Hot Stone Massage Benefits
If you haven’t already done so, you may want to consider getting yourself scheduled for a hot stone massage…ASAP! The hot stone massage benefits are really the added bonus considering how great it feels.
What is a Hot Stone Massage?
A hot stone massage is when basalt stones are heated in hot water and used during a massage. Basalt is used because it is a volcanic rock that retains heat that then penetrates deep into the tissue during a hot stone massage. From an energetic perspective, these volcanic stones have grounding, balancing and emotionally calming qualities.
By relaxing both superficial and deeper muscles, the stones allow the therapist to work throughout the layers of tissue without having to use more pressure to get there. This type of massage has been shown to provide great benefit to people with fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders as it eases tension and provides pain relief in different ways from a massage without stones.
The History of Hot Stone Massage Benefits
Using heat for therapeutic purposes has a long and widespread history. For thousands of years, various forms of heat therapies have been used to treat and cure many diseases. The use of hot stones in conjunction with a therapeutic massage increases blood and lymph flow throughout the whole body, which boosts the immune system, oxygenates muscles and the brain, releases toxins and moves stagnation and the flow of energy throughout the whole body.
In order to appreciate how beneficial heat therapy is, we need to understand how it impacts the body, starting with the fascia. But what is fascia?
Fascia is our connective tissue that wraps around and links every part of our body to each other. Whether from surgery, injury or simply from everyday living, our superficial, deep and visceral fascia can get adhesions and restrictions that inhibit our bodies from moving freely. A hot stone massage can help smooth out and unstick these fascial layers, enabling us to have more mobility and ease of movement in muscles, nerves and organs.
Luckily, the hot stone massage benefits don’t stop there. Did you know you could also get a hot stone massage facial?
Hot Stone Massage Facial Benefits
- Relieve and relax muscle tension to help re-educate the muscles from constantly tightening/constricting and settling into a pattern that creates fine lines & wrinkles
- Increase (blood/lymph/Qi energy) circulation to help detoxify, stimulate healing, reduce redness and puffiness
- Open pores and encourage debris to be easily extracted and simultaneously allowing the powerful ingredients (from the skin care products) to penetrate into the deepest layers.
- Encourage sinus drainage, decrease swelling in the sinus cavities, and reduce pain (great for those suffering from allergies)
Alternatively, cold stones may be added to reduce inflammation and firm and tone the skin.
Hot stone massage can be deeply relaxing, stress reducing and anxiety relieving. It can help us get a better night’s sleep (who couldn’t use that!?), and can also be deeply beneficial to our overall wellbeing—physically, mentally and emotionally. If you’re looking to escape the winter and invite relaxation and healing into the body, call us at (303) 573-7484 to schedule a hot stone massage today!
There are, of course, cautions and contraindications associated with hot stone massage. Please consult your doctor if you have concerns about any conditions you have and the potential risks.