so they are smooth and retain heat well. These stones may be placed many places, though the most common places are along the spine, arms, legs, hands, and feet. Also possibilities though less common are along the stomach, chest, or at areas thought to have high energy.
While the cost may be a bit higher, it is worth considering for the potential added benefits. While deep massage has been proven to help relax muscles. Tense muscles can also prevent you from maximizing those benefits. Hot stone massage is thought to help remedy that issue by relaxing muscles for the masseuse so they may better relieve tension.