It’s winter time, quite cold in Melbourne. To have a relaxation massage with Hot Stone is perfect option for pampering your body and mind. In our practice, we use hot stone frequently not limited for relaxation massage, also for deep tissue and remedial massage. Adding heated stones to a massage therapy session, hot stone massage promotes deeper muscle relaxation, and warmth that provides a great way to unwind from the stresses of daily life, especially on a cold day.
Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which heated stones are positioned on parts of the client’s body of to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels.
A few clients asked “Can I not having hot stone please?”. Thinking of the nice warm sensation and loved by so many clients, we asked them why not? Below are a few answers:
“I never had hot stone but feel will be burned.”
“ I had hot stone once and they just left the stones on my back for 20mins and left there un attended.”
“There’s once the therapist put stone so hot that I jumped off the table.”
Those unfortunately bad experience certainly put clients off. It won’t happen in our practice. The temperature of the stones remains constant between 122-127 degrees Fahrenheit, which allowing for just enough heat to relax the entire body while warming tight muscles. Well trained therapists always cautious of the stone temperature, and never just leave the stones stacked on back like those stock photos which is quite misleading. Therapists will glide the warm stones over the tight muscles and certain acupressure points or trigger points if found, those stiff guarded parts will melt slowly underneath, quickly not against the pressure and help to relax thoroughly. Aches and pains are soothed as muscles and joints receive direct, transferred heat of the warm stones. The feeling is wonderfully “amazing”.
Often we have clients telling us that they felt “ very happy” after massage, many fell sleep. Snoring is rewarding sound for our therapists.
The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.
While all types of massage can help relieve pain caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries, a hot stone massage may provide greater relief due to the intense nature of the massage. Because the hot stones allow the massage therapist to penetrate deeper, you may find that a hot stone massage leaves you feeling physically better than a Swedish or deep-tissue massage that does not incorporate heat.
As the heat from the stones penetrates into your deeper body tissues, your blood vessels open, resulting in improved circulation. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, which tenses the muscles, and a buildup of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles. Increased circulation delivers more oxygen to the muscles, which can help ease aches and pains.
Massage therapy can result in mental benefits as well as physical ones in many people. You may find that the relaxation afforded to you through a hot stone massage helps ease some of your mental stress and tension. A hot stone massage may also help you combat some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders and depression. While massage therapy is not a substitute for traditional medical or psychiatric care, it can be an integral part of your treatment plan.